2016 Jaguar XF revealed - UPDATE
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The second-generation Jaguar XF has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at next week's New York Auto Show.
Jaguar New Zealand says the new model will go on sale here next year.
Jaguar is withholding many of the details about the new XF until its New York launch event. We do know, though, that the second-generation XF will be equipped with the company's new Ingenium turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
More expensive models can be had with the company's 3.0-litre supercharged V6 in either 254kW/450Nm or 283kW/450Nm trim, and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new XF is based on Jaguar Land Rover's aluminium-intensive iQ[Al] platform, which has already spawned the 3 Series/C-Class-chasing XE. Despite wearing a new aluminium suit and undergarments, the new XF maintains a very strong visual link to the first-generation model.
Visually, one of the biggest differences between the two cars is the adoption of a third side window and F-Type-style tail-light graphics. While the XF looks longer than the first-generation sedan, it's actually a smidgen smaller. With an overall length of 4954mm and height of 1465mm, the new car is 7mm shorter and 3mm lower.
Passenger comfort is said to be helped by the new XF's longer wheelbase, which now measures 2960mm, making it is 51mm longer than the first-gen car's.
Jaguar claims that the new XF has 50:50 weight distribution and is up to 190 kilograms lighter than soon-to-be-superseded model, although it's not clear whether this is a like-for-like comparison. The lightest version of the current XF range tips the scales 1735kg, meaning that the new car should start from 1545kg.
On the inside, the new XF comes fitted with either a 8.0- or 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The latter option, dubbed InControl Touch Pro, has a hardware package that includes SSD storage, a quad-core processor and an internal Ethernet connection.
Other available tech features include a 12.3-inch dynamic LCD for the instrument panel, LED headlights and a laser head-up display. A chain-driven torque-on-demand all-wheel drive will be offered in select markets. Jaguar Australia will launch the all-new XF in local dealers during the first quarter of 2016. The current model remains a popular option, with only the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (170) and BMW 5 Series (131) outselling the Jaguar's yearly haul of 122 sales.