Mid-size luxury sedans are generally considered to be the sweet spot between comfort and performance. They are just the right size and usually offer a wide range of drivetrain options. The Jaguar XF is nearing its sixth production year and received a well-deserved facelift in order to continue to effectively rival the German trio in the luxury sedan segment. With this came new powertrain options, including a mild-hybrid version. Does the newly-revised XF offer something that’s worth giving it a second look? Let’s find out and see if it’s still a viable alternative to the usual suspects in the segment.
2021 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Jaguar recently gave the XF a midlife refresh for the 2021 model. While the company updated both the sedan and the wagon, only the former will be sold Stateside. Not too long ago, the automaker confirmed that the XF Sportbrake will no longer be available in the U.S., the reason for it being poor sales.
At a time when automakers were removing wagons from their U.S. lineup, Jaguar decided to introduce the XF Sportbrake. The move backfired and in less than four years after bringing it to our shores, the company has axed it.
However, for the 2021 model, the XF Sportbrake comes with changes inside out that fall in line with the changes made to the XF sedan. Will the European customers be tempted to opt for this refreshed model?
Jaguar’s Model Lineup Just Got a Lot Smaller In the United States
The station wagon market is so small in the U.S. than you only need the fingers of one hand to count the grocery getters you can buy. Well, you can cut the Jaguar XF Sportbrake from that list because the British wagon won’t be available for 2021. And no, Jaguar didn’t axe the model altogether; the XF Sportbrake is being discontinued only in the U.S. The XE compact sedan is also getting axed due to poor sales.
The New Range Rover EV and Jaguar XJ EV Delayed, But Only By a Little
The pandemic threw a spanner in the works for most of the automakers out there. This seemed to have happened at the worse time since this is the transition phase and many automakers were gearing up to launch new electric vehicles. Jaguar and Land Rover are no exceptions to that. Autocar got hold of a transcript of JLR’s conference call with its investors which reveals the debut date for electric cars from both brands will debut in October and November. This is slightly delayed when compared to the earlier planned launches in August and September.
2021 Jaguar F-Pace
Jaguar has refreshed the F-Pace for 2021 model year, and it comes with quite a few changes. While the changes are subtle on the outside - so subtle that a layman won’t even notice it – the automaker has rejigged the cabin. The old screen is swapped with a new, larger touchscreen infotainment system, and there are new engine options available under the hood, including a hybrid that offers up to 33 miles of electric range. Will this help elevate the Jaguar F-Pace in such a competitive segment?
Jaguar’s Continuation 3.8-Liter Engine for Old E-Types is Downright Expensive
Jaguar is offering a few cool performance-oriented models nowadays, but it’s also building limited-series continuation cars. As of 2020, the Jaguar Classic workshop rolled out three continuation series for the iconic XK SS, E-Type Lightweight, and the Le Mans-winning D-Type.
But Jaguar Classic is now also offering a continuation series of its inline-six XK engine in a 3.8-liter format. The XK mill was first introduced back in 1949, but it remained in production for more than four decades, until 1992. However, the 3.8-liter variant was short-lived. First used in the XK 150 in 1958, it was discontinued in 1968, when it was replaced by a larger, 4.2-liter version. This continuation engine is the perfect choice if you’re restoring an old Jaguar, but it’s decidedly expensive.
2021 Lister Stealth
Jaguar F-Pace is a nice package overall and an all-rounded SUV. The most powerful trim in the lineup is the supercharged SVR which makes 550 horses and 502 pound-feet of torque. However, it is now trumped by an iteration made by another British company called Lister.
Lister has officially revealed the Stealth, an SUV based on the Jaguar F-Pace that makes 666 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque. The performance figures are also better than the F-Pace SVR’s, closely matching the newly-crowned world’s fastest SUV, the Dodge Durango Hellcat.
Is a 2020 BMW X6 M50i Faster Than Jaguar’s Supercharged F-Pace SVR?
If you told us two decades ago that we’ll have SUVs fitted with bumped-up V-8 engines roaming the streets, able to pull off insane 0-60 figures, we would have sent you home for a nap to cure that drunkenness. Fast forward 20 years and drag racing performance SUVs is becoming the norm, so here’s today’s duel: the BMW X6 M50imeets the F-Pace SVR. Care for a bet?
Is the 2020 BMW M5 Competition Really Better Than the Jaguar Project 8?
The BMW M5 Competition is arguably the best car the German automaker has on the road these days. It checks all the boxes you’d want in a prized super saloon. Refinement? Check. Class and sophistication? Check. Power and performance? Check. If you want something from a car, the M5 Competition probably has it in spades. Knowing all of that, is it possible that the M5 Competition is too good of a car that when you line it up opposite, say, a Jaguar Project 8, you’d enjoy the much-less refined special project Jag more than the BMW saloon? Veteran auto scribe Harry Metcalf sought to find an answer to that question, and he did so the only way he knows why: driving both cars and seeing which of the two is the better car.
Need An E-Type Engine? Jaguar Makes The 3.8-Liter XK Mill Again
Jaguar cares about its long and storied past and wants to take care of the people that keep its history on the road. To that end, the British automaker created its very own Classic division that does everything from restoring old models to building, from scratch, legendary ’Continuation’ models such as the Jaguar XKSS.
Another thing the Jaguar Classic division does is provide customers with period-correct parts for their cars and now the list of parts has been enriched by the addition of one of Jag’s truly emblematic powerplants, the 3.8-liter XK engine that’s powered anything from the XK150 to the S-Type.
2020 Jaguar XJ Collection
The current-generation Jaguar XJ X351 is nearing the end of its decade-long run and the British automaker is commemorating the occasion by turning the last 300 units of the XJ into a special edition version called the XJ Collection. Available only for the U.S. market, the XJ Collection comes with exclusive touches befitting of a special edition model. More than that, the car is a proper swan song to Jag’s established but aging full-sized sedan. The XJ X351 has been in the market since 2010 and with rumors swirling about the next-generation XJ’s possible electric future, this could be the last chance you have of buying a pure V-8-powered, special edition XJ. The Jaguar XJ Collection starts at $85,000. There’s no word yet on when the it will be made available, though.
Jaguar Thinks There’s Still Life in Saloons and Sports Cars and Won’t Give Into the SUV Craze
As the auto world ditches sedans and sports cars and turns its collective attention towards crossovers and SUVs, Jaguar isn’t turning its back on its bread and butter. The British automaker has jumped into the SUV market, but it will also continue to develop and create saloons and sports cars. Jaguar design chief Julian Thomson made that emphatically clear, saying that non-SUVs — as they’re called now — remain important markets for the company. Rest easy now, fans of the XJ, XE, and XF. All three models are here to stay. They might come in different forms soon — hello, all-electric XJ! — but the nameplates will remain part of Jaguar’s model portfolio in the foreseeable future.
Next-gen Jaguar XJ Teased at 2020 Land Rover Defender Launch Event
Jaguar is certainly working on an all-new XJ flagship sedan model - we know this because the automaker teased its upcoming top tier three-box model back in 2018 and now it’s done it again, briefly, at the reveal event of the all-new Land Rover Defender. We didn’t get to see much, though, but it was enough to get us talking about the new big Jag, because it’s always been an interesting car and the automaker has some big formula changes planned for the next-gen model.