The Jaguar XF has been in production since 2007 — believe it or not — when it replaced the S-Type. Since then, it’s had a facelift, but the car had essentially remained the same at its core. Until now. As continued promotion of what Jaguar is calling the “Year of the Cat,” this is the new XF. While the exterior is subtly revised, most of the changes come beneath the skin.
The new generation is much lighter, thanks to extensive use of aluminum. In fact, 75 percent of the body is aluminum, which cuts 132 pounds off the rear-wheel-drive model and 265 pounds from the all-wheel-drive model. As a result, the car has a perfect 50-50 weight distribution, which will help handling while riding on double-wishbone suspension in the front and rear integral link in the rear.
Design on the exterior isn’t really all too different. The most obvious changes are the front and rear lights, with lines of LEDs replacing the large globes in the headlights, and a more F-Type-like taillight outline. The body does look leaner, ditching the rounded, bloated sides for a more drawn-in waste and more creases. Even the front has a new line that cuts through the lights and gives the intakes a more cut, angular look.
As far as power goes, Jaguar has only announced that the car will launch with a 340-horsepower supercharged V6, and a 380-horsepower supercharged V6. These will hit showrooms during fall of this year, and full details will be released upon its New York Auto Show debut.