New Jaguar XF: Superb Refinement and Powerful New Engines

Did you drive an XF already? The XF is not a family car, it’s not a city shopper, it’s not a sexy soft top but you would love it for sure! The XF from Jaguar combines suave good looks and classic lines and powerful engines.

In the luxury car segment, however, three years is about as long as a manufacturer wants to go between mid-cycle refreshes, and the 2013 Jaguar XF now benefits from a few key changes.

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EXTERIOR
On the outside, the car’s front end has been restyled to look even more like the new XJ. The revisions of the model give the XF a tweaked bonnet and bumper and sleeker more cat-like eyes.

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The front grille is more aggressive and the air intakes are bisected by chrome blades.

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Daytime running lights and taillights now incorporate LEDs, and the tail lights stretch into the trunk for a more dramatic rear style.

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Also, Jaguar offers the XF in three new exterior colors with a new set of alloy wheels size 18″ to 20″.

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INTERIOR
The XF’s interior design has always be favorite of mine since I first tested the vehicle, but for 2013, the interior has been further improved with high-end materials and new technologies.

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The front and rear seats have been redesigned to incorporate a ‘hoop’ design element on the seat and backrest that improves their appearance and support. The company is now offering a new color combination and a revised color scheme on the center console, dashboard, and steering wheel where buttons and switchgear have a more luxurious soft feel black paint finish. The ‘Tungsten’ finish is replaced by a more contemporary ‘Aurora’ theme.

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The list of technologies includes a seven-inch Touch-screen with a new polarizing filter for improved contrast, addition buttons, and a revised graphics palette including Interactive Voice control.
As I told you before the Jaguar XF surrounds you with serious luxury-car features. Audio systems have been completely revamped for 2013 and include an all-new 1200-watt surround sound system from Bowers & Wilkins at the top. All models have two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and built-in music storage.

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ENGINES
Jaguar will be offering a number of engine options for the new XF, including a choice of three diesel powertrains and two petrol versions.

The big change for this year is the inclusion of an all-new 2.2-litre diesel four-cylinder turbocharged engine which comes with a fuel and emissions-saving Intelligent Stop/Start system for the first time in a Jaguar.
This great engine produces 187 horsepower while emitting just 149g/km of CO2 – and still deliver a top speed of 225km/h with a 0-100-km/h time of 8.5 seconds.
The Jag is as biddable and flexible as I hope, but where it really rouses itself is on the motorway. Its smooth engine and eight-speed auto gearbox seem to swallow kilometres without bothering to chew them.

More powerful than that is the 3.0-litre diesel twin-turbocharged engine with 237 horsepower, good enough for a 0-100km/h time of 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 240km/h.
Then there’s the 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine that produces 275 horsepower and, which translates to a 0-100km/h time of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 237km/h.

If that’s not enough for your taste, if you want an even faster sport car, the XFR ups the output of the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 to 510 horsepower (an article about this terrible car will follow soon on GUSMEN)

The engine is perfectly complemented by the all-new 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox (standard on all XF diesel models). 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.

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When you push the start button, the car comes to life around you: the rotary gear selector rises up out of its chrome casing, the infotainment panel and digital dashboard flicker and the air vents rotate towards you.
I love it, feeling like the captain of a spaceship ready for new adventures!
The XF delivers tactile satisfaction and has an understated, graceful feel from behind the wheel that will often have you thinking you’re not moving as quickly as you are… Watch the speed limit!

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I totally admit to being impressed by the XF’s build quality, comfort and performance. The XF offers silky-smooth power delivery, tenacious grip and a very satisfying experience behind the wheel. If you’re in the market for a luxury car, I suggest you give the XF a test drive. I’m quite sure that the Big Cat from Coventry will seduce you after the first kilometer.

Image source: Jaguar
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