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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The British midsize wagon returns and it’s coming to America!

Introduced in 2007 to replace the ageing S-Type, the Jaguar XF was redesigned for the 2016 model year. The makeover brought an evolutionary restyling but turned the four-door sedan in a sportier proposition on the outside and a more luxurious vehicle on the inside. The XF also received new drivetrains, most notably the company’s recently launched 2.0-liter four-cylinder in both gasoline and diesel formats. The 3.0-liter V-6 was also carried over, but with significant upgrades. Unlike the first-generation model, the second-gen XF arrived without a wagon version. This changed for the 2018 model year when Jaguar launched a redesigned XF Sportbrake.

Making things that much better, it’s available in the U.S. too!

The Sportbrake’s return is a bit surprising, especially since Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design, once predicted the death of the station wagon. But, while I’d like to know what made him change his mind, I’m actually glad that the Sportbrake is back in dealerships and especially in the U.S., where the midsize market was limited to just two models, with a couple more available in other niches. Sure, it’s still ridiculous, but with three different products in the premium market, we finally have some proper action going on.

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2018 Jaguar XF

2018 Jaguar XF

Seems a little early for a facelift, doesn’t it?

The Jaguar XF was first introduced in 2007 as a replacement for the Jaguar S-Type and has been a fairly successful model, with 202,678 models sold between 2009 and 2016. In 2015, the XF went through a generational shift that didn’t change its overall design too drastically but did bring about the use of aluminum, allowing Jag to shed more than 400 pounds compared to the first-gen model. The second-gen model is offered with a wide variation of engines that include diesel and gasoline models, depending on the market. The 2.0-liter diesel engine gave buyers the option of a six-speed manual transmission, but going with the larger diesel or any of the gasoline drinkers sticks you with an automatic. An AWD system is available with some drivetrain configurations, and power output ranged anywhere between 161 and 375 ponies.

It’s only been two years since the second-gen XF rolled into showrooms, and for 2017, the U.S. model was updated to include a diesel engine for the first time. No other notable changes came with the 2017 model year, but 2018 might be a different story if these spy shots are any indication. The prototype you see here is wearing extensive camo for some reason and, while it’s hard to spot any real changes, there are a few. It’s way too early for Jag to be testing a third-gen model, so it looks like we may see a serious design update in the near future. For now, let’s take a better look at these spy shots and talk a little more about it.

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2016 Jaguar XF

2016 Jaguar XF

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.

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2017 Jaguar XFL

2017 Jaguar XFL

Extra foot space in a Chinese-produced XF

For years, China has eagerly scooped up long-wheelbase (LWB) variants of popular luxury sedans, including models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi. Now, Jaguar will join the fray with an extended version of its second-generation XF. It’s called the XFL, and per tradition, it adds extra metal and offers more space around the luxurious rear seat to accommodate well-to-do business types in their daily to-and-fro.

The XF was first introduced in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Just last year, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) dropped cover on the second generation at the New York Auto Show, quickly following it up with a few revisions early into 2016. Unlike the standard XF, the XFL was created specifically for the Chinese auto market.

The XFL will be the third vehicle in less than two years from a joint venture between the U.K.-based (and Indian-owned) JLR, and the Chinese state-owned Chery Automobile Co., which together form the Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Company Ltd. While designed and engineered in the U.K., the XFL is the first vehicle to be produced at the JV’s production facility in Changshu, China, making it the first Chinese-produced Jag.

“Jaguar Land Rover is a world-leader in the production of aluminum vehicles and is one of the largest producers of aluminum bodies globally,” says Murray Dietsch, President of Chery Jaguar Land Rover, in a press release. “The arrival of the all-new Jaguar XFL brings the best of this experience and technology to Changshu. It is an important milestone for the team at Chery Jaguar Land Rover.”

Updated 04/27/2016: The XFL just got a full reveal at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, so read on for all the official details.

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2003 Jaguar XF-10

2003 Jaguar XF-10

Cosmopolitan genesis, high-gloss outcome, with a nice dose of speed on the side

In 2003, Fuore Design debuted the Jaguar XF-10 concept car at the Barcelona Motor Show. The study was framed as an amalgamation between the two-seater Jags created in the ‘50s, and more contemporary Formula 1 race cars, combining old-school class with cutting edge go-fast technology. The Fuore team, lead by designer Erwin Leo Himmel, created the XF-10 with complete independence from Jaguar, merely asking for the marque’s permission in using the Jaguar brand name and badging. The goal was to persuade Jag to create something production-ready that mirrored the concept in shape and substance, as well as show off Fuore’s design chops. The result is a one-off two-seater sports car with unique styling and gobs of performance potential.

Taking a trip through the XF-10’s origins requires a passport and a translator – the “make” is British, the design team is Spanish, the lead designer is Austrian, and the builder (Modarte) is Italian.

That’s a lot of flags to pin to one name, which begs the question – does the XF-10 walk away feeling cohesive, or more like a big jumble of parts?

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2017 Jaguar XF

2017 Jaguar XF

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?

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2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport Black

2015 Jaguar XF R-Sport Black

With the expected arrival of the new XF at the New York International Auto Show in April 2015, Jaguar is throwing a few extra odds and ends at the current range of vehicles, creating a new derivative labeled the XF R-Sport Black in the process. The British automaker wants you think you’re getting excellent value for your money, stating the R-Sport Black “offers an additional £8,770 ($13,322 as of 1/22/2015) worth of value over standard R-Sport models for just a £2,100 ($3,190) increase to its On-the-Road price.” However, is it really worth ignoring the new XF to spend more on a soon-to-be outdated vehicle packing a bit more standard equipment?

Creating specialized, last-minute spinoffs of a model slated for the dustbin is standard operating procedure in the car world, and given the XF’s popularity over the last year, the announcement of the R-Sport Black shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

In addition to the new variant, Jaguar is also adding new specifications to the Luxury, R-Sport, Portfolio, Diesel S Portfolio, XFR, and XFR-S models, with some even gaining slight price hikes as a result (including the R-Sport). Clearly, JLR is confident that interest in the XF line will stay strong. In fact, the XF recorded its best year of sales in 2014, which makes the new R-Sport Black a likely candidate for success.

The R-Sport Black is available in either a saloon four-door or Sportbrake body style. Upgrades include new exterior features and interior accouterments, but sadly, the drivetrain has remained unaltered. Still, the R-Sport Black doesn’t represent a major cost increase over the standard R-Sport model, especially when you consider the minor price adjustment seen with this most recent refresh.

But the question remains- is it worth the money?

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2014 Jaguar XF R-Sport

2014 Jaguar XF R-Sport

BMW has M-Sport, Volkswagen has R-Line and Audi has the S-line. All of these are names for visual upgrades that make cars look faster, but don’t actually do much to increase the speed or performance of a car. Well now Jaguar is joining the party with its new R-Sport models.

Just like the other mentioned trim levels, the R-Sport cars from Jaguar will wear some of the more aggressive body parts found on their R and R-S cars, but without all the pesky cost and hassle of extra horsepower and bigger engines.

The first car to wear the new badge is the XF. Jaguar will be releasing R-Sport versions of both the XF Sedan and the XF Sportbrake. If you were hoping that the R-Sport would at least feature the supercharged V-6 or even the base V-8, you are sadly mistaken. The R-Sport Sportbrake comes powered by a 2.2-liter diesel.

Still, if you are in the market for a practical family hauler, but you want to at least pretend you could afford a 550 horsepower monster there are worse choices available.

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2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

In the world of supercar-powerful wagons, there are very few names. Machines like the now-ancient Volvo 850R have given way to the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, Audi RS6 and the Mercedes E63 AMG, but that still only represents three models out of the hundreds of cars available worldwide.

It now seems that there will be four insane wagons vying for your cash now, as Jaguar has just officially announced the XFR-S Sportsbrake.

The behatched version of the XFR-S uses the same supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that is tuned to the sweet sound of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. That means the 60 mph mark blows by in 4.6 seconds and the top speed rings in at 186 mph.

There is a dark cloud to this silver lining though. Just like the Sportbrakes that have come before, this Jag is not for U.S. consumption. Even if I won’t see them on US roads, I still praise Jaguar for putting their biggest engine into a wagon to begin with.

Bravo.

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2013 Jaguar XF by 2M-Designs

2013 Jaguar XF by 2M-Designs

If there’s an automaker that has done a remarkable job in changing its image and uplifting its own brand, it’s Jaguar.

Gone are the days when the British brand was described as bland and unreliable. In recent years, it’s been far from that, displaying an edge and aggressiveness to its design that has endeared itself to a lot of people.

The dramatic change in business approach by Jaguar also gave way for a lot of aftermarket companies to begin looking at the company’s cars for potential programs.

One such tuning firm, 2M-DESIGNS, did just that. With the help of Loder1899 and MB-Individual Cars, 2M-DESIGNS was able to build a rather spunky program for current generation Jaguar XF. Sure, it’s a 2011 model, but it still looks spry and agile, two qualities you can attribute to the cat that shares the company’s name.

A host of aerodynamic changes were done to the XF, highlighted by a new front spoiler borrowed that was actually borrowed from the XFR-S. A minor tint was also applied on both the headlights and taillights while a PWF Diamond White and Black Brushed wrap was used on the body of the sports sedan. From there, Loder1899 was tasked to install a new quad exhaust system, as well as a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Continental tires.

Under its hood, the XF also received an impressive performance boost from 2M-DESIGNS, one that made use of a number of new components, all of which contributed in giving the XF an improved output of 340 horsepower, a significant increase from the 275-horsepower output of the standard model. The resulting uptick in power also allowed the XF to improve its 0-to-60 mph time to just 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 175 mph.

If you’re interested in this program, 2M DESIGNS is making it available for just €15,017, which is about $20,400 based on current exchange rates.

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2014 - 2015 Jaguar XF

2014 - 2015 Jaguar XF

As the flashy F-type makes its U.S. debut for 2014, the XF sedan packs a new turbocharged 2.0-liter and supercharged V-6 AWD configurations to capitalize on the additional showroom traffic. The new base engine sends 240-horsepower to the rear wheels through the latest eight-speed box from the Evoque for 30 mpg on the highway.

The 2014 XF sedan is still looking its best since 2013’s facelift. The slimmer headlamps and standard LED running lights are far more beautiful than the previous XF look. The revamp also reshapes the hood but keeps the center power bulge intact and leaping Jaguar hood badge is a no-cost option.

All the Jag’s beauty is paired with a quicker HDD navigation system for 2014, numerous aero styling packs and eight wheel options. Nearly a dozen leathers and woods, and even real carbon fiber make an appearance on the options list, quite possibly making the XF the most customizable $50,000 vehicle of any kind.

Jaguar’s engineers certainly feel the same way about adding engines and drivetrains to match American buyer priorities. The new turbocharged four-cylinder brings the total to six different XF variants offered in the U.S. in 2014. The top three are the V-8 powered performance models and are a crisp $20,000 more expensive in most cases.

Even so, the cheaper three options are bringing a fierce fight to the volume side of the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 ranges. How fierce? The throaty V-6 can screech to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and the new AWD system’s default torque split sends 90-percent of its 340 horsepower the to the rear wheels.

Updated 08/01/2014: Jaguar announced prices for the 2015 XF and as with all the other models, 2015 brings quite a huge increase. Prices will range from $51,175 for the XF 2.0T Premium version and up to $99,000 for the XFR-S version.

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2013 Jaguar XF Diesel by Loder 1899

2013 Jaguar XF Diesel by Loder 1899

Jaguars are cool. Jaguars are awesome. Jaguars are the best.

Anytime you attach those three descriptions to the British automaker, chances are, you’re going to have a lot of people agreeing with you. That includes German tuner, Loder1899, who not only loves Jaguars, but loves them enough to give one of the brand’s models - the XF V6 Diesel - a comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrade.

The trick to appreciating Loder1899’s program is to look at the details. The things you’ll notice are the new components, including the front apron, the boot lid spoiler and the carbon-fiber diffuser. Looks great, right?

But once you really take a closer look at the car, you’ll also notice that a lot of its components have been blacked-out, particularly the grille, the headlights, the hood vents, front intakes, side mirrors, side vents, the taillights and even the Jaguar badges. What all this blacked-out goodness does is turn the XF into a wicked saloon that oozes of attitude. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a new set of 21-inch wheels wrapped in 255 tires.

Under its hood, the XF V6 Diesel also gets the benefit of having a remapped ECU unit that increases its output from the standard 275 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque to an impressive 310 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, good enough to allow the car to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the standard model with a top speed of 155 mph.

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2014 Jaguar XF ECO2

2014 Jaguar XF ECO2

Jaguar UK announced that for the 2014 model year, theXF lineup will be expanded with the addition of a new four-cylinder engine. Also, new for 2014 the XF will receive an extended navigation system offering a more focused and intuitive mapping, a smart keyboard and one-way road visualization.

The new, four-cylinder, 2.2-liter diesel engine delivers a total of 163 horsepower and will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new four-cylinder engine features a larger exhaust gas recirculation valves and a revised cooling assembly, which contributes to its astronomical 57.7 mpg and 129 g/km CO2 ratings.

The new engine is combined with Jaguar’s Stop-Start system, which features a twin-solenoid starter system that shuts down the engine when the car comes to a halt and restarts it fast enough for the driver to shoot into traffic seamlessly. When this system shuts down the engine, the instrument panel shows an illuminated ’ECO’ symbol. The 2014 XF is equipped with two batteries: one for the engine re-starting and one for all the other ancillaries.

If for some reason, the driver would like to deactivate the Start-Stop system, he can do so manually. However, the system reactivates on the following key cycle.

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2014 Jaguar XFR-S

2014 Jaguar XFR-S

Jaguar certainly knew what it was doing when it presented the XKR-S at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, as it has stolen the hearts of many car enthusiasts and also proven to everyone that Jag is still capable of developing amazing sports cars. As everyone expected, this was just the beginning of a new series of high-performance sports car. This was confirmed at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, as that R-S lineup has been expanded with the incredible XFR-S.

After we have seen it in many times testing on and outside of Nurburgring, Jaguar has decided to use to finally unveil the new high-performance sports sedan. Unfortunately, supply to U.S. customers will be rather limited and the price will be astronomical.

The problem is that everyone knew what the new XFR-S will bring, especially after the firm’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark said in an interview: "’I can confirm there is a project to transfer the upgrades from the XKR-S to the XFR." The question remains: how this upgrades transformed the XFR-S’ performance figures?

Updated 03/20/2013: The XFR-S made its racing debut at Goodwood today,. It was driven by 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour Race winner, Andy Wallace. You can see the images of this Italian Racing Red XFR-S in the gallery.

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2013 Jaguar XFR Speed Pack

2013 Jaguar XFR Speed Pack

Jaguar showed up to the 2012 Moscow Auto Show with a speedy update for its XF-R sports sedan. The new Speed Pack option will increase the car’s top speed to 174 mph, up from the current 155 mph, as well as improve its fuel economy by 11%.

When equipped with the Speed Pack, the XFR will also benefit from a few exterior add-ons, including a new front aero splitter and a new rear wing. The car’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine will also be revised, while the eight-speed automatic gearbox will be calibrated to match the increased top speed. Thanks to these changes, the EU Combined cycle has been improved by 11%, while the emissions will be reduced by more than 8%. The new Speed Pack also adds an updated suspension and upgraded brakes to handle the increased speed.

Prices for the new Jaguar XF-R Speed Pack will be announced at a later date, so stay tuned!

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2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

2013 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

We absolutely just love talking about wagons that we’ll never get to see on our side of the pond. Wait, scratch that. It actually sucks to hear that Jaguar has finally unveiled the XF Sportbrake and Europe will be one of the few that will actually revel in its luxurious five door space. It’s not their fault that the British brand is going where the wagon demand is at its highest nor that we decided bigger was better before giving these in-between vehicles a chance, but we’re still a little envious.

The XF Sportbrake was supposed to make its world debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but Jaguar decided to offer the first details one week before the actual event. While the car’s front is identical to the sedan version, the new XF Sportbrake is entirely new from the B-pillar and back. Under the hood, Jaguar has placed a range of four-cylinder 2.2-liter and V6 3.0-liter diesel engines with power going up to 275 HP.

UPDATE 08/08/12: Jaguar has released a video explaining the versatility of the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Check out the video to see just how much can fit into the back of this spacious ride!

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