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2016 Jaguar XF Is The Aluminum-Rich Feline That's Hard Not To Love

Lighter, more powerful, and sexier than ever.

Last week, Jaguar revealed its all-new XF to the world as it drove on a wire over London. Switching to the other side of the Atlantic, the 2016 XF is now making its official debut here in New York. Only this time, Jaguar has released full details. Two 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine flavors will be available in the US: 340 hp and 380 hp, both with 332 lb-ft of torque. The sole transmission is an eight-speed automatic, sending power to either the rear or all four wheels. Also all-new is an AWD system that’s lighter and more efficient than before.

All told, this XF is up to 419 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. Overall length has also been cut by 7 mm, but the wheelbase has stretched by 51 mm, thus allowing for increased rear seat space. Helping to shave those pounds off is the fact that 75 percent of the car is constructed from aluminum. Weight distribution is nearly 50:50. Combined with the added power and lower weight, the 2016 340-hp XF can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds while the 380-hp version can get there in 5 seconds flat. A front double-wishbone and rear integral link suspension further help to increase comfort, handling, and refinement. Looking at the car you may think it looks awfully like the previous XF, or even an enlarged XE.

You’d be right on both counts, and we think Jaguar made the right move here: stay the course. The new XF looks stunning, sleek, and sexy – exactly how a Jaguar should. The interior is no less beautiful. Features include a 10.2-inch touchscreen display that’s powered by a quad-core processor.

There’s also an optional reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster along with a 17-speaker, 825W digital surround sound system. Safety and driver-assist features like laser heads-up display, adaptive cruise control and park assist are also available. Production will take place in the UK and US sales will get underway next winter. Official pricing is still not available.

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