SISMA Auto Sdn Bhd unveiled the new Jaguar XF for the first time in Malaysia during the weekend at its showroom at the Pavillion, KL, The new award-winning Jaguar XF is available here in three variants – the 3.0 litre V6 priced at RM488,888, the 4.2 litre V8 priced at RM599,888 and finally the 4.2 litre supercharged V8 producing 420 horsepower at RM728,888.
Jaguar has got that new popular “4-door coupe” thing right with the Jaguar XF – rather than just looking like a sedan with an awkward roofline, the Jaguar XF looks like a proper coupe, a downsized version of the upcoming Aston Martin Rapide if you like.
The 3.0 litre V6 model that’s priced just under half a million ringgit produces 240 horsepower and 293Nm of torque, with 80% of peak torque available all the way from below 1,500rpm up to the peak engine revs of 6,800rpm. The all-aluminium engine features continuously variable cam phasing and variable geometry air intakes. 0 to 100km/h takes 8.3 seconds.
The 4.2 litre normally aspirated mid-range model produces 300 horsepower and 411Nm of torque. In supercharged form, this increases to 420 horsepower and 560Nm of torque. All three engines are mated to a ZF 6-speed quick shifting gearbox. A snappy ZF 6-speed with shift by wire will remind you of the new 6-speed ZF in the latest BMWs – especially the facelifted E60 and the 2nd generation X5 – so it may be a similiar model. 0 to 100km/h with these two models take 6.5 seconds and 5.4 seconds respectively.
Being a CBU car, the interior can be customised at order with several different seat and upper interior trims colours as well as 3 different types of wood. Despite the sloping coupe roofline, I did not find any problem with headroom in the rear seat bench.
And then there’s of course the much talked about start-up sequence when you enter the new XF. You will find a video of this after the jump. When you turn on the car via the pulsating red start button, the JaguarDrive selected rises up to meet your palm, the instrumentation panel displays a startup sequence, and the air conditioning vents turn to the opened position. Turn the JaguarDrive selector clockwise from P to D and vice versa, and for Sports mode you give it a little press.
Interestingly during the presentation, it was revealed that the instrumentation panel lighting was inspired from the Motorola RAZR mobile phones, which explains the turquoise-coloured ambient lighting used throughout the car. Consulting for the controls layout was also provided by Motorola. Other than the rotary dial JaguarDrive gear selector, there are also a few other cool novelties. The front interior lights and the glove box are opened with a wave of your hand or a finger light touch thanks to a proximity sensor.
Driving aids include dual-mode DSC with a less intrusive mode, ABS, EBD, cornering brake control, engine drag torque control, and understeer control logic which decelerates the car and helps restore grip to the front wheels when required. Strangely xenon headlamps seem to be only available for the supercharged V8 model, while the V6 and V8 get halogen headlamps.
VIDEO: Jaguar XF – Exterior
Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum, provides insight into the XF’s exterior design.
VIDEO: Jaguar XF – Interior
Jaguar Design’s Alister Whelan discusses what makes the XF’s interior a contemporary space.
VIDEO: Jaguar XF – Drive Modes
Jaguar Chief Engineer Mike Cross provides a driver’s view of the XF’s Drive Control system. The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system uses the anti-lock braking and traction control systems to give the driver better control of the car.
VIDEO: Jaguar XF – Performance
Jaguar Chief Engineer Mike Cross describes the XF’s in-built strengh and agility, including the XF’s body structure and suspension technology.
VIDEO: Jaguar XF – Start-Up Sequence
Jaguar Design’s Wayne Burgess describes the XF’s unique start up sequence. At start-up, the button in front of the JaguarDrive Selectorâ„¢ pulses red; once you press it, the engine starts and the JaguarDrive Selectorâ„¢ rises softly into the palm of your hand – what Jaguar calls the Jaguar handshake.
VIDEO: Jaguar XF – Refined Drive
Members of the XF Engineering and Technical team discuss the importance of sound engineering, not just making the car quiet but how the overall car sounds.
VIDEO: Jaguar XF – Bowers & Wilkins Acoustic system
Jaguar Design’s Wayne Burgess and Danny Haikin of Bowers & Wilkins describe the XF’s sound system.
VIDEO: Jaguar XF – Random Footage and Interviews
VIDEO: Jaguar XF – TV Commercial