2016 Jaguar XF revealed – 2nd gen up to 190 kg lighter


Say hello to the all-new 2016 Jaguar XF, unveiled to the world ahead of its debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Lighter, more spacious, more powerful and more fuel efficient than ever before, the second-generation executive sedan – which goes on sale in the autumn – will be hoping to take on the competition on more than just good looks this time around.

Certainly, the previous model was quite stunning to look at – particularly in facelifted form – but this takes it to the next level. Sharing much of its aesthetic with the smaller XE, the new car features a larger, more prominent grille, slimmer headlights (full-LED units are offered for the first time on a Jaguar), some sharper definition to its flanks and an F-Type-inspired rear end.

A glasshouse that stretches further back allows the new XF to keep its characteristic coupé-like roofline, while no doubt addressing the outgoing model’s lack of rear headroom. Indeed, rear accommodation has been a focus on the new car – although it’s 7 mm shorter and 3 mm lower than before, the 2,960 mm wheelbase is actually 51 mm longer, providing what Jaguar says is class-leading rear space.


As we’ve seen before, the interior is also heavily inspired by its smaller sibling. The novel hidden-until-you-want-them swivelling centre vents have been ditched (the ones on the side have been retained) for more conventional items atop an enormous 10.2-inch touchscreen that controls the new quad-core InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. There’s also a new 12.3-inch TFT LCD virtual instrument cluster, taken from the XJ.

The XE’s wide central tunnel also looks to have been carried over, but with a new roll-up cover over the cupholders. And of course, who can forget the rotary gear selector that debuted in the original XF?

Built on Jaguar’s mostly aluminium modular architecture (the second model after the XE) the new XF is up to 190 kg lighter than before – the company claims it is 80 kg lighter than the next competitor – despite torsional stiffness having increased by as much as 28%. Also carried over from the XE are front double wishbone and rear Integral Link suspension (with optional Adaptive Dynamics dampers), as well as electric power steering.


This is allied to a range of new engines, beginning with a 2.0 litre turbodiesel from the new Ingenium family. Two outputs – 163 PS/380 Nm and 180 PS/430 Nm – are on offer, the former delivering fuel consumption of under 4.0 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 104 grams per kilometre, figures that are said to be class-leading. Both oil-burners are mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

From there onwards, the auto is the sole transmission choice, mated to either a 240 PS/340 Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged and direct-injected petrol four-pot, an updated 300 PS/700 Nm 3.0 litre biturbo diesel V6 or the F-Type’s 3.0 litre supercharged petrol V6 in either 340 PS/450 Nm or 380 PS/450 Nm outputs. Fire-breathing R and R-S variants will surely come later on.

Available in certain markets is a torque-on-demand all-wheel drive system with F-Type-derived Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD), equipped with a chain-driven transfer case that is lighter, quieter and more efficient than a regular gear-driven unit. Rear-wheel drive models instead come with All-Surface Progress Control, a sort of low-speed cruise control that ensures optimum traction in adverse conditions.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Awesome !

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  • shawal on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:29 am

    its a carbon copy of the xe…
    Only slightly bigger..

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    • well that’s what all the german’s are doing lately… especially merc and audi

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    • Don Juan De Marco on Mar 25, 2015 at 10:38 am

      It is understandable that the overall design of the new XF is influenced by Jaguar’s strategy to make the new Jaguar models range instantly recognizable as a JAGUAR. Although the dashboard design is a bit lacking in identity and a bit unimaginative. Circular air-con vents (like what found in the XJ) are much better though..

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      • shawal on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:38 am

        True….should have followed the xj
        The central aircond vents looks like it came from the corolla

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  • mana itu tiger dah tak lompat kat front hood?

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    • hahaha on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:52 am

      kereta terlalu cepat… kuching tertinggal!

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    • alldisc on Mar 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

      regulations on pedestrian crash safety sejak thn 2008. semua jaguar guna logo growler.

      berbeza dgn mercedez benz dan rolls royce yg mempunyai emblem fleksibel, patung jaguar di bonet itu adalah mati dan mampu memberi kecederaan serius dalam pelanggaran dengan manusia (pedestrian/motorcyclists)

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  • Lamusiqa on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Now that’s what I call an upgrade. Stunning looks!

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Mar 25, 2015 at 8:59 am

    this is ok for an Audi, but a Jaguar should look more striking….

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  • would drive a Jag anyday over any of the german’s counterpart eg: benz, bmw, audi

    only if the after sales in msia is good enough….

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  • heybadigol (Member) on Mar 25, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I think it looks derivative like other cars on the road now. The 1st gen XF was sexier. But of course, they had to raise that car’s slooping rearwards roofline for more headroom in the new car, hence why the new XF looks rather common. The Maserati Ghibli looks better than this.

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  • Still think the rear of the facelifted 1st gen is better looking.

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  • Barry Brett on Mar 25, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    The current xf is still one of the most beautiful production cars on the market. A hard act to follow.
    My first thought is this new one is a backward step,
    may be better in the flesh.

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  • Jimmy on Mar 25, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    The interior can be made more English-styled.
    Not ubiquitous.

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  • Marco on Mar 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    The powertrains are nice especially the
    300 PS/700 Nm 3.0 litre biturbo diesel V6

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  • Josh Ling on Mar 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    One of the most stunning cars coming out of Jaguar. Don’t know why, maybe it’s the bigger size that the overall silhouette is more elegant and purposeful, and the lines and designs can be elaborated more completely. The XE is a bit too compact to fully interpret the more recent design language of Jaguar.

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  • kereta_lembu on Mar 25, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Love the rear end, its more sleek and sexy…the front ain’t a big change but the interior is plain BORING. Come on Jaguar, I’m sure you can do better than that.

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  • loo lian pang on Mar 25, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    omg… dashboard and meter panel look like corolla altis

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  • Mohammed on Apr 10, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    NO NO NO, Jaguar, Benz and BMW is same level with Proton Preve, We Malaysia must support Protonm if unhappy go migrate.

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  • Atz1999 on Dec 04, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Indian design as own by Tata.British India. Front logo grill looks very cheap and not aggressive like bmw or MB

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