The big cat is back once again and boy oh boy, the diet has surely shown its results. Ahead of the New York International Motor Show later this week, Jaguar has unveiled the 2016 XF sedan that is larger, lighter and definitely gets a lot sexier than the model it replaces. The British manufacturer’s answer to the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes E-Class, the 2016 XF was unveiled in a rather elaborate set-up in London and manages to get a wider grin this time as it brings out all the evil in you in a positive way of course.
In its newest avatar, the 2016 Jaguar XF is very much similar to its predecessor and clearly design director Ian Callum wanted to instate the Jaguar DNA into the new model very effectively. Having not moved too away from the outgoing model, the new XF shares its design elements with the smaller XE while that has made way for an extremely sharp look on the new XF. Wider than the older model, the front grille has grown thinner while the similarly shaped headlights are now slimmer featuring very interesting detailing and are lined with LED daytime running lights. If you opt for the S trim, you will also get menacingly bold air intakes on the front bumper and the ignorance of chrome at the front.
Keeping things familiar, Jaguar has retained the long hood that is well sculpted this time on the new XF that amalgamates with the sloping roofline and tucks well in the boot lid that also houses the sporty lip spoiler. Despite the similarities with the XE, the new XF looks luxurious and less sporty courtesy of the longer wheelbase which has grown by an additional 2-inches on the new model while the height has decreased by 0.3-inches and also lowered by 0.1-inches. At the rear, Jaguar has ditched the very Aston Martin-like tail lights for the sleeker, angular units that get F-Type inspired LED pattern and have been quick to transform into a personal favourite. Finishing off the rear detailing are the new dual exhausts finished in gloss black surrounds.
Much like the exteriors, the new Jaguar XF has left all its inhibitions behind with the older model and gets an evolutionary new interior that is clutter free and extremely young in appearance. The centre console is most noticeably wide and comes with the new Jaguar InControl Touch system that sits in the front and centre and is operated via an 8-inch touchscreen display unit. The cabin boasts of seamless use of high-quality leather, luxurious materials and wood inserts that are sewn into the car with the manufacturer’s traditional craftsmanship.
Under that long hood, Jaguar will be introducing its newest 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines that are not only light but also extremely fuel efficient while limiting the CO2 emissions at just 104 g/km. In its most ostentatious form, the top-of-the-line XF will be using the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engines in 340 HP and 380 HP versions on offer and will be paired to the 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Coming to some major mechanical changes, the 2016 Jaguar XF not only shares its design traits with the XE but also uses the same aluminium-intensive platform of the smaller sedan and has 75 percent of its body made out of aluminium cutting down the curb weight by 190 kgs than its predecessor. The XF also gets much better 50:50 weight distribution with the rear section made more out of steel while the overall stiffness has increased by a good 30 percent than the outgoing model.
Furthermore, the steering with the same electric-power-assisted set-up has been carried over from the F-Type; while there is also the option of Jaguar Configurable Dynamics that tailor the settings of the car as per the driver’s preference changing everything from dampers, steering, engine response and the 8-speed gearbox. In the stock guise, the new Jaguar XF gets double wishbones at the front and an integral-link suspension set-up at the back. There is also the option of adaptive dampers on offer.
Much like fine wine, the new Jag XF has officially got sexier and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. Jaguar though will be making its public debut at the New York Auto Show later this week while sales internationally will commence later this year. The new XF will hit the Indian shores sometime in 2016 and is definitely the sexiest luxury sedan in its segment. Does it growl? You bet!