The Jaguar XF is a midsize luxury sedan and a fierce competitor to German rivals such as the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6. It’s clear that the Jaguar XF draws its inspiration from the C-XF concept car with its minimalistic chrome trim, low roofline, and athletic stance.
Jaguar XF Origins
The Jaguar XF is designed as a successor to the Jaguar S-Type, which ended production in 2008. Unlike its predecessor, which was designed using the classic Jaguar style, the company has placed a large emphasis on the contemporary design of the Jaguar XF. The original model had three trim levels available: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Supercharged.
About the Jaguar XF
With the XF, Jaguar has provided luxury drivers with an excellent alternative to German competitors like BMW and Audi. The car is considered to offer better value for money than the BMW 5-Series and it is similar to German cars in terms of performance. The XF is an impressive improvement over its predecessor in styling and performance. Also, the latest version of the Jaguar XF has received a facelift which brings it closer to its original inspiration: The C-XF Concept.
Jaguar XF Features
The Jaguar XF is available in four different trim levels: Base, Portfolio, Supercharged, and XFR. The most noteworthy features of the Jaguar XF that make it famous are the drastic changes from its predecessor, the Jaguar S-Type. While the S-Type was a classically styled car, the Jaguar XF is aggressive in its design and has several unique characteristics. For example, the dash of the car is fitted with flush-fitting air conditioning vents that rotate when the engine is started. The XF is also fitted with the JaguarDrive Selector, which is a unique rotating gear-shifting dial that rises from the center console.
Another difference between the Jaguar XF and other classic Jaguar cars is the installment of a pale blue backlight for the switchgear, instruments, and major control panels. Minor systems like interior lighting are controlled directly from the light covers. And the glove compartment opens with just a touch.
The newer XFs boast a completely new front anatomy and a slightly different grille, along with streamlined headlights, LED daytime running lights, and redesigned lower vents. These new LED lights have been arranged to form the signature J-Blade pattern. The rear of the car has also been changed, with the tail lamps now extended onto the trunk lid. Also, Jaguar now offers more wheel choices with the Jaguar XF than before.
You won’t find interior cloth seats in the Jaguar XF. Even the basic model of the XF is fitted with fully trimmed leather seats. Interior appointments that were previously made with plastic in other Jaguar cars are now trimmed with leather. In addition to this, the Jaguar XF is also available with real wood veneers that are combined with an aluminum trim to give the passenger compartment a modern look.
In terms of performance, the base XF and XF Portfolio have a 5.0-liter V-8 which is capable of 385 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. The Supercharged model gets a supercharged version of the same engine cranking out 470 horsepower and 424 lb-ft. The XFR’s supercharger ups the ante even more to 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift paddles is the standard on all models.
Jaguar XF Evolution
The 2008 Jaguar XF was first introduced in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which followed the display of the C-XF Concept car at the North American International Auto Show earlier the same year.
In 2009, two new models of the Jaguar XF were launched: The XFR and the XF Supercharged. The XFR was announced at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. It was designed as a performance-oriented form of the Jaguar XK range. The car was powered by a new 5.0-liter, supercharged, AJ V-8 Generation 3 engine with 503 horsepower. The XF Supercharged was a modified 2008 model Jaguar XF with a 5.0-liter, supercharged engine that produces 464 horsepower.