|Jaguar model code: X250
A saloon with the soul of a Jaguar sports car,
2012 Model Year
- Dramatic design changes bring the XF’s exterior into line with the XJ flagship. Revisions to the grille, bonnet and front wings incorporating new triangular side vents give the car a more muscular, purposeful appearance. The range-topping XFR receives its own unique, overtly assertive design to underline its performance potential while an alternative ‘Aerodynamic’ option is available on all other derivatives for a total of three dramatically different styling options. Further refinement is assured on all models by the use of additional acoustic shielding and the use of computational fluid dynamics to smooth exterior airflow.
- Bi-function HID xenon headlamps incorporate LED daytime running lights with a distinctive ‘J-Blade’ signature.
- Three discrete front bumper and lower rear valance treatments differentiate between XF variants.
- Full LED rear lights for stop, tail and direction indicator functions are entirely new and now extend into the central portion of the boot lid, giving the XF a distinctive night-time rear signature.
- The boot now features power closure on all models, and a revised bootlid finisher with gloss black lower edge.
- New range of 17 – 20 inch alloy wheels.
- Three new paint colours.
- An all-new, state-of-the-art 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine “AJ-i4D” will power the most economical Jaguar ever, with a range of more than 500 miles, 190PS power output and 450Nm of torque. For the first time in a Jaguar, AJ-i4D introduces Intelligent Stop/Start technology, improving fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to 52.3mpg and 149g/km, respectively. This Euro Stage V compliant, market specific version of the XF retains the muscular performance of a true Jaguar sports saloon and offers levels of refinement on a par with the previously-fitted 2.7-litre V6 diesel. Reaching 60mph in 8.0 seconds, the car will go on to achieve a top speed of 140mph.
- Intelligent Stop/Start makes its debut with the AJ-i4D, the first time this technology has been seen in any premium diesel saloon. It automatically shuts down the engine in just 300 milliseconds when the car comes to rest, in order to improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions by between 5 and 7 percent. No driver intervention is necessary, with the engine management software analysing a host of complex factors in order to decide when the engine can safely be stopped. A Tandem Solenoid Starter with a dedicated secondary battery instantly restarts the engine as soon as the driver’s foot leaves the brake pedal, ensuring it is running optimally by the time the accelerator is pressed. In order to facilitate this process, the gearbox features Hydraulic Impulse Storage, which supplies oil pressure to actuate the shift elements.
- New 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox with optimised response rates, shift quality and efficiency. Specifically adapted by our engineers for its first-time application in a Jaguar, the transmission offers a host of benefits including both improved acceleration and economy. Gearchanges are completed in just 200 milliseconds – four times faster than the average human resting heartbeat – while driver control is enhanced by the ability to perform multiple downshifts using the paddleshift technology. The use of lightweight materials ensures the overall weight remains the same as the previous six-speed transmission, while improved pump design and gear control elements increase efficiency. Standard on all XF diesel models, it reduces the CO2 emissions of the 3.0-litre V6 to 169g/km and improves fuel consumption to 44.8mpg.
- For the first time, all diesel variants are also available with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system, allowing the enthusiastic driver to enjoy the car’s outstanding chassis control and discover the XF’s sporting soul.
- Revised front and rear seats incorporate a ‘hoop’ feature on both squab and backrest that improves not only their appearance but also the support offered by increasing the seat’s profile.
- New hide colour combinations, veneers and headlining. All models benefit from a revision to the colour scheme on the centre console, fascia and steering wheel where the ‘Tungsten’ finish is replaced by a more contemporary ‘Aurora’ theme.
- The XF incorporates a formidable amount of technology but in true Jaguar fashion it is integrated seamlessly into the function of the car and controlled through a central seven-inch Touch-screen with a new polarising filter for better contrast viewing. In order to reduce driver workload, additional switches have been added below the Touch-screen to instantly switch between different functions while new graphics are based on those in Jaguar’s flagship XJ. The main driver instrument cluster is now a full-colour TFT unit for greater resolution and clarity.
- Three new audio systems are offered on the XF, all of which represent a significant upgrade on those previously available. Heading this up is a 1200W, 17-speaker premium set-up, from British audio experts Bowers & Wilkins, which offers concert hall-like sound reproduction. All audio systems can be specified with a hard-drive based satellite navigation system that incorporates a ‘virtual’ CD multichanger allowing the owner to ‘rip’ 10 CDs at a time into the car’s memory storage and play them as if they were a physical music medium. The system also now offers a number of different options for connecting MP3 players; two USB ports, one of which is iPod specific, and Bluetooth connectivity that allows music to be streamed from a smartphone.
- The majority of the car’s functions can also be controlled from the driver’s seat by Jaguar’s Interactive Voice functionality, which provides an intuitive interface for safe, hands-free operation.
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SUGGESTED CONTACTS and FURTHER READING
- Additional Information can be found by reference to The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club XF Forum