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Jaguar has officially unveiled the all-new Jaguar XF L at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, a long-wheelbase version of the second-generation XF. The new model will join other LWB models unveiled at the same show, including the Audi A4 L, Mercedes-Benz E-Class L and BMW X1 Long Wheelbase.

With Chinese chauffeur-driven buyers in mind, the XF L now packs a wheelbase of 3,100 mm, up by 140 mm from the standard XF. According to Jaguar, that allows for a 116 mm increase in rear knee room, while legroom is boosted by 157 mm. The design cues here are almost identical to the standard car, discounting the longer rear doors.

With greater emphasis placed on rear passengers, the XF L comes with the latest InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, two rear, headrest-mounted 8-inch touchscreens and digital wireless headphones. Other amenities on the XF L include a four-zone climate control system with Panasonic nanoe filtration technology, 17-speaker, 825-watt Meridian surround sound system and a panoramic sunroof.

The ventilated (heating and cooling) and adjustable seats are made of high-quality leather and come with a massage function and four-way lumbar adjustment. Also at the passengers’ disposal are folding rear tables and ambient lighting for that “mobile office” purpose. Depending on the ‘Edition’ chosen, of which there are five – Fenghua, Elite, Deluxe, Exclusive and Luxury – you’ll get wood or carbon-fibre trim.

For the driver (or chauffeur), he or she will have access to a 10.2-inch touchscreen display linked to the InControl Touch system as well. A 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster with 3D mapping is also available, similar to that on the standard-wheelbase XF.

Other equipment include adaptive full LED headlamps, laser heads-up display, intelligent emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with queue assist function, Lane Keeping Assist and driver fatigue monitoring, wide-angle reverse sensor and automated parking system.

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All these additions results in the XF L weighing about 200 kg more than the standard XF, even though it features an all-aluminium skeleton underneath. Three petrol engines are offered here – Jaguar’s 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder in 200 hp and 240 hp guise, or a larger 3.0 litre V6 with 340 hp on tap. Four-wheel drive is standard here as well as a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The Jaguar XF L will be built in China’s first purpose-built aluminium body shop based at the state-of-the-art Chery Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing facility in Changshu. It will also be the the third vehicle to be built by the company’s joint venture with Chery Automobile Company Ltd, in less than two years. It will be built alongside the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque there.