The 2021 Jaguar XF facelift has arrived to battle the BMW 5 Series.
After the Jaguar XE was updated with fresh F-Type-inspired styling, it's time for its larger XF sibling to get a mid-cycle facelift. The current-generation Jaguar XF has been on sale since 2015, so a makeover is crucial to keep the luxury sedan competitive against its German rivals such as the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, and Mercedes E-Class, which were all recently refreshed. For the 2021 model year, the Jaguar XF has been updated with bolder styling, new interior tech, and a more comfortable cabin.
Inspired by the F-Type sports car, the refreshed luxury sedan sports slimmer LED quad headlights with "Double J Blade" daytime running light signatures.
The grille also features a new mesh with diamond detailing and a Noble Chrome finish, giving the new XF a more premium look. Other styling tweaks include larger and reshaped lower air intakes. For a bolder look, an optional Black Exterior package adds a grille mesh, grille surround, lower air intake surrounds, side vents, window surround, tailgate finisher, rear valance finisher, and badging finished in Gloss Black. Seven wheel designs are available, including a new 19-inch, five-spoke design in Silver and Gloss Black and a 20-inch set available in Satin Black with Gloss Black inserts.
Inside, a more upscale interior boasts a new centrally-mounted 11.4-inch touchscreen, with the screen housed in a magnesium frame painted in tonal black satin.
This larger touchscreen is operated by Jaguar's new intuitivePivi Pro infotainment system, which has a more simplified menu system as the name implies, and over-the-air software updates. Other new interior luxuries include open-pore wood veneers and aluminum accents applied to the front, rear, and across the width of the instrument panel, laser-etched speaker frets finished in brushed metal, and a new Drive Selector knob with "cricket-ball" stitching and a precision-engineered metal cradle. The redesigned center console also now seeps up to the instrument panel.
New interior lighting creates a relaxing ambiance, with an upper strip of light surrounding the front of the cabin and a lower lighting zone that uses a softer waterfall effect. Standard interior color options include Ebony, Light Oyster and Caraway. New front seats provide improved comfort thanks to wider cushioning and larger and heating and cooling areas, while Jaguar's Active Road Noise Cancellation reduces the cabin noise for a more refined ride.
New driver assists include an available clear exit monitor that alerts front and rear passengers of approaching cars or cyclists and a standard 3D surround camera. All 2021 XF models also come equipped with keyless entry, wireless phone charging with signal boost, and a 12-speaker system with Sirius XM radio functionality as standard.
Under the hood, the 2021 Jaguar XF is available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 246 hp in the rear-wheel-drive XF P250S and SE trims and 296 hp in the XF P300 R-Dynamic SE trim, which is available exclusively with all-wheel drive. 0-62 mph takes 6.5 seconds and 5.8 seconds respectively. Both trims come equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. For 2021, Jaguar has ditched the XF's 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that produced 380 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque in the pre-facelift model.
Jaguar has yet to announce pricing or availability, but the 2021 Jaguar XF will inevitably get a price increase over the 2020 model, which starts at $51,100.