Jaguar XF

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Jaguar XF
2011 Jaguar XF (X250 MY11) sedan (2012-06-04).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Jaguar Cars
Production 2007–present
Assembly Castle Bromwich Assembly, Birmingham, England
Pune, India (CKD)[1][2]
Designer Ian Callum (2005)
Body and chassis
Class Executive car/Mid-size luxury car
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door sportbrake
Layout FR
Platform Ford DEW98 platform
Related Lincoln LS (2000–2006)
Ford Thunderbird (2002–2005)
Jaguar S-Type (1999–2008)
Powertrain
Engine petrol
2.0 T I4
3.0 V6
3.0 S V6
4.2 V8
4.2 S V8
5.0 V8
5.0 S V8
diesel
2.2 I4
2.7 V6
3.0 V6
Transmission

6-speed automatic[3]

8-speed automatic [3]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,909 mm (114.5 in)[3]
Length

4,961 mm (195.3 in)[3] Saloon

4,966 mm (195.5 in)[3] Sportbrake
Width

1,877 mm (73.9 in)[3] (exc. mirrors; 2008-2011)

2,077 mm (81.8 in)[3] (inc. mirrors; 2008-2011)
80.8 in (2,052 mm) (2012-)
Height 1,460 mm (57.5 in)
Kerb weight 1,850 kg (4,079 lb) [3]
Chronology
Predecessor Jaguar S-Type

The Jaguar XF (codename: X250) is an executive/mid-size luxury car produced by British car manufacturer Jaguar Cars which was first revealed in autumn 2007 as a replacement for the Jaguar S-Type.

Overview[edit]

2008 Jaguar XF

The XF was developed at Jaguar's Whitley design and development HQ in Coventry and is built at Castle Bromwich Assembly facility in Birmingham. During its development the XF was known by its codename X250.[4]

The XF was launched at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show,[5][6] following the public showing of the C-XF concept in January 2007 at the North American International Auto Show. Designed by Jaguar's design director Ian Callum,[7] it was a significant design change from its predecessor. The styling of the finalised production XF varies from that of the C-XF, most notably around the front lights and nose, which incorporates an oval mesh grille harking back to the original Jaguar XJ of 1968. The boot lid retained the S-Type's chromed blade to its edge, but also included a "leaper" Jaguar logo as well.

The interior included some unique features such as the air conditioning vents which are flush-fitting in the dash, rotating open once the engine is started, and a rotating gearshift dial called the JaguarDrive Selector which rises out of the centre console.[8] Another departure from the traditional Jaguar cabin ambiance is the use of pale-blue backlighting to the instruments, switchgear, and around major control panels. Some minor systems, such as the interior lighting, are controlled simply by touching the light covers. The glove compartment also opens to the touch. Unusually the XF has no cloth interior option, with even the entry level model being fully trimmed in leather - even areas that have employed plastic on previous Jaguars. Real wood veneers are available, but have been joined by aluminium, carbon fibre and piano black lacquer trims to create a modern look to the passenger compartment.

Customer deliveries commenced in March 2008,[9] with a range of V6 and V8 engines.[10]

Worldwide Sales[edit]

Year Sales
2009 26,247
2010 34,368
2011 30,646
2012 34,693
2013 47,422

[11]

Facelift (2011)[edit]

Facelift Jaguar XF

In April 2011, Jaguar revealed the details of a facelift for the XF at the New York International Auto Show, with manufacturing beginning in July 2011.[12]

The facelift includes front and rear styling changes which are based on the original Jaguar C-XF concept car, internal trim enhancements, adaptive cruise control, and a new four-cylinder 187 bhp (139 kW; 190 PS) 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) 2.2-litre diesel engine, which is combined with a new eight-speed automatic transmission and stop-start technology to emit 149 g/km CO2 and fuel consumption of 52.3 mpg-imp (5.40 L/100 km; 43.5 mpg-US).[13]

XF models[edit]

The XF was launched with a variety of models called, depending on country, 'SE', 'Luxury', 'Premium Luxury' (or 'Premium'), 'Portfolio' (or 'Premium Portfolio'), 'SV8' (or 'Supercharged') and 'R'. For the UK market, company car friendly 'Executive Edition' and 'SE Business' models with a lower tuned versions of the 3.0 L and 2.2 L diesel engines respectively are available.

XF Supercharged (2009–)[edit]

The 2008 4.2-litre supercharged engined was replaced by the new 5.0-litre supercharged engine rated at 470 PS (346 kW; 464 hp), and came with Adaptive Dynamics (computer controlled continuously variable damping) and Active Differential Control (electronically controlled rear differential).[14]

XFR (2009–)[edit]

2010 Jaguar XFR

The XFR was announced at Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January 2009 as a new performance derivative of the XF range, and featured the new 5.0-litre supercharged AJ-V8 Gen III engine rated 510 PS (375 kW; 503 hp), a revised front bumper and spoiler and 20-inch (510 mm) alloy wheels.[15][16]

Police car (2009–)[edit]

A special version of the XF Diesel S was announced in 2009 for the UK police car market, with the first police force orders in 2010.[17] Its emergency vehicle equipment included a roof-mounted light bar with 3,600 light elements, side alley lights, blue and white strobing LEDs in the grille and blue flashing LEDs along the side of the car, blue and red flashing LED lights in the rear light clusters.[18][19]

XF Sportbrake (2012–)[edit]

Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

The Sportbrake was formally revealed in March 2012, and went on-sale date in October of the same year. It is available with all of the saloon's engines and has a loading capacity of 550 litres (19 cubic feet) with the seats up and 1,675 litres (59.2 cubic feet) with them folded.[20] The maximum capacity surpasses that of rivals BMW 5-Series Touring,[21] Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon,[22] and the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.[23] The extended roofline increases rear headroom by 48 mm (1.9 inches) and the rear bench includes a 60:40 split and remote-controlled 'one-touch' folding function. The load area is fitted with multi-function rails and is 1,970 mm (78 inches) long and 1,064 millimetres (41.9 in) wide.[24]

XFR-S (2013–)[edit]

An R-S version of the XF was confirmed in 2012 following on from a picture that Jaguar released shortly before the Los Angeles Motor Show. It uses the same 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine as the XKR-S.

The engine produces 550 PS (400 kW) and 680 N·m (500 lbf·ft) of torque. The XFR-S has an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h and does 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The XFR-S differs from the normal XFR as it has bespoke 20-inch Varuna-design alloy wheels, wider front grills and carbon fibre. The front grills improve aerodynamic efficiency as does the large rear wing. Combined, they cut lift by 68%. At the back there is a rear diffuser and quad tailpipes. The suspension is stiffer by 30% and the electronic differential and stability control are reprogrammed to take the extra power.[25]

Specifications[edit]

Aerodynamics[edit]

The car body was developed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) before the car ever saw a wind tunnel. Every area from the outer skin to the lightweight, composite undertray to the cooling airflow (even the shape of the exterior mirrors) was optimised using this process. The higher, squarer tail is more efficient aerodynamically than a lower, rounded one, and the XF's coupé-like roofline and raised bootlid lip improve airflow over the rear of the car.

Chassis[edit]

The basic sub-structure of the XF has been carried over from the S-Type, although the body has been stretched to meet crash safety requirements, and heightened to provide additional headroom while still retaining the "saloon within a coupé" proportions. The suspension and mountings are the same as that used on the XK, while the engine line-up is basically similar to that used in the S-Type.

Sound and vibration insulation is provided by the addition of a special underbody tray and engine mounts, a tuned exhaust system, and a double bulkhead between the engine bay and passenger compartment.

Engine specifications[edit]

All XF models are automatic and are Euro 5 compliant. The naturally-aspirated petrol 3.0 V6 was discontinued in Europe in 2010, but continues to be sold elsewhere.

Next Green Car (NGC) an organisation that analyses vehicle emissions and rates them from 0 (cleanest) to 100 (dirtiest) - analysed the emissions from Jaguar's current XF range:[26] ADAC's EcoTest has also rated three of the diesel engines.

Start End Model & Transmission Engine Power Torque Top Speed 0-60 mph (0–100 km/h) Economy Emissions NGC EcoTest
Petrol
2012 - Jaguar XF 2.0 i4 Ti 2.0 L, I4 241 PS (177 kW) 340 N·m (250 lb·ft) 150 mph (240 km/h) 7.5 s  (7.9 s) 31.7 mpg-imp (8.9 l/100 km) 207 g/km -
2008 2011 Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 3.0 L, V6 238 PS (175 kW) 293 N·m (216 lb·ft) 148 mph (238 km/h) 7.6 s  (8.0 s) 26.9 mpg-imp (10.5 l/100 km) 249 g/km -
2012 - Jaguar XF 3.0 V6 SC 3.0 L, V6 340 PS (250 kW) 450 N·m (332 lb·ft) 155 mph (249 km/h) 5.7 s  (5.9 s) 30.0 mpg-imp (9.4 l/100 km) 224 g/km 61[27]
2008 2009 Jaguar XF 4.2 V8 4.2 L, V8 300 PS (220 kW) 420 N·m (310 lb·ft) 155 mph (249 km/h) 6.5 s  (6.7 s) 25.5 mpg-imp (11.1 l/100 km) 264 g/km -
2008 2009 Jaguar XF 4.2 V8 SC 4.2 L, V8 416 PS (306 kW) 560 N·m (410 lb·ft) 155 mph (249 km/h) 5.2 s  (5.4 s) 22.4 mpg-imp (12.6 l/100 km) 299 g/km -
2009 2012 Jaguar XF 5.0 V8 5.0 L, V8 385 PS (283 kW) 515 N·m (380 lb·ft) 155 mph (249 km/h) 5.4 s  (5.7 s) 25.8 mpg-imp (10.9 l/100 km) 254 g/km 70[28]
2009 - Jaguar XF 5.0 V8 SC 5.0 L, V8 470 PS (350 kW) 575 N·m (424 lb·ft) 155 mph (249 km/h) 4.9 s  (5.2 s) 25.4 mpg-imp (11.1 l/100 km) 264 g/km 70[29]
2009 - Jaguar XF 5.0 V8 SC 5.0 L, V8 510 PS (380 kW) 625 N·m (461 lb·ft) 155 mph (249 km/h) 4.7 s  (4.9 s) 24.4 mpg-imp (11.6 l/100 km) 270 g/km 71[30]
2012 - Jaguar XF 5.0 V8 SC 5.0 L, V8 550 PS (400 kW) 680 N·m (500 lb·ft) 186 mph (299 km/h) 4.4 s  (4.6 s) 24.4 mpg-imp (11.6 l/100 km) 270 g/km 73[31]
Diesel
2011 - Jaguar XF 2.2 TDi4 163 2.2 L, I4 163 PS (120 kW) 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) 130 mph (210 km/h) 9.8 s  (10.5 s) 55.4 mpg-imp (5.10 l/100 km) 135 g/km 41[32]
2011 2012 Jaguar XF 2.2 TDi4 190 2.2 L, I4 190 PS (140 kW) 450 N·m (330 lb·ft) 140 mph (230 km/h) 8.0 s  (8.5 s) 52.3 mpg-imp (5.40 l/100 km) 149 g/km 43[33] 4/5 stars 82
2012 - Jaguar XF 2.2 TDi4 200 2.2 L, I4 200 PS (150 kW) 450 N·m (330 lb·ft) 140 mph (230 km/h) 8.0 s  (8.5 s) 52.0 mpg-imp (5.43 l/100 km) 139 g/km 41[32]
2008 2009 Jaguar XF 2.7 TDV6 207 2.7 L, V6 207 PS (152 kW) 435 N·m (321 lb·ft) 142 mph (229 km/h) 8.2 s  (8.5 s) 37.7 mpg-imp (7.49 l/100 km) 199 g/km - 3/5 stars 65
2009 2011 Jaguar XF 3.0 TDV6 211 3.0 L, V6 211 PS (155 kW) 450 N·m (330 lb·ft) 149 mph (240 km/h) 8.1 s  (8.4 s) 41.5 mpg-imp (6.81 l/100 km) 179 g/km 51[34] 4/5 stars 76
2011 - Jaguar XF 3.0 TDV6 240 3.0 L, V6 240 PS (180 kW) 500 N·m (370 lb·ft) 155 mph (249 km/h) 6.7 s  (7.1 s) 46.0 mpg-imp (6.14 l/100 km) 159 g/km 46[35]
2011 - Jaguar XF 3.0 SDV6 275 3.0 L, V6 275 PS (202 kW) 600 N·m (440 lb·ft) 155 mph (249 km/h) 5.9 s  (6.4 s) 46.0 mpg-imp (6.14 l/100 km) 159 g/km 46[35]

The 2.7-litre V6 diesel engine, replaced in 2009 with a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel AJ-V6D Gen III,[36] came in two states of tune.[37] The diesel engines are a product of the joint venture between Ford and Peugeot-Citroën.[38]

Transmissions[edit]

The XF was launched with only an automatic gearbox. The six-speed ZF automatic with torque converter lock-up is programmed to shift 10% quicker than before and is fitted to all petrol engines. Diesel engines are fitted with an advanced eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. On both transmissions the gears can either be selected using a rotary dial that rises from the centre console on start-up or can be manually controlled using paddles behind the steering wheel. An AWD option is available in some left hand drive markets, and is only available with the supercharged 3.0L V6 engine.

Equipment[edit]

Sound system[edit]

The standard audio system comprises a ten-speaker, 250 W set-up that includes a radio, CD player, WMA and MP3 compatibility as well as USB storage devices.[39]

From 2008 to 2012, there was an optional Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) sound system available. At its core there are 17 speakers which (with the exception of the aluminium high-frequency tweeters) employ B&W's Kevlar composite speaker cones. Each front door contains a 168 mm (6.6 in) woofer, a 100 mm (4 in) mid-range speaker and a 25 mm (1.0 in) dome tweeter (the latter two wired in parallel with a crossover), while each rear door houses a similar 168 mm (6.6 in) woofer and 25 mm (1.0 in) tweeter. As a centre speaker there is a 100 mm (4 in) full-range driver, similar to the two 100 mm (4 in) full-range 'surround' speakers located on the rear parcel shelf. The B&W system has been reviewed by journalists at Autocar magazine, who proclaimed it the best in-car system they have ever heard.[40]

For 2013 models, Jaguar introduced the option of a new Meridian sound system upgrade instead of B&W; with a choice of 380 W 11-speaker or an 825 W surround sound 17-speaker system.[41]

Multimedia interaction[edit]

A 7-inch full-colour screen is fitted to the dashboard of all XFs and can be used to control most multimedia systems. The same screen can also be upgraded with analogue and digital television capability. Available as an option is JaguarVoice which allows the driver to speak commands in order to control everything from the sound and navigation systems to telephone calls and the climate control system.[39]

Safety[edit]

The XF was crash tested in 2010 by EuroNCAP and it gained a four star rating. The XF's result was seen as a disappointment by some car magazines.[42][43] When retested in 2011, the XF turned in improved scores in adult occupant, child occupant and pedestrian areas.

Jaguar XF
Euro NCAP 2010
Jaguar XF
Euro NCAP 2011
Test Points  %
Overall 4/5 stars -
Adult Occupant 28 78%
Child Occupant 32 65%
Pedestrian Impact 16 43%
Safety Assist 5 71%
Test Points  %
Overall 4/5 stars -
Adult Occupant 28 79%
Child Occupant 36 73%
Pedestrian Impact 22 62%
Safety Assist 5 71%

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) also tested the XF and gave it a score of 32.38 points out of 37, giving it an ANCAP rating of 4 out of 5.[44]

Thatcham's New Car Whiplash Ratings awarded the XF 'good' score for Geometric, Dynamic and Overall ratings.[45]

Security[edit]

Deadlocks, an alarm and an engine immobiliser are fitted as standard to the XF. The car also locks itself when it reaches a pre-set speed to help protect against carjackings.[46] The XF was tested by Thatcham's New Vehicle Security Ratings (NVSR) organisation and achieved the following ratings:[47]

NVSR Rating
Theft of car: 5/5 stars
Theft from car: 4/5 stars

Critical reception[edit]

Jeremy Clarkson of 'Top Gear reviewed the XFR during episode 5 of series 13. During the review he said: "I'm not going to, even for a minute suggest that it's [XFR] better than the M5, but it's as-good-as. And praise does not get higher than that". During the same episode The Stig managed a lap time of 1:26.7 s with the XFR, making the XFR only 0.5 s slower than its rival the BMW M5 (1:26.2).[48]

Jaguar speed record[edit]

On 7 November 2008, a modified XFR was driven by Paul Gentilozzi of Rocketsports, who prepared the car, to a new Jaguar record of 225.675 mph (363.189 km/h) on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The new record beat the previous Jaguar record of 217.1 mph (349.4 km/h) in an XJ220 in 1992.[49] Changes to the stock vehicle included low-mounted rear spoiler, increased power to 510 PS (375 kW; 503 hp) by a remapped ECU, a modified air intake and exhaust system and revised supercharger settings.[50]

Awards[edit]

  • The concept C-XF was awarded 2007 North American Production Preview Vehicle of the Year award.[51]
  • What Diesel? magazine awarded the XF both the Car of the Year and Best Executive Car awards in 2008.[52]
  • In 2009, What Diesel? magazine, for the second year running, awarded the XF both the Car of the Year and Best Executive Car awards.[52]
  • The XF won the What Car? Best Executive Car category again in 2009,[53]
  • The XF won the What Car? Best Executive Car award for the third time in 2010.[54]
  • For the fourth successive year, the XF won the What Car? Best Executive Car award in 2011.[55]
  • In August 2011 the XF was awarded Car of the Decade by Auto Express[56]

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