Not a bad way to get some attention.
Set to make its official live debut at New York early next month, Jaguar has just released details and photos of its completely redesigned 2016 XF. And no, you’re not alone if you think the second-gen model looks an awful lot like its predecessor; this was done on purpose. Jaguar clearly went with a more conservative approach with the exterior styling because, quite simply, it didn’t want to mess with a good thing. But let’s look at the specs: the new XF features an aluminum-intensive architecture that enables class-leading weight.
The new model has dropped just over 400 lbs. over its predecessor and torsional stiffness is up by 28 percent. What’s more, this architecture allows the car to be shorter and lower, although with a longer wheelbase. In turn, Jaguar claims class-leading rear seat space with increased legroom, kneeroom, and headroom. In Europe, buyers will be able to equip their XF with 2.0-liter diesels rated at 160 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, and 177 hp and 317 lb-ft. Both can be had with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The former engine, Jaguar claims, is the lightest, most efficient non-hybrid diesel model in the segment.
There’s also a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo diesel with 295 hp and 516 lb-ft, or you can opt for that familiar and always wonderful 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 375 hp and 332 lb-ft. The latter three engines are paired solely to the eight-speed auto.
Jaguar is also claiming a near 50:50 weight distribution and rear-wheel-drive, of course, remains standard. The interior features a 10.2-inch infotainment screen and Dual View technology, which essentially allows the driver to see information like navigation, while the front seat passenger can simultaneously watch TV or a DVD. Sales are set to begin this fall and a complete reveal with additional details will come during the first day of the New York show.