The XF first broke cover at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, eventually making its way to dealerships in March 2008. It was quite successful, becoming Jag’s most-awarded car. Now, however, nearly eight years later, the British automaker felt as though the sporty luxury sedan is overdue for a change, and as such, the marque recently introduced the 2016 model year at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
Although its design is heavily based on the previous model, the new XF is actually a much more comprehensive update. The car is significantly lighter now thanks to Jag’s new commitment to constructing the entirety of its lineup from aluminum bodies, and it’s quicker than its predecessor as well. And although some of the new drivetrain components launched in 2014 might not make it stateside, the new XF has plenty of new features to brag about. Keep reading for the full details.
Updated 07/11/2016: Jaguar dropped a new video in which it wants to explain why the XF is the perfect car to "chase" storms. Hit "play" to watch storm chaser ‘Tornado Tim’ Baker driving the Jaguar XF through America’s Midwest in search of a tornado.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Jaguar XF.
The updated design manages to improve upon the old with more aggressive features, while still retaining that classic Jaguar refinement
The current XF was the first model to adopt Jag’s fresh design language, and for the most part, folks seem to like it. The updated design, however, manages to improve upon the old with more aggressive features, while still retaining that classic Jaguar refinement.
Up front, we see narrower, full-LED headlights, a larger central air intake and more pronounced lower intakes. The hood maintains the same muscular bulges stretching towards the windshield, while the profile preserves a four-door coupe roofline. The taillights have seen a refresh, with longer, thinner units that accentuate the car’s inherent width. Overall, it’s a look that’s simple, but proportioned in such a way as to announce the car’s sporting intent.
Overhangs are short, while aero efficiency is good, rated with a Cd of 0.26. The new architecture is also quite narrow, offering dimensions that are .3-inches shorter .1-inches lower than the car it replaces. The wheelbase, however, has been extended a few inches to 116.5.
The car’s new architecture is made up of 75 percent aluminum, which results in a weight savings of 132 pounds on the RWD model and 265 pounds on the AWD model. The new structural material also increases torsional rigidity by 28 percent, which makes for crisper handling. Jag says the new XF is the “lightest, most efficient non-hybrid diesel in the segment”, boasting 176 pounds fewer pounds than its closest competitor.
195 Inches (4,954 MM)
Width inc./excl. mirrors
82.3 Inches (2,091 MM)/ 74 Inches (1,880 MM)
57.4 Inches (1,457 MM)
116.5 Inches (2,960 MM)
Track front/ rear
63.2 Inches (1,605 MM)/ 62.8 Inches (1,594 MM)
With its longer wheelbase and more compact aluminum architecture, the XF sports improved legroom, knee room and headroom on the interior
With its longer wheelbase and more compact aluminum architecture, the XF actually sports improved legroom, knee room and headroom on the interior, with Jaguar claiming best-in-segment bragging rights for rear seat and cabin space.
The extra breathing room is complemented by a large assortment of infotainment gadgets. Jag says the new system is the most advanced its ever offered, with a new InControl Touch system that features a vehicle-optimized app suite and smartphone remote control, plus an 8-inch touchscreen or optional 10.2-inch touchscreen. The 10.2-incher comes with a solid-state drive, a quad core processor, and Ethernet connection for fast data transfer, smooth graphics, and good response time. It also uses Dual View technology that allows the driver to see information (like navigation) while the front seat passenger watches TV or a DVD.
As a complement to the larger touch screen, there’s also an available reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. JLR first pioneered this tech on the Range Rover, and will introduce it on its sedans for the very first time with the new XF.
Other interior features include a laser heads-up display and an 825-watt digital surround sound stereo complete with no less than 17 speakers.
The outgoing XF was offered with two engine choices, both with 4.2 liters of displacement and eight cylinders arranged in a vee. One was naturally aspirated, making 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, while the other while was supercharged, making 420 horsepower and 408 pound-feet of torque.
The XF will only cross the pond with two supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engines for now, including tunes of 340 and 380 horsepower
Now, engine options are wide and varied, with efficiency gains from the new aluminum construction maximized for either performance or economy. For the commuters out there, choices include an Ingenium 2.0-liter four-cylinder oil burner offered in two power levels: 160 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, or 177 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. These are mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. When equipped with 160 horsepower and a manual transmission, the new XF will generate just 104g/km of CO2 emissions, plus get a class-leading 70 mpg at the pump. Unfortunately, the four-banger won’t make it to the United States just yet. Same goes for the twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 diesel producing 296 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
The XF will only cross the pond with two supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gasoline engines for now, including tunes of 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque and 380 horsepower with matching torque figures. Both versions are fitted exclusively to eight-speed automatic transmissions. Not exactly good news for drivers looking to row their own gears.
Performance-wise, the 340-horsepower XF will hit 60 mph in 5.2 second with rear-wheel-drive and in 5.1 ticks when power goes to all four corners. The 380-horsepower model rushes to the same speed in 5.1 and five seconds, respectively. That’s a significant improvement over the 340-horsepower, first-gen V-6 models, which needed 5.7 to 6.1 ticks to complete the sprint. The RWD’s model is now a half-second quicker than the 300-horsepower BMW 535i’s, which comes with a 5.7-second benchmark.
A supercharged V-8 is also expected, but not confirmed as of April 2015.
Less weight and a stiffer body structure almost always equate to better handling dynamics, which means the new XF should be quite fun in the corners. Such characteristics are underlined by double-wishbone suspension in the front and Integral Link suspension in the rear. Weight distribution front to back is a near-perfect 50:50.
Less weight and a stiffer body structure almost always equate to better handling dynamics, which means the new XF should be quite fun in the corners
Driver’s aids include advanced passive damper technology that comes standard for improved ride comfort. Additional control is offered with an optional Adaptive Dynamics system that determines optimum damper settings for the given driving conditions. Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), a system initially developed for the F-Type and XE, is now a feature that contributes to both better driving feel and overall fuel economy.
When optioned, Jaguar’s Configurable Dynamics system, another feature from the F-Type, offers driver-controlled settings for the suspension, steering, engine and automatic transmission.
Jag will offer AWD with a newly engineered “torque on-demand” system. Apparently, the transfer case uses a chain drive instead of gears for lightness, efficiency, and quiet operation.
Additional components pilfered from the F-Type include an Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) system, which delivers rear-biased handling characteristics alongside the benefits of all-wheel grip. There’s also a standard feature called All-Surface Progress Control, which was developed for use during “low-speed driving in adverse conditions.” Basically, the system automatically manages brake and throttle inputs to deliver improved traction in low-grip situations (basically advanced traction and stability control).
As for rumors that Jaguar will include a hybrid system with the new XF – nothing official has been announced, but that could change when a complete spec of the car is released April 1st. If put into production, the system has the potential to increase engine output by 80 horsepower and reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent.
Valves per cylinder
4; DOHC, variable inlet and exhaust cam timing
4; DOHC, variable inlet and exhaust cam timing
Bore x stroke
84.5 x 89.0 mm
84.5 x 89.0 mm
150bar direct injection
150bar direct injection
340 HP @ 6,500 RPM
380 HP @ 6,500 RPM
332 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM
332 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM
RWD: ZF 8HP45 8-speed auto AWD: ZF 8HP70 8-speed auto
RWD: ZF 8HP45 8-speed auto AWD: ZF 8HP70 8-speed auto
The 2016 A6 represents an updated fourth generation for the German automaker’s popular sedan, and comes with a slightly tweaked front fascia, LEDs for the headlights and taillights, and the standard Audi single-piece grille.
Inside, there are high-quality materials with meticulous fit and finish, plus a slew of infotainment technologies, including 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity for up to eight devices, streaming Internet radio, personalized news readers, an MMI touch display with eight-inch monitor, voice control, navigation, and Bluetooth integration.
Engine choices include a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, and a turbo six-cylinder diesel with 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. All come with an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission.
Base models start under $50,000. Read our full review here.
When it comes to making an assault against the established European sports sedans, Cadillac seems to have quite the battle strategy in the new CTS-V. The exterior is big and bold, with lots of acute, sharp angles and pumped up body features. There are carbon fiber aero elements, wide fenders, and big intakes that declare the car’s performance capabilities.
The tip of the spear, so to speak, comes in the form of a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that lays down a heady 640 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 630 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. Routing all that grunt to the rear wheels is Cadi’s eight-speed Hydra-Matic 8L90 automatic transmission.
With numbers like that, straighline speed shouldn’t be an issue, and thanks to a stiffer body construction, an electronic limited-slip differential and GM’s third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, neither should cornering.
Pricing is estimated to start at $85,000. Read our full review here.
The new XF will go on sale this fall, and will come with all the attributes you’d expect from Jaguar’s popular sporty four-door. So far, things are looking good – the exterior redesign is just as good looking as in years past (if not more so) and the lightweight construction improves pretty much everything from speed to economy. The cabin is bigger, the tech is cutting-edge, and the refinement remains very much intact.
However, there are a few question marks left to be answered. The first is pricing – the current XF starts at about $50,000, but it’s not inconceivable to think the new aluminum construction and tech might bump that up a bit. Secondly, and most importantly, there’s the question of any unannounced powerplants. Will Jag unleash a supercharged V-8 or a hybrid? Maybe both?
* Looks good
* Less weight makes everything better
* One of the quickest in its class
* Very tough segment, and it’s only getting tougher
Updated 09/03/2015: Jaguar revealed prices for the new 2016 XF, a model that adds more standard value, but at the same time is 9 percent cheaper than the model it replaces. The model will be put on sale at a starting price of $51,900.
Updated 04//01/2015: Jaguar unveiled the new XF at the 2015 New York Auto Show, and this was the perfect opportunity to add new high res images, but also some new details on the luxury sedan.
Updated 03/26/2015: Jaguar unveiled a first promo video for the new XF sedan. The video shows the car in action for the first time, so enjoy!
Updated 03/24/2015: Jaguar unveiled the first official details on the new XF with just a few days before its official debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
January 14, 2015 - 2016 Jaguar XF Caught Testing In The Snow
October 8, 2014 - 2016 Jaguar XF Testing At The Nurburgring
September 22, 2014 - 2016 Jaguar XF testing in South Europe
The all-new second generation 2016 Jaguar XF large luxury sedan featuring Jaguar aluminum-intensive construction will bring a unique blend of design, technology, and refinement to the segment.
With the launch of the 2016 XF sedan in Winter 2015, all current Jaguar models will now feature lightweight aluminum construction, as will future models such as the Jaguar XE sports sedan and Jaguar F-PACE performance crossover.
The large luxury class sedan will be offered in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, with a choice between two V6 supercharged engines and the brand’s most comprehensive suite of advanced performance, driver assistance and infotainment technology.
Redesigned from the ground up using Jaguar aluminum-intensive architecture, the second generation Jaguar XF delivers better proportions, more interior space and a progressive, highly streamlined form.
Taking its rightful place between the mid-size Jaguar XE and the full-size luxury Jaguar XJ sedans, the all-new Jaguar XF features a more vertical front end, shorter front overhang, longer wheelbase and new rear quarter windows. Mirroring the evolution of the Jaguar design language, the sleek, coupe-like profile, long hood with deep power bulge and the short front overhang make the XF stand apart from the crowd.
"In creating the all-new XF, as a design team we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of simplicity. Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose - nothing is superfluous. Achieving that simplicity takes time and requires great determination; it’s all too easy to add lines to a car, but much harder to add character by leaving lines out. Inside too, we have been driven by the desire to ensure the cabin of the all-new XF is as comforting as it is comfortable. New technology is combined carefully with materials that cosset and reassure. The all-new XF has a clear sense of calm and strength, both outside and inside - and I’m proud of my team for delivering that" said, Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar
Benefiting from the design flexibility of the Jaguar modular vehicle architecture, the wheelbase of all-new XF has been increased by 2in (51mm) to 116.5in (2,960mm) while the overall length of the vehicle decreases by 0.3in (7mm) to 195in (4,954mm) long. This longer wheelbase delivers superior packaging that liberates an additional 0.6in (15mm) of rear legroom, 0.9in (24mm) of rear knee room and up to 1.1in (27mm) of rear headroom.
The front overhang is now 2.6in (66mm) shorter, emphasizing the car’s dynamic, rear-wheel drive stance and the outstanding proportions characteristic to all Jaguar vehicles.
The mesh grille is more vertical than before, helping to reduce drag and delivering a more mature look to the vehicle.
Aerodynamics are improved by using vents in the front bumper to channel air over the front wheels. This helps to prevent the turbulent wheel wake from disturbing the smooth laminar airflow passing around the car.
The headlights, including the optional adaptive full-LED technology, are flush with the surrounding panels, improving aesthetics and aerodynamics. They also feature the signature Jaguar J-Blade LED daytime running lights and a ’modern quad’ design, referencing the four round lights that Jaguar sedans have made iconic. The fluting running backwards from the top of the headlights is another detail inspired by the rich heritage of the Jaguar brand.
The one-piece aluminum body side pressings emphasize the Jaguar brand philosophy that surfacing should always be executed with the discipline of simplicity and purity. Designing and manufacturing these panels from a single sheet contributes not only to the overall stiffness of the body, but also to surfacing purity and quality as there are no visible joints.
The sweeping, coupe-like profile which defined the first-generation XF has evolved, and now features rear quarter windows. The additional feature allows for a clearer view out from the rear seats, and combined with the standard sunroof, allow more natural light to flood into the cabin highlighting the additional 0.6in (15mm) of legroom and 0.9in (24mm) of knee room delivered by the vehicle.
Still relatively high to emphasize dynamics and movement through ideal proportion between the wheel, body and cabin, the waistline is now slightly more horizontal than before. The roofline is lower and the rear deck longer and higher to reduce drag.
Running from front to back, peaking above the rear wheel in terms of height and then tapering away, is a chamfered feature line known as ’the spear of light.’ The reflections make the car appear more lithe, agile and elegant.
At the rear, the LED tail lights feature the signature Jaguar design from the F-TYPE - a line intersecting a roundel - also used on the Jaguar XE. Here, the design is repeated, creating a clear hierarchy from the Jaguar XE, and an unmistakable pattern at night.
The chrome signature blade running across the trunk lid between the light clusters is slimmer than before, highlighting the taut surfaces and dynamic visual balance of the all-new Jaguar XF.
To deliver the flush fit of the light clusters and perfect integration of the chrome blade, the trunk lid is made from two steel pressings joined by laser brazing. As well as being energy-efficient, this process was selected for its precision and neat, clean finish.
The interior of the XF has always attracted praise, especially the start-up sequence bringing the car to life as the rotary gear selector rises up from the center console and the air vents rotate into position. The goal was to retain that sense of occasion - and the strong, simple lines and horizontal feel of the instrument panel - but mature the design language and the use of materials, befitting the status of the all-new XF now that the Jaguar XE is in position as the entry-level Jaguar sports sedan.
The layered instrument panel, now with the Jaguar signature ’Riva Hoop’ inspired by the Jaguar XJ, continues into the door, creating a unique cabin feel. This is enhanced by the generous application of veneers such as Gloss Figured Ebony and textured aluminum trim such as Dark Hex.
With options such as the reconfigurable, 12.3-inch full-TFT instrument cluster and 10.2-inch touchscreen, four-zone climate control, 10-color ambient lighting, Black Suedecloth headliner and fluted Windsor leather seats, the all-new Jaguar XF reflects the standard for interior luxury and design.
The longer wheelbase means the second row sits further away from the rear wheels, improving refinement. This created the opportunity to reduce seat height slightly, contributing to the increased headroom, which gains an additional 1.1in (27mm). Options such as the four-zone climate control system, heated seats and window blinds make the second row more comfortable.
The rear bench also features a 40:20:40 split, making it easier to through-load bulky items such as skis or snowboards. The trunk now features an optional power close function.
ARCHITECTURE AND BODY STRUCTURE
Used to create inherently light and stiff body structures, aluminum alloys, self-piercing rivets and structural adhesives enhance performance, efficiency, and dynamics. These attributes were engineered into the Jaguar aluminum-intensive architecture from which the all-new Jaguar XF was developed. Also featuring advanced high-strength steels, the aluminum-intensive unibody uses materials intelligently, exploiting each to its full potential.
Aluminum is also used to make the hood and front fenders, while the front-end carrier and cross-car beam are cast from even lighter magnesium alloys. Combined with the other weight savings made throughout the vehicle, the all-new Jaguar XF is up to 265lbs (AWD) lighter than its predecessor.
Features such as the high-pressure die-cast aluminum front suspension towers increase local stiffness and make a significant contribution to the ride, handling and steering of the all-new XF.
The move from an all-steel to an aluminum-intensive unibody leverages more than a decade’s experience of manufacturing luxury vehicles from aluminum in high volume. The one-piece body sides of the all-new XF are testament to expertise in working with the material. Pressed from a single sheet of high-strength 6000-series alloy, the body sides weigh less than 13.2lbs (6kg). Perfecting the deep haunches and the quarter windows incorporated all of the learning from the Jaguar F-TYPE in terms of depth of draw and tightness of radii.
Assembly to the rest of the structure uses a two-stage framing process. The technique allows for greater joint efficiency through optimized positioning of the rivets. This translates to increased torsional rigidity of the body, making the all-new Jaguar XF up to 28 percent stiffer than its predecessor.
The all-new Jaguar XF is more refined with much of the improvement coming from reducing structure-born noise. Critical to this is that the body behaves as one homogeneous structure: wherever vibration energy finds a discontinuity it will concentrate and then radiate noise through to the cabin.
Every part of the body was analyzed in this way to ensure that as many potential sources of noise could be designed-out. In some areas, such as the crash structure behind the front bulkhead, fully-sealed, double-wall structures are used. Where sound deadening has been applied, the latest spray-on materials are used due to their combination of higher performance and lower weight.
Foam baffles inside the aluminum sections also contribute. These pieces are fitted during assembly: as the body passes through the e-coating ovens the heat causes the foam to expand so that it completely fills the section.
A further example of the attention to detail which delivered the vehicle’s low levels of cabin noise is typified by the way in which the high-level brake light is fitted to the body. Running all the way along the full length of the rear glass, this full-LED light has a seal and an acoustic barrier behind it to minimize any noise leakage through to the interior.
5000-series aluminum alloy pressings are used where stiffness is a key, such as in the underframe reinforcements. These include RC5754, a grade unique to Jaguar Land Rover, which is made predominantly from recycled material. Around half of this is scrap sourced from the press shops, helping not only the move towards closed-loop recycling but also reductions in overall electricity consumption and therefore lifecycle CO2 emissions.
As part of the intelligent material mix in the body, the rear longitudinal members and the B-pillar reinforcements are made from ultra-high strength hot-formed boron steels, providing exceptional rigidity and stability of the occupant safety cell.
The all-new Jaguar XF exceeds expectations of how a sedan should ride, handle and steer. Comfort and refinement have been taken to a higher level and combined with excellent agility and responsiveness. The light yet exceptionally stiff body with its combination of aluminum and advanced high-strength steels delivers a near-50:50 weight distribution.
Double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension systems provide the inherently high levels of stiffness needed for agile handling and steering precision with the compliance essential for first-class comfort and refinement. Advanced damper technologies - both passive and continuously-variable - improve ride quality and extend the breadth of dynamic capability of the XF.
"The all-new XF has to deliver both driver reward through agility and immediacy of response when it’s called for, and yet great ride composure and comfort too. The light and rigid aluminum intensive architecture of the all-new XF is a key enabler for us delivering those attributes, as it provides an optimal basis for finely tuning the ride and handling characteristics of the car. The result is that the new XF is as satisfying to drive quickly, as it is comfortable to be driven in." - Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar
With many components made entirely from lightweight aluminum, the double-wishbone front suspension of the XF is modeled closely to that of the Jaguar F-TYPE. Its high camber stiffness means that the tires are able to generate lateral force immediately - which translates to sharper and more immediate turn-in. And the high roll camber gain means that the tire’s contact patch is maintained, generating more grip and delivering better feel.
Other refinements include lighter springs made from narrower-gauge steel and low-friction, PTFE-lined bushes for the tubular anti-roll bar.
Integral Link Rear Suspension
The optimum balance of ride and handling requires lateral and longitudinal stiffness to be tuned independently. Integral Link suspension enables the all-new XF to realize exceptional levels of comfort and handling. Bushes soft in recession allow the wheels to move rearwards and upwards upon impact, providing excellent energy absorption characteristics.
At the same time, camber stiffness can be increased, delivering greater responsiveness. Greater caster stiffness can also be achieved, for greater stability under braking.
Electric Power-Assisted Steering2
Steering response and on-center feel are among the most important attributes which define the Jaguar dynamic driving DNA. One of the key enablers to this is the tuning potential of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). From filters which damp unwanted disturbances caused by road surface irregularities to algorithms which compensate for changes in ambient temperature - EPAS has a lot to offer.
Incorporating all of the learning from the F-TYPE and XE, the advantages of EPAS have been fully exploited, giving the all-new XF a more connected feel with an intuitive, linear response.
Passive Damping and Adaptive Dynamics
Making the body of the all-new XF lighter and stiffer delivers inherent benefits in terms of ride control, but Jaguar dynamics engineers looked closely at other fundamental improvements that could be made. One of the most effective was the integration of next-generation passive damper technology to enhance comfort.
The new passive dampers enable frequency-dependent damping - the ability to vary damping force not only with the velocity that the damper piston moves at, but also as a function of its frequency.
An extra valve in the piston provides an additional bypass. At road speeds typical of town driving, the valve is open, allowing some fluid to flow through it instead of the main valve in the piston. This reduces the damping force and makes the ride smoother and suppler. With increasing speed the valve closes, forcing all of the fluid to pass through the piston: damping force increases and the ride becomes firmer.
The Jaguar Adaptive Dynamics system2 has also evolved. Still monitoring body movement 100 times a second and wheel movement 500 times a second, the control algorithms for the adaptive dampers are now more advanced - further enhancing low-speed ride comfort as well improving handling and agility at higher speeds 3.
First developed for the F-TYPE, Configurable Dynamics takes the duality of character of the XF to the next level. The system allows the driver to individually tailor the throttle mapping, transmission shift strategy, steering feel and Adaptive Dynamics settings using the touchscreen. Configurable dynamics is offered in conjunction with Adaptive Dynamics.
Enthusiasts demanding the most involving driving experience now have the choice of the Jaguar free-revving 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine in 340hp and 380hp ratings -equipped with either rear- or all-wheel drive (AWD).
Shared with the F-TYPE, these engines combine supercharging with direct-injection and variable intake and exhaust valve timing to deliver exceptional throttle response, linear power delivery and a unique soundtrack.
A single balancer shaft enhances smooth-running and refinement, while a carefully-tuned symposer feeds some of the supercharged V6’s induction sound back into the cabin to make exploiting the performance potential even more exhilarating.
This is the first time the 380hp version has been used in a Jaguar sedan and is reserved for the all-new XF S. Matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission, this model is capable of covering the 0-60mph sprint in 5.1 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited maximum speed of 155mph 3.
Optimized eight-speed automatic transmissions
The all-new Jaguar XF is available with one of two specifically-optimized eight-speed automatic ZF® transmissions. AWD engines are paired with the familiar 8HP70 transmission, while rear-wheel drive derivatives are matched to the lighter, more compact 8HP45. Combined with the unique Jaguar rotary gear shift controller and paddle shifters, these transmissions offer an exceptional driving experience, blending smooth launch behavior with seamless shifting.
The transmission module monitors driving style and adapts its shift pattern to suit. The ECU is also networked to the JaguarDrive Control™, offering quicker shifts and more dynamic kickdown in Dynamic mode, and earlier up-shifts in Eco mode.
Torque Vectoring by Braking2
Another technology proven first on F-TYPE and now standard on the all-new XF is Torque Vectoring by Braking. On corner entry, lightly braking the inner wheels individually can mitigate understeer and help the driver to take the ideal line. Intervention is subtle and virtually transparent to the driver, but the increased agility is felt immediately.
All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics2
With the option of AWD, the all-new XF builds on the success of its predecessor with a next-generation torque on demand system and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD). To maximize the system’s potential, IDD is networked to the Torque Vectoring by Braking system and the Dynamic Stability Control.
IDD is designed to preserve Jaguar dynamics DNA while maximizing the performance and handling benefits of the additional traction, especially in adverse conditions or on poor road surfaces. Primarily a rear-wheel drive sports sedan, the all-new XF also satisfies growing worldwide demand for AWD vehicles.
Integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission, AWD is available with the 340hp and 380hp supercharged V6 engines. In normal driving, all of the torque is sent to the rear axle. But when required, a multi-plate wet clutch diverts torque to the front axle via a chain drive in the transfer case.
How much torque is transferred - and when - is controlled by the IDD module, which is integrated into the transfer case. Using sensor data such as yaw rate, steering wheel angle and lateral acceleration, algorithms within the IDD controller continuously estimate road surface friction, and how much of the available grip is being exploited at each tire contact patch.
If IDD predicts that the rear tires are approaching the traction limit, torque is seamlessly transferred to the front axle. IDD also functions reactively, and can vary the front-rear torque split to mitigate oversteer in fast corners through yaw damping.
Adaptive Surface Response2
Adding to the AWD capability of the all-new XF is Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) which is designed to determine what kind of surface the car is driving on - normal roads, wet or gravel roads, or snow and ice - and modify the maps for the steering, throttle, transmission and stability control systems according to the conditions.
AdSR, standard on vehicles equipped with both AWD and Adaptive Dynamics, replaces JaguarDrive Control’s Winter mode. AdSR functions throughout the vehicle’s entire speed range.
INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY
Jaguar InControl® Touch™1
The all-new XF features two available infotainment systems. The standard system is InControl Touch and is based around an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen featuring the new Jaguar user interface. Designed to be simple and intuitive to use, the contemporary graphics are crisp and clear. The touchscreen supports gestures familiar to smartphone and tablet users such as ’swipe’ to perform actions and ’drag’ to scroll across maps.
For customers who prefer voice control, enhanced speech recognition enables the driver to enter destinations into the navigation system or call contacts directly.
Text-to-voice technology helps to reduce driver distraction by reading out incoming SMS messages. When the vehicle is stationary the driver can use the touchscreen to compose messages or, for convenience, select one of the stored response templates.
Planning journeys through the available navigation system is quicker and easier thanks to smart data entry and faster route calculation. Map data stored on a SD card is rendered in high quality 2D and 3D images.Turn-by-turn instructions can also be shown in the optional Heads-Up Display 2, enabling the driver to keep their eyes on the road.
InControl Touch Pro™1
The all-new Jaguar XF is the first model to feature the equally new InControl Touch Pro™ infotainment system. At the heart of InControl Touch Pro is a 10.2-inch capacitive touchscreen. There are no buttons on either side, instead, all the functionality has been neatly integrated into the bottom section of the touchscreen.
"Jaguar InControl Touch Pro is the most sophisticated infotainment system we’ve ever developed and uses a quad-core processor, solid-state driver and Ethernet to deliver exceptional performance. The 10.2-inch touchscreen and features such as our latest navigation that can learn your commute make every journey in the all-new XF more rewarding." - Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XF
Like a smartphone, the home screen can be customized; wallpaper can be set to any image, and widgets can be added to provide shortcuts to favorite features. It’s even possible to add extra home screens. The touchscreen also features ’pinch to zoom’ gestures familiar to all smartphone users.
Map data for InControl Touch Pro™ is stored on a solid-state drive (SSD) that can be accessed in a fraction of the time taken with conventional hard drive systems. Dead-reckoning functionality, which interprets vehicle data up to 40 times a second, can accurately position the vehicle even when GPS signals can no longer be received.
Utilizing a data connection enables even greater functionality and location-based features and information. The all-new XF offers door-to-door route planning and guidance incorporating public transport options, Commute Mode which learns your daily drive so that it can automatically offer alternative routes to avoid congestion using historical and real-time traffic information, and Approach Mode which shows a 360° interactive view of your destination when you’re approximately 650ft away.
On-board, Gracenote album art stored on the SSD drive enrich the music listening experience while functions such as ’Play more like this’ make it simpler to access all of your favorite tracks. Adding to the experience, InControl Touch Pro™ includes a 17-speaker, 825W digital surround sound system developed with renowned British audio experts Meridian™. The system benefits from the Meridian Trifield™ and Audyssey’s MultEQ XT technologies which ensure optimum sound reproduction with benchmark low levels of distortion.
The modules which make up InControl Touch Pro™ are connected using Ethernet. With a bandwidth of up to 1Gbit/ second, Ethernet can handle massive amounts of data, enabling very high infotainment system performance.
Together with a powerful quad-core processor and the solid-state drive, Ethernet allows InControl Touch Pro™ to deliver smooth graphics and extremely fast response times. These two technologies also ensure that the system’s capability can be further enhanced in the future.
Jaguar InControl® Features
Dialing-in to a conference call, booking a hotel room or just catching up with the news, with the optional Jaguar InControl® Apps™ the all-new Jaguar XF ensures that drivers can seamlessly connect Apple® and Android™ smartphones to the vehicle. Via a USB cable and the dedicated port in the center console, InControl Apps™ provides access to compatible apps on the device using the vehicle’s touchscreen1.
Also compatible with the all-new XF is the new Jaguar InControl Remote™, which enables customers to interact with the vehicle using a smartphone. Through the app vehicle owners can bring the cabin to a pre-set temperate by remotely starting the engine, and can check key vehicle data such as fuel tank fill level and door lock status. The app also enables the driver to remotely lock or unlock the car and receive alerts if the alarm sounds, with the option to reset it. A beep and flash feature can help drivers find the vehicle if they’ve forgotten where it was parked or provides a map to lead them to it.
Should the vehicle be involved in a collision severe enough to trigger the airbags, InControl Protect™ is designed to automatically notify emergency services and provide GPS location of the vehicle. Occupants can also trigger an emergency call manually by pressing a button on the upper console.
InControl Protect™ also features a stolen vehicle locator with the service provider using vehicle location obtained via GPS and vehicle details information to locate the vehicle to work with the law enforcement agencies to recover the car as quickly as possible.
ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE TECHNOLOGY
All-Surface Progress Control2
Pulling away on low-friction surfaces such as snow, ice or wet grass can be challenging; which is why the all-new XF features the revolutionary Jaguar Land Rover All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) system.
Leveraging the knowledge built up over decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road technologies, ASPC delivers a step-change in capability because there’s no driver input on the pedals: the driver just has to steer.
ASPC works like a low-speed cruise control and can operate between 2 mph (3.6km/h) and 19mph (30km/h). The system is activated by pressing a button on the center console and then the driver uses the cruise control switches on the steering wheel to set the maximum speed.
What makes ASPC so effective is that it doesn’t just provide fine control of the throttle: it also uses the brakes in opposition to the throttle so that from standstill, only very low engine torque is applied to the driven wheels. This capability is designed to ensure smooth progress with little or no wheel spin.
ASPC is standard on the entire XF model range.
Forward-facing stereo camera
Located in front of the rear-view mirror, the available forward-facing stereo camera generates a 3D view of the road ahead. The information is interpreted by image processing software and the output used by a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems.
One of the most important is the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system 2. If the module determines that a collision with a vehicle ahead is likely, the brake system is pre-charged and the driver given audible and visual warnings. If no avoiding action is taken and the collision deemed to be imminent, the system is designed to initiate full braking to avoid it or mitigate the effects.
The stereo camera also supports the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane-Keeping Assist (LKA) systems2 available on the Jaguar XF. By monitoring the vehicle’s position relative to lane markings, LDW is designed to notify the driver if they begin to drift out of lane by providing visual warning in the instrument panel and a haptic warning through the steering wheel rim. If the driver drifts too close to the edge of the lane, the LKA system can guide the driver towards the center of the lane by applying a small amount of counter-steering. The amount of torque applied to the steering wheel is slight and can be easily over-ridden by the driver at any time.
Available on the all-new XF, the Driver Drowsing Monitoring (DDM) system2 is designed evaluate patterns of driver inactivity, such as little or no steering, pedal or instrument panel activity followed by sudden or excessive inputs, and provide multistage visual and audible warnings when driver drowsiness is noticed.
The Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) system2 relies on the stereo camera to keep the driver informed of speed limits - including temporary limits which apply during road work and variable limits on highways. Camera data is cross-referenced against GPS data to ensure accuracy. If the driver selects the over-speed warning function, the ring around the sign graphic flashes whenever the limit is exceeded.
Intelligent Speed Limiter2
To assist drivers in areas where speed limits change often, Jaguar has developed an Intelligent Speed Limiter (ISL) which uses the TSR system data to monitor changes in the speed limit and automatically increase or decrease the vehicle’s speed to match.
If the TSR system recognizes a higher speed limit ahead, the system is designed to notify the driver and the vehicle can accelerate smoothly up to the new limit. If the speed limit is lower, the vehicle can be slowed down accordingly. If the driver presses the Resume button, the rate of acceleration or deceleration will increase.
Laser Heads-Up Display2
The all-new XF is the latest Jaguar sedan to feature a laser Heads-Up Display (HUD). Projecting key information such as vehicle speed, gear shift indication and navigation instructions onto the windshield, this system is designed to help the driver keep their eyes on the road.
The color images are exceptionally sharp and are adjustable both in height and in brightness, making it easy to find the ideal setting. The HUD may also be switched off if desired.
Laser technology offers several advantages over conventional TFT systems. The images it generates offer superior color saturation and higher contrast, so they’re more resistant to ’washout’ in bright sunlight. And the system is not only more compact, but it’s almost a third lighter.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist2
The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system familiar from the previous XF has been enhanced with a function designed to take even more of the effort and monotony out of driving in heavy traffic. Using a long-range 77GHz scanning radar, the system is designed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, all the way down to a standstill. Queue Assist then enables the all-new XF to track the vehicle in front as the traffic starts moving again.
Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection2
Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection are designed to monitor the area behind the vehicle.
Medium-range sensors will alert the driver to the presence of vehicles approaching fast from behind once they’ve closed to within 229.7-ft (70 meters). As the vehicles approach the blind spot, a flashing icon appears in the mirror as a warning. Once the vehicle enters the blind spot, the icon is shown as a solid.
At slower speeds, such when reversing out of a space in a busy parking area, the same radar sensors can also warn drivers of approaching vehicles which may be hidden from view or are outside the driver’s peripheral vision.
The all-new XF features semi-automated park assist functions for both perpendicular and parallel parking. Ultrasonic sensors measure the space and, if it’s suitable, will enable the car to steer itself into position; the driver simply has to operate the accelerator and the brakes. In the case of parallel parking, the system can also steer the vehicle out again.
Complementing this feature is the surround camera system. Five cameras combine to give a 360° view of the area around the car, including a plan view, to make maneuvering easier and safer.