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2009 Jaguar XF revealed

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2009 Jaguar XF revealed

08/25/07, 06:02am, EDT

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Jaguar is set to showcase its all-new XF sedan at the Frankfurt auto show in Germany next month. A fitting location, since the British automaker is hoping to head-to-head with Mercedes and BMW's best offerings.

Designed as rival to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class, the XF takes a sportier approach — with a lower roofline and more aggressive stance. It comes standard with fender vents and a bulging hood that add to this perception.

Replacing the aging S-Type early next year, the XF is based on the C-XF Concept car, with considerably less dramatic headlights and a tamer exterior. Engineering limitations are said to have made the C-XF's headlights impossible to bring to production in a cost effective manner, but look for cat-like eyes on the next-generation XJ, which Jaguar designers say will be more daring than the XF.

Two engine choices… for now

The XF will be offered wither either 300 horsepower or 420 horsepower — the form

er from a 4.2 liter V8 and the latter from a supercharged version of that mill. An XF-R is rumored to be arriving a year later with 500 horsepower.

Roughly five inches longer than the old S-Type, the 195-inch XF provides ample room for five adults, despite its coupe-like roof. The XF’s waistline rises to meet the roof rather than the roof coming down to meet the waist — a design trick that improves interior space.

Jaguar says the XF is something of a spiritual successor to the XJ Series 1 — a car that was smaller than today’s XJ. The company hopes the XF will mark a return to what its speciality of the past — sports sedans.

"Cars like the original XJ6 left a lasting legacy and my ambition has been to create something as seminal. The XF is that car," said Design Director Ian Callum.

Trim levels

Three trim levels will be offered in the U.S. market: Luxury, Premium Luxury and Supercharged levels. The first cars will be delivered to customers in March 2008. The XF will be marketed as a 2009 model.

Jaguar says the regular V8 version will sprint to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, while the supercharged model — with the same engine as the current XKR — takes just 5.1 seconds.

For the U.S., the XF is available with 18, 19 or 20-inch wheels; the Supercharged being the only car in its class to have 20-inch wheels as standard.

JaguarDrive Selector and Jaguar Sequential Shift

One unique feature that made its way from the concept to the production XF is the JaguarDrive Selector. It features a rotary shift interface unlike anything else currently on showroom floors. The device rises into the palm of the hand when the car is turned on, and can be rotated to select park, reverse, neutral, drive, and sequential mode.

Jaguar Sequential Shift works on a shift-by-wire system that replaces manual shift linkages with electronic commands. It gives the XF smooth and rapid gear changes — faster than the XK's transmission.

There is also the choice of multiple transmission modes via JaguarDrive Control, which matches throttle progression, DSC thresholds and shift strategy to mood and conditions, including Sport and Winter modes.

Suspension, steering, and brakes

The XF uses large 12.83 in. x 0.79 in. (326mm x 20mm) vented front discs on all naturally aspirated models and 13.97 in. x 1.26 in. (355m x 32mm) vented front discs on the Supercharged model.

An extremely stiff pedal box contributes to a particularly solid pedal feel, and the brake assistance is tuned to give a very progressive feel, while softening the initial response.

The XF uses Jaguar’s Electric Parking Brake, with a small chromed release in the center console.

Variable ratio power-assisted steering is standard on every version of XF, for reduced parking effort at low speeds and greater precision and feedback at higher speeds

The supercharged version uses Jaguar’s Computer Adaptive Technology Suspension (CATSTM). Shared with the XK, it uses electronically controlled, two-stage, adaptive dampers

whose characteristics are automatically adjusted within milliseconds in response to road conditions and driving inputs.

Standard and optional technology

All XFs come standard with "surprise and delight" air-conditioning vents, which present a flush dashboard surface until the ignition is switched on, at which point they rotate to the open position. Another new technology — JaguarSense — introduces touch-actvated interior lights and glovebox release.

Every level of the audio system features at least eight speakers plus subwoofer, with a premium system designed in association with highly respected audio specialists Bowers & Wilkins available on range topping models. Radio options now include Sirius Satellite Radio, while the XF technology count includes Bluetooth communications technology, plus standard iPod and MP3 player connectivity with full-function control through the touch-screen, and an auxiliary port for other portable audio devices.

Standard features include Automatic Speed Limiter, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Electronic Parking Brake and more.

Other available features include JaguarVoice control to operate audio and telephone functions, Blind Spot Monitor, Front and Rear Parking Aids and Rear Camera Parking Aid, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

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more photos here:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/jaguar-xf.html

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Kind of bizzare...

I-drive + British car = Universe will implode in on itself any second now. :P

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The circular bulges in the headlamps make it look like it has eyes...that's kinda cool since it is supposed to be a "cat"

Worlds better than the S-Type

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I love the S-type (traded one with 160K in on a Escalade last week) but I'm not so much liking this car.

I *might* be a design that grows on me like the Z4 or Mercedes G.

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That grille doesn't look right. Reminds me of about a dozen of those garabage Dacias or whatever.

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The car has an athletic, sleek look. The only element that looks out of place is the grill; the rounded off rectangle isn't cohesive with the rest of the exterior sheetmetal.

I'm not exactly sure this car is entirely recognizable as a Jaguar. It does somewhat resemble the XK, but there are also so many design cues that seem too similar to other companies' cars. I know Jaguar wanted to break with tradition with this car since the retro designs that the company has embraced in the past have not been successful. If this is Jaguar's intent with this car, then I guess it serves it purpose. I like the design, but I don't think it exclaims that the car is a Jaguar. Maybe after some more of the company's other products get similar makeovers it will seem more like a Jaguar. I have to give them points for their effort at reinvention.

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I like that Jag is taking some styling chances, but the face looks all wrong. My initial reaction to the grille was Buick, but given Buick's mimicking some of Jag's styling cues in the past, maybe that is appropriate.

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That grille doesn't look right. Reminds me of about a dozen of those garabage Dacias or whatever.

You mean the Seat Leon?

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But yeah. They should've just kept the XK front.

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The interior looks like the Range Rover's. Not sure how much I like that in a car, but it does look nice. The front end reminds me of a Hyundai. The rear and side look good.

Overall, I'm not in love with it, but if the front looks better and the interior seems less utilitarian in person, I'd probably like it quite a bit.

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I like it, but that's a strange-looking gear selector.

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I like the rear design, but the front is polarizing. The headlamps curl up the hood and make it look like someon pullin their eyes up with their thumbs when making a funny face.

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rear is hot. front is strange. like a hyundai or something. or chinese. jag needs to redo the face fast. interior is fresh and distinctive and has some neat use of materials.

somewhere in the distance i hear jeremy clarkson alone with himself having a few moments with some pics of this car.

an inifinti M and Lexus GS look pretty crappy after seeing this car.

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I quite like it... but... This? A Jaguar? For real? I'm sorry, but everything that I loved about Jaguar, they through out, interior and exterior. It's too regurgitated to be a Jag. Everything about it looks borrowed. It's less original than most Japanese luxury sedans. Not to say it doesn't look good, as again, I do like it. It's just... bitter sweet.

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I like it, but I was hoping for a front end that looked more like the concept. That gear selector is kickass!

EDIT - Button-actuated parking brake: See that, Cadillac? It's not that hard to do it!...

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It was intended to be a Buick. They took the inspiration from Buick Lacrosse and Lucerne by mashing their headlamps together and then then disliked the wide Buick Grill to reduce it to a Fugly Seat.

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Man, that design just doesn't cut it. They really blew it on the front end...so bad that they practically admitted it in the press release.

The interior doesn't knock me out either...and I'll tell ya, if I'm paying x amount of dollars for that baby, I sure wouldn't want a dash full of plasti-luminum.

Not bad, but not great either....and Jaguar needed this to be a bonafide hit. Too bad...

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