Jaguar first pulled the sheets on its XF mid-size luxury sedan in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, the lithe four-door has collected a good deal of critical praise, not to mention more than its fair share of sales. The second generation was introduced just last year, bringing significant updates like a lightweight aluminum body and higher levels of performance. Customers loved it, and the XF contributed nearly 29 percent of Jaguar’s total global fleet volume for the first 6 months of the year. Now, Jag is looking to keep the ball rolling, and it added new diesel power paired with AWD traction in order to do so.

Overall, it’s a pretty minor update, especially when you consider the furious turnover that is the industry norm these days. Nevertheless, the addition of a diesel to the lineup could be seen as a rather bold move given the current public perception of oil burners. Will it take the XF to the next level, or will it end up falling flat?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Jaguar XF.

Exterior

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A few years back, the XF was the first production vehicle to bear Jag’s latest design language, and the Brits left the look alone for the 2017 model year. That’s not a bad thing by any measure – the proportions are spot-on, combining sleek sportiness and a refined attitude. The lines are simple but effective. The front overhang is short, the air intakes are appropriately sized, the roofline curves gradually into the trunk, and the tail is rounded and pert. It’s understated, but it still manages to grab your attention – a nice trick, when you can pull it off.

LEDs are available for the headlights, DRLs, and taillights. Wheel sizes start at 17 inches and range up to 19 inches for top-trim levels. For a little extra flair, customers can opt for accessories like a Carbon Fiber Pack or Styling Pack, both of which add new mirror covers and side vents in either composite or gloss black, respectively.

Interior

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Last year, Jag increased the XF’s wheelbase by 2 inches, bringing it to 116.5 inches overall. This effectively increased interior space, particularly in the rear, where leg and knee room got a nice boost. This generous cabin space carries over for the 2017 model year, maintaining the XF’s four-door usability. That also includes 19 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear.

Standard infotainment equipment includes an 8-inch touchscreen mounted in the central console, an 8-speaker audio system, dual climate control, and plenty of high-end materials. The seats offer decent lateral support, and come finished with twin-stitching and embossed headrests.

Options include an InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, which integrates with the drive system to offer a few extra performance-oriented goodies. This system adds a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen, and will display things like a stopwatch, g-meter, lap timer, and throttle/brake graphs – perfect if you plan on stretching the cat’s legs a little on the track.

Drivetrain

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Here’s the big news – for the first time ever, the XF will offer the frugality of a four-cylinder diesel engine and the traction of AWD in a single drivetrain package. Best of all, it’s actually headed to North America.

The AWD system in question is the same one used in the outgoing supercharged V-6 XF, not to mention the F-Type.

The AWD system in question is the same one used in the outgoing supercharged V-6 XF, not to mention the F-Type. Developed entirely in-house by Jag, the system sends torque to the rear during “normal” driving conditions for enhanced “dynamics and agility,” as well as reduced parasitic loss.

A variety of technology is used to maximize traction while maintaining balanced cornering behavior (i.e., reduced understeer). The first is something called Intelligent Driveline Dynamics, a next-gen system plucked from the F-Type that selectively feeds torque to the front only when absolutely necessary, keeping that rear-biased handling feel. There’s also Adaptive Surface Response, which replaces the Rain, Ice, and Snow drive modes in favor of a single, adaptive drive mode that manages the throttle, automatic transmission, and stability control systems for increased traction, no matter the conditions.

It should also be noted that AWD adds several hundred pounds to the XF’s curb weight, which doesn’t really matter to most customers, but could come into play for dedicated performance enthusiasts.

Transmission options include a six-speed manual, and an eight-speed automatic, which vary in availability depending on engine choice:

Displacement/fuel type Transmission Drive type Horsepower
2.0-liter/diesel manual/automatic RWD 161
2.0-liter/diesel manual/automatic RWD/AWD (automatic only) 178
2.0-liter/gasoline automatic RWD 237
3.0-liter/diesel automatic RWD 296
3.0-liter/gasoline automatic RWD/AWD 335
3.0-liter/gasoline automatic RWD/AWD 375
Beyond the introduction of the 178-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel, Jaguar has yet to announce which of these engines will make it stateside

Beyond the introduction of the 178-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel, Jaguar has yet to announce which of these engines will make it stateside. However, given the 2016 XF’s offerings, it’s more than likely we’ll also get the two gas-powered 3.0-liter six-cylinders at the end of the list. As a refresher, these powerplants are supercharged and propel the XF to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds.

As for the forthcoming diesel, torque is rated at a stout 317 pound-feet at 1,750 rpm. Mated with AWD, it’ll get 58 mpg, hit 60 mph in 7.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 138 mph. While a manual transmission will be offered, odds are U.S. customers will get stuck with only the automatic.

Chassis And Handling

For the 2017 model year, Jaguar’s Configurable Dynamics (JCD) technology will be available across the XF line, including diesels with automatic transmissions. Once reserved solely for V-6 models, JCD enables the driver to alter settings for the suspension, steering, throttle, and transmission, all via the touchscreen.

Safety

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The Jaguar XF is currently unrated by both the NHTSA and IIHS, but the car did receive a highest five-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP, a score bolstered by the new high-strength construction of the second-generation vehicle. You also get the latest suite of driver assistance technologies, such as driver-drowsiness alert and forward collision warning.

Prices

Exact pricing for the U.S.-spec 2017 XF is currently unavailable, but expect to pay around $50,000 for an entry-level model. An AWD-equipped diesel model should fall around the same price point.

The updated model range will include the XF Pure, XF Prestige, XF Portfolio, XF R-Sport, and XF S.

Depending on the market, expect to see the 2017 models as early as this spring.

Competition

Audi A6

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Audi is already moving to the 2016 model year, as it will unveil the slightly revised 2016 A6 at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

When it comes to AWD luxury sedans, Audi is a top contender. The styling is handsome, there’s tons of tech in the interior, and the quattro permanent AWD system is one of the best. Three engines are on offer, including a turbo four-banger, supercharged V-6, and a turbo six-cylinder diesel. Each is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at $46,200.

Read the full review here.

BMW 5 Series

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If you’re looking for something a little snappier than the Audi, BMW might be the answer. A plethora of engine options are on the table, including gasoline units with four, six, and eight cylinders, as well as a six-cylinder diesel. There’s even a hybrid, if you’re so inclined. BMW’s xDrive AWD system reigns in the stick. Pricing starts at $50,425, but be careful with the options list.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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It’s hard to fault a car like the XF, and most see it as simply one of the best alternatives in a sea of German sedans. But there’s a reason for that – it ticks all the right boxes for the segment, with a stylish exterior, quick performance, comfortable interior, and now with the new diesel engine, an economical drivetrain option, not to mention AWD practicality.

Of course, nothing is perfect, and the XF is no different. For example, the interior layout is a bit humdrum, and it’s expected the engine lineup will still be somewhat limited. We probably won’t get a manual transmission either, a real shame considering the car’s superb athleticism.

Still, these aren’t deal-breakers, and the XF delivers on its promises. Hopefully, the new diesel is a sign of things to come.

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    • * Likely limited drivetrain options for U.S. customers
    • * Where’s the manual?
    • * Interior layout is yawn-worthy

Press Release

Already the class benchmark for driving dynamics and driver engagement, the all-new Jaguar XF will, in 2016, offer an even greater breadth of dynamic ability.

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For the first time, Jaguar’s business saloon offers all-wheel drive (AWD) together with a four-cylinder diesel engine - the clean, refined, 180PS 2.0-litre Ingenium unit. This combination will offer customers exceptional fuel efficiency together with enhanced all-weather traction and performance, and will be available in markets worldwide, including North America.

Jaguar’s torque on-demand AWD system features Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) - a next-generation control technology developed entirely in-house. Launched in the F-TYPE AWD, IDD delivers rear-wheel drive character and agility but can transfer precisely the right amount of torque to the front axle when required, maximising the performance and dynamics benefits of the additional traction. The result is superb composure in even the most adverse weather conditions.

"The all-new Jaguar XF is already established as the most dynamic saloon car in the business segment. Now we’re making the performance and traction benefits of all-wheel drive accessible to more customers worldwide by combining the system with our clean, refined and efficient Ingenium diesel engines.

"And, by making our Configurable Dynamics and Adaptive Dynamics technologies available on more models across the range, we’re once again raising the benchmark for ride and handling."

Kevin Stride, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XE, XF, F-PACE

Configurable Dynamics improves the driving experience still further by allowing the driver to individually tune settings for the suspension, steering, throttle and transmission through the vehicle’s touchscreen. Originally offered only on V6 models, Configurable Dynamics will now be available on all 180PS four-cylinder diesel models with automatic transmissions.

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For vehicles equipped with the state-of-the-art InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, Configurable Dynamics also benefits from Dynamic-i. Displayed on the 10.2-inch touchscreen, this feature provides the driver with a stopwatch, g-meter, lap timer and graphs of brake and accelerator pedal activation, enhancing the all-new XF’s performance-orientated character.

And for the first time, the Adaptive Dynamics continuously variable damping system will be available on manual transmission models. The improved body control that Adaptive Dynamics provides, coupled with the smooth, precise gear change engineered for the six-speed gearbox, will offer keen drivers even greater involvement.

As well as benchmark vehicle dynamics, the all-new XF boasts exceptional usability and practicality,

thanks to class-leading rear seat space and a 540-litre luggage compartment - the largest in the segment. The all-new XF is one of the safest cars in its segment too, achieving the maximum five star rating from Euro NCAP. And, with C02 emissions from just 104g/km, class-leading residual values, class leading three-year unlimited mileage warranty and the lowest overall service costs in its class, the all-new XF also delivers remarkably low running costs.

"Together with the performance and desirability our customers expect from Jaguar, the all-new XF’s efficiency, usability and low total cost of ownership are already proving very attractive to business users worldwide.

"The XF accounted for almost 29 per cent of Jaguar’s total global fleet volume in the first six months of this financial year, and the introduction of 180PS diesel all-wheel drive model will help to make it even more successful."

Andy Goss, Director of Group Sales Operations, Jaguar Land Rover

Range summary

The 2017 model year Jaguar XF range will consist of:

XF Pure, XF Prestige, XF Portfolio, XF R-Sport, XF S

The powertrain range will consist of:

163PS 2.0-litre diesel manual/ automatic RWD; 180PS 2.0-litre diesel manual/ automatic RWD, automatic AWD; 240PS 2.0-litre petrol automatic RWD; 300PS 3.0-litre diesel automatic RWD;

340PS 3.0-litre petrol automatic RWD/ AWD; 380PS 3.0-litre petrol automatic RWD/ AWD

JAGUAR ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

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Matched to the 180PS Ingenium diesel engine, Jaguar’s torque on-demand all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics delivers an exceptional blend of agility, performance and efficiency

Already a proven success with the 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engines, the all-new XF’s torque on-demand all-wheel drive (AWD) system will, for the first time, be offered with the clean, refined, 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel. This powertrain will be available to customers worldwide, including North America.

Combining the dynamic and traction benefits of AWD with the responsiveness and fuel efficiency of the 180PS/ 430Nm Ingenium engine and eight-speed automatic transmission makes the all-new XF an even more compelling choice in the business segment with CO2 emissions of 129g/km.

In normal driving, all of the engine’s torque is sent to the rear axle. Compared to permanent all-wheel drive systems this preserves real-wheel drive dynamics and agility, ensures that steering feel remains uncorrupted, and also reduces parasitic losses in the driveline.

Control over when torque should be transferred to the front axle - and how much - is determined by Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD) - a highly sophisticated technology designed, developed and calibrated entirely in-house. IDD continuously estimates the friction between the tyres and the road surface, and also how much of the available grip is being exploited at each tyre contact patch.

First used on the F-TYPE AWD, IDD is integrated into the transfer case and can apply predictive, feed-forward control strategies as well as reactive, feedback control. IDD is also networked to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, the torque vectoring system and Jaguar Drive Control.

If IDD predicts that the rear axle is approaching the limit of available traction, torque is transferred to the front axle. Torque can also be transferred to the front axle to help mitigate oversteer during fast cornering by providing yaw damping.

Together with impressive fuel economy of 57.7mpg and CO2 emissions of only 129g/km, the AWD diesel model can achieve 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds. The 180PS Ingenium engine’s maximum torque of 430Nm - one of the highest ratings in the class - is generated from just 1,750rpm, delivering strong mid-range acceleration and outstanding real world performance. Maximum speed is 138mph.

Adaptive Surface Response: Traction technology for all conditions

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For AWD-equipped XFs, Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) technology can replace Rain, Ice, Snow mode in the Jaguar Drive Control and optimises the mapping of the throttle, automatic transmission and DSC system to suit the type of surface.

Developed from Jaguar Land Rover’s world-leading, award-winning Terrain Response technology, AdSR ensures that the vehicle is set up to fully exploit the available traction, improving driver confidence in even the most challenging conditions, such as ice-covered roads.

The combination of AWD and AdSR together with Jaguar’s revolutionary All Surface Progress Control system is unique in the segment and ensures that the all-new XF delivers outstanding all-weather performance and capability.

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