Meet the new Jaguar XF

The facelift of the second generation XF is here, and it houses class-leading technology.

The X260 generation Jaguar XF was released in 2015, and the mid-cycle update has arrived for 2021. This new XF features a revised exterior design with new headlights, a new interior and updated technology including an all-new touchscreen display, active noise cancellation and PM2.5 particle filtration.

The front-end boasts a revised front bumper design with lower air-ducts and a larger front grille, and the new quad-LED headlights form dual signature ‘Double J’ daytime running lights. Advanced lighting is fitted optionally with the optional ‘Pixel LED’ technology, which includes ‘Adaptive Driving Beam’ which automatically masks the high beam to signs and passing road users. ‘Premium LED technology’ and Auto High Beam Assist is standard across the range, and animated indicators provide a touch of contemporary style.

The rear end remains rather similar to the predecessor, except for the addition of a new and more aggressive rear splitter – making for a premium touch, and darker rear lights and surrounds blend the lights in well to the contrasting bodywork.

In R-Dynamic trim, the XF gains new dictinct exterior trim – and the new ‘Black Pack’ offers bespoke elements finished in Gloss Black.

Multiple petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains are available in overseas markets, however Australia delivered examples will only be available with a 2.0L twin-scroll turbo petrol engine. This Ingenium four-cylinder (as its called) produces 221kW (296hp) of power and 400Nm of torque, which paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, allows for a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 6.1 seconds.

The inside of the XF seamlessly integrates advanced technologies and is simply a beautiful place to be.

Julian Thomson – Jaguar Design Director

Pertaining to luxury roots, the new XF fancies finer details, from the ‘cricket-ball’ stitched leather and ‘precision-engineered’ metal gear selector to the laser-etched speaker frets.

The interior has been completely overhauled to fit larger displays and storage compartments, as well as offer the customer a more premium feel in an effectively smaller car.

New leather seats possess wider cushioning, more heating/cooling coverage, and new massage functions, allowing the new XF to create a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere for the driver and passengers.

Additionally, new trim pieces are finished in wood-veneer and aluminium, designed to flow through the cabin to maximise high-end upmarket feel.

Up-to-date technology is important for Jaguar, and the XF knows no less. The cockpit is centered around a large 11.4-inch curved high-definition touchscreen, cased in elegantly crafted magnesium alloy – and it controls the new Pivi Pro infotainment system which is shared between new Jaguar and Land Rover models.

This new screen provides enhanced clarity and sharpness – being nearly 50% larger and three times brighter than the previous display, and Jaguar states that most common tasks are accessible from the home screen in just two taps or less.

Vital information is presented on the all-new 12.3-inch Driver Display, which features onboard graphics and a configurable layout. The driver is able to easily use steering wheel controls to change the style of the dashboard, from full-screen mapping with speed overlay to media and other infotainment details.

The new XF brings full-size luxury car technology into the midsize segment, with segment-first class-leading Active Noise Cancellation. This device monitors vibrations from the road and blasts the opposite sound wave to create an extremely quiet cabin – more importantly reducing fatigue, which Jaguar states is caused by prolonged exposure to low-frequency noise.

In addition, the new XF constantly monitors cabin occupancy to optimise performance at all times, and the rear view mirror is digitalized and integrated with a rear-facing camera to maximise safety.

In wake of the pandemic, health of occupants is taken into consideration with the new XF, with an optional ‘Cabin Air Ionisation’ device. This uses Panasonic Nanoe technology to remove allergens and foul smells from entering the cabin, as well as improve air quality overall with an in-built PM2.5 filtration system to capture ultra-fine particles.

Jaguar is committed to making cars strong and safe whilst keeping them light-weight, employing the use of recycled aluminium built into the architecture of the car. The kerb weight of the car sits at just over 1.8 tonnes, remaining quite light for the technology that the new XF benefits from.

The XF in R-Dynamic HSE P300 AWD specification is available for order now, priced from $100,200 AUD – and first deliveries are expected in the first quarter of 2021.


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