Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Jaguar XF: A History

The XF was Jaguar’s replacement for the S-Type and debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007 to huge critical acclaim. Designed by Jaguar’s design director Ian Callum, it was a significant change from the S-Type. In January 2007 the car was first shown publically as a design concept, the C-XF, with the final production model showing different styling, mostly around the lights and nose and taking inspiration from the oval mesh grille of the original Jaguar XJ of 1968.

The XF is built at Castle Bromwich factory in Birmingham and was developed under the codename X250 at the Jaguar Whitely HQ based in Coventry. New interior features were included such as automatic opening air conditioning vents flush fitted in the dashboard and a rotating gearshift dial called the JaguarDrive Selector which rises out of the centre console. A new ambiance was created inside with the use of pale-blue backlighting to the instruments and a glove compartment which opens to the touch.

Jaguar began delivering the new models to customers in March 2008 with a range of V6 and V8 engines. The initial models had a range of names depending on country, including the SE, Luxury, Premium Luxury, Portfolio, SV8 and XFR. In the UK a model to appeal to the company car market was called the Executive Edition and SE Business with lower tuned version of the 3.0 L and 2.2 L diesel engines.

In the non commercial market Jaguar enjoyed success as a special version was announced in 2009 for the UK police force. Other models launched in 2009 were the XF Supercharged (including Adaptive Dynamics and Active Differential Control technologies), and the XFR featuring the new 5.0 litre supercharged AJ-V8 Gen III engine, a revised front bumper and spoiler with 20 inch alloy wheels.

A facelift was announced at the New York Motor Show in 2011 which included front and rear styling changes based on the original C-XF concept car along with internal trim enhancements and adaptive cruise control. The model also included a new four cylinder 187 bhp 2.2 litre diesel engine.

In 2012 the XF Sportbrake was revealed as an estate vehicle, available with all of the original saloon’s engines and a loading capacity of 550 litres with the seats up. In 2013 an R-S version was confirmed using the same 5.0 litre supercharged V8 engine as the XKR-S. However it will differ from the normal XFR with bespoke 20-inch Varuna-design alloy wheels, and wider grilles.

In 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor show, Jaguar announced plans for a replacement of the XF after announcing its crossover SUV model. The new model will be a BMW series rival and feature the all new aluminium architecture used in the C-X17 design study. Read this MotorTrend Article for more info.

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