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William Maley

New York Auto Show: 2016 Jaguar XF and the High Wire Act: Comments

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We have to admit Jaguar pulled off quite the stunt with the 2016 XF. Driving across London's Canary Wharf on two 784-foot long wires is no small feat, but it highlights some of the big changes made to second-generation model which Jaguar has divulged today.

First off is the XF's body. Jaguar says the body is now 75 percent aluminum which means a drop of 132 pounds on the rear-drive model and 265 pounds on the all-wheel drive model. Aside from the obvious improvements to performance and fuel economy, Jaguar also promises an increase torsional stiffness and weight-distribution.

When Jaguar released teaser shots of the XF last week, we couldn't make any headway on the exterior aside from saying that it looked similar to the current model. Well it seems that hunch was right on the money. Jaguar's design team left the basic shape the same and made minor changes with a wider grille, slimmer headlights, new taillights, and slightly smaller length (about 0.3 inches).

Inside is very much XE with both models sharing a similar dashboard layout and the availability of either of a 8 or 10.2 inch screen with the automaker's new InTouch infotainment system. No matter which screen you have, it will be paired with a 12.3 inch screen in the instrument cluster and an increase of interior space.

Jaguar is still keeping a fair bit of information under wraps but did reveal that it will have the choice of two supercharged 3.0L V6s with 340 and 380 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, with all-wheel drive - a new torque on-demand design, with a chain-drive transfer case instead of gear-drive - as an option. An eight-speed automatic comes as standard.

Jaguar says the XF will go sale this fall.

We'll have more information and live shots when the XF makes it debut at the New York Auto Show next week.

Source: Jaguar

Press Release is on Page 2


All-New 2016 Jaguar XF Revealed in Dramatic 'High-Wire' Journey

  • Official global reveal of the all-new 2016 Jaguar XF marked by a three minute, 787ft 'high wire' journey across London's Canary Wharf
  • Second generation XF redesigned to deliver better proportions, more interior space and a coupe-like profile
  • New aluminum-intensive architecture contributes to a weight savings of 132lbs on RWD models and 265lbs on AWD models
  • With the redesign of the XF, the entire Jaguar line-up now features aluminum-intensive construction
  • Elegant, progressive design provides additional rear head room, knee room, and leg room
  • Launching with a 340hp supercharged V6, as well as a 380hp supercharged V6
  • All-new Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ infotainment system available with 10.2-inch touchscreen and reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster
  • All-new full LED headlights available
  • Front Double-wishbone and Rear Integral Link suspension deliver exceptional ride comfort, handling and refinement
  • Torque on-demand all-wheel drive system (AWD) with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics available
  • All-new XF to make a public display debut in NYC ahead of its auto show debut on March 31-April 1 at iconic Flatiron location
  • Full technical and range specifications will be released on April 1
  • On sale Fall 2015

(MAHWAH, NJ) - March 24, 2015 - The all-new 2016 Jaguar XF has been revealed through a dramatic 'high-wire' water crossing in the heart of the London business district.

Expert British stunt man Jim Dowdell, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, drove the all-new Jaguar XF 787ft (240 meters) across a high-wire to highlight the lightweight aluminum-intensive architecture featured on the vehicle. The feat took place high over the Royal Dock in London's Canary Wharf.

"Over my 35 years in the industry I've driven Jaguar vehicles on many Hollywood movie sets. However, the biggest test for me on this stunt was the unpredictability of the elements. Potential oscillation in the high-wires from wind speeds meant it added a real challenge. The wires are only 34mm in diameter so the journey required absolute precision, balance and control" said, Jim Dowdell, expert stuntman.

Meteorological experts and structural engineers were on hand to determine precise drive conditions, based on comprehensive crosswind analysis. As a contingency, Jim Dowdell was rigged up with abseil equipment, a cherry picker crane was on hand and a RIB safety speedboat waited on the banks.

Footage of the drive can be viewed at jaguarusa.com/NewXF.

The all-new Jaguar XF brings a blend of refinement, dynamics and design to the segment. It will make a public display debut in the Flatiron District of New York City (23rd and Broadway) on March 31 at 11 AM EST and will be available for public viewing through April 1 until 7 PM EST. Full technical and range specifications of the 16MY XF will be released on April 1 when the newest Jaguar model makes its global motor show debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

With its outstanding interior space, the dynamic, coupe-like design of the Jaguar XF is formed around the Jaguar aluminum-intensive architecture and delivers the outstanding proportions, elegant surfaces and pure lines which define Jaguar cars.

The cabin utilizes a seamless blend of contemporary luxury materials and finishes, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship and all-new technology with available features such as the new Jaguar InControl® Touch Pro™ premium infotainment system1 and a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster.

"In creating the all-new Jaguar XF, as a design team we have been driven by discipline, the discipline of simplicity. Every exterior line on the XF has a clear purpose - nothing is superfluous. Achieving that simplicity takes time and requires great determination; it's all too easy to add lines to a car, but much harder to add character by leaving lines out.

"Inside too, we have been driven by the desire to ensure the cabin of the Jaguar XF is as comforting as it is comfortable. New technology, including our new 10.2-inch touchscreen, is combined carefully with materials that cosset and reassure. The all-new Jaguar XF has a clear sense of calm and strength, both outside and inside - and I'm proud of my team for delivering that," said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The sleek exterior and luxurious interior of the original XF made it a desirable, aspirational vehicle. The all-new XF retains these core attributes but uses the new Jaguar advanced aluminum-intensive architecture to elevate them to a completely new level. Featuring 75 percent aluminum, the architecture enables weight savings of 132lbs on RWD models and 265lbs on AWD models and an increase in torsional stiffness.

The architecture also delivers dramatic improvements in packaging and proportions, essential to Jaguar design. Though 0.3in (7mm) shorter and 0.1in (3mm) lower than the car it replaces, the 116.5in (2,960mm) wheelbase of the all-new Jaguar XF is 2in (51mm) longer, delivering more rear leg room, knee room and head room.

Two 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engines will be offered in the first model year featuring 340hp/332lb. ft. and 380hp/332lb. ft. ratings. Both engines are matched exclusively to eight-speed automatic transmissions.

The light, stiff body structure is also fundamental to the superb vehicle dynamics of the all-new XF. The sophisticated front double wishbone and rear Integral Link suspension, combined with near-50:50 weight distribution, delivers the ideal balance between agility, comfort and refinement.

Incorporating all of the learning from the Jaguar F-TYPE and the Jaguar XE, the meticulously-tuned Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system2 provides the XF with excellent steering feel and response.

Advanced passive damper technology delivers exceptional ride comfort as standard, but for additional control the optional Adaptive Dynamics system2 determines the optimum damper settings for the driving conditions.

When fitted, Jaguar Configurable Dynamics, first developed for the Jaguar F-TYPE, provides the ultimate in control and enables the driver to individually tailor settings of the suspension, steering, engine and eight-speed automatic transmission 2.

For select markets, such as the US, which demand all-wheel drive (AWD), Jaguar has engineered a new torque on-demand system. The transfer case uses a chain drive instead of gears and is light, quiet and efficient.

Capability is also enhanced by the advanced control system first used in the Jaguar F-TYPE AWD: Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD). This system delivers rear-drive handling with the performance and traction benefits of AWD 2.

Also standard on the all-new XF is All-Surface Progress Control system, developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions. This system is designed to automatically manage the brakes and the throttle to deliver additional traction, enabling the car to pull away smoothly in low-grip situations; the driver only has to steer 2.

Infotainment and connectivity is the most advanced Jaguar has ever offered from the all-new Jaguar InControl® Touch™ system1 featuring an 8-inch touchscreen or the optional InControl Touch Pro™ with a 10.2-inch touchscreen to InControl Apps™ and InControl Remote™.

To handle large amounts of data, the optional Jaguar InControl Touch Pro features a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a solid-state drive, a quad-core processor, and runs on an ultra-fast Ethernet connection - a next-generation network offering exceptional data transfer rates. Combined, they deliver incredible graphics, fast response times and truly exceptional performance.

Complementing InControl Touch Pro is an available reconfigurable 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster. Jaguar Land Rover pioneered this technology with the Range Rover and is now bringing it to the sedan segment.

The all-new Jaguar XF offers a wide range of available advanced driver assistance systems, including full-LED headlights and Laser Heads-Up Display 2.

The all-new aluminum-intensive 2016 Jaguar XF will be manufactured at the Jaguar Land Rover Castle Bromwich Plant alongside the all-aluminum Jaguar F-TYPE and Jaguar XJ.


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Interesting marketing gimmick. Guess those are rear cables to an overhead safety cable?

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Dang that looks awesome! I bet many other car companies wouldn't have the courage to try that trick. It doesn't seem to give off information on the car or anything like that, but it is cool that they went to high lengths like that.

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      The award-winning turbo charged and supercharged T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid will be available in the new S60, delivering 313 horsepower with a rear electric motor adding 87 horsepower for a combined power output of 400 horsepower.  The T5 FWD and T6 AWD will also be available. The T5 FWD, T6 AWD and T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid will carry a MSRP of $35,800, $40,300 and $54,400 respectively.
       
      The new S60 is available via traditional purchase, lease and Care by Volvo, a premium subscription service, which offers car access with no down payment via a monthly flat rate. Care by Volvo makes having a car as easy as having a mobile phone. A well-equipped S60 T6 AWD Momentum will be available for $775 a month through the program and the S60 T6 AWD R-Design for $850 a month. Reservations can be made online today at volvocars.com/us. 
        
      The new S60 shares Volvo Cars’ own Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology and infotainment system with the new V60 premium mid-size wagon, launched earlier this year, as well as the top-of-the-line 90 Series cars and award-winning XC60, all of which have achieved industry-leading safety ratings. This makes the new S60 one of the safest cars on the road.
       
      The City Safety with Autobrake technology assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first for the mid-size sedan segment, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.
       
      The optional Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance. The S60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car.
       
      Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G standard, and keeps drivers connected at all times. The intuitive control is a tablet-style touch screen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment apps.
       
      The new S60 will also be offered with a Polestar Engineered trim level – developed by Volvo Cars’ electric performance arm, Polestar.
       
      Polestar Engineered is only available on the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and is a complete offer with upgrades to the exterior and interior design, along with the car’s wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit, boosting the S60 T8 combined output to 415hp.  A limited volume of this variant will be available exclusively through the Care by Volvo app on June 28.

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    • By William Maley
      The 2019 Volvo S60 marks a few milestones for the Swedish automaker. For one, Volvo can finally say goodbye to the final remnants of its Ford ownership. The S60 is also the first model for the brand to be built in the U.S. at a new plant in South Carolina. It will also be the first Volvo to not offer a diesel engine.
      At first glance, the S60 looks almost the same as the larger S90 sedan. But get a bit closer and there are some major differences. For example, the 'Thor's Hammer' daytime running lights are closer to the grille than on the S90. The bumpers are much more aggressive and the doors feature deeper stamps and creases. Compared to the outgoing S60, the new model is slightly longer. Most of that increase goes to those sitting in the backseat. The interior is the same as you'll find in the V60 and XC60, complete with the 9-inch Sensus infotainment system. 
      Three engines will be on offer for the U.S.
      T5: Turbocharged 2.0L Four-Cylinder, 250 horsepower, Front-Wheel Drive T6: Twincharged 2.0L Four-Cylinder, 300 horsepower, All-Wheel Drive T8 Twin-Engine: Twincharged 2.0L Four-Cylinder with Hybrid System, 416 horsepower, All-Wheel Drive All engines will come paired with an eight-speed automatic. A T6 Twin-Engine with 340 horsepower will be available for other markets.
      Those wanting a bit more power only need to turn to the Polestar Engineered model that adds 15 horsepower, along with changes to the suspension and brakes.
      Being a Volvo, the 2019 S60 has a long list of safety features including automatic emergency braking, run-off road mitigation, and oncoming lane mitigation. Volvo's Pilot Assist that assists a driver with steering, acceleration, and braking on well-marked roads will be an option.
      Pricing for the 2019 Volvo S60 is as followed,
      T5 Momentum: $36,795 T5 R-Design: $42,895 T5 Inscription: $43,895 T6 Momentum: $41,295 T6 R-Design: $46,395 T6 Inscription: $48,395 T8 R-Design: $55,395 T8 Inscription: $55,395 All prices include a $995 destination charge.
      Those wanting to do a Care by Volvo subscription will have the choice of three models,
      S60 T6 Momentum: $755 per month S60 T6 R-Design: $855 per month S60 T8 Polestar: To be announced at a later date. It needs to be noted that the T8 Polestar Engineered model will only be available through Care by Volvo for now. 
      The order books are open right now for most of the S60 models; the T8 Polestar will be available to order starting June 28th. Production is expected to begin in the fall.
      Source: Volvo


      Volvo Cars launch new S60 sports sedan – the first Volvo car made in the USA
      Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today revealed the new S60 luxury sedan at the company’s first American manufacturing plant outside Charleston, South Carolina.
       
      The new South Carolina plant is officially inaugurated today. The combined car launch and factory opening reinforce Volvo Cars’ commitment to the US, an important market for the company and its new sedan. The new S60 is the first Volvo car made in the United States.
       
      “The new S60 is one of the most exciting Volvo cars we’ve ever made,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “It is a true driver’s car that gives us a strong position in the US and China sedan markets, creating more growth opportunities for Volvo Cars.”
       
      The new S60 is the first Volvo car to be sold without a diesel engine, signalling the company’s industry-leading commitment to electrification and a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine. In 2017 Volvo Cars was the first global car maker to announce its strategy that from 2019 all new models will be electrified.
       
      The award-winning turbo charged and supercharged T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid will be available in the new S60, delivering 313 horsepower with a rear electric motor adding 87 horsepower for a combined power output of 400 horsepower.  The T5 FWD and T6 AWD will also be available. The T5 FWD, T6 AWD and T8 Twin Engine Plug-In Hybrid will carry a MSRP of $35,800, $40,300 and $54,400 respectively.
       
      The new S60 is available via traditional purchase, lease and Care by Volvo, a premium subscription service, which offers car access with no down payment via a monthly flat rate. Care by Volvo makes having a car as easy as having a mobile phone. A well-equipped S60 T6 AWD Momentum will be available for $775 a month through the program and the S60 T6 AWD R-Design for $850 a month. Reservations can be made online today at volvocars.com/us. 
        
      The new S60 shares Volvo Cars’ own Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, safety technology and infotainment system with the new V60 premium mid-size wagon, launched earlier this year, as well as the top-of-the-line 90 Series cars and award-winning XC60, all of which have achieved industry-leading safety ratings. This makes the new S60 one of the safest cars on the road.
       
      The City Safety with Autobrake technology assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions, and is the only system on the market to recognize pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world first for the mid-size sedan segment, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.
       
      The optional Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 80 mph – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance. The S60 also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The optional Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car.
       
      Volvo Cars’ Sensus Connect infotainment system is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G standard, and keeps drivers connected at all times. The intuitive control is a tablet-style touch screen interface that combines car functions, navigation, connected services and in-car entertainment apps.
       
      The new S60 will also be offered with a Polestar Engineered trim level – developed by Volvo Cars’ electric performance arm, Polestar.
       
      Polestar Engineered is only available on the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid and is a complete offer with upgrades to the exterior and interior design, along with the car’s wheels, brakes, suspension and engine control unit, boosting the S60 T8 combined output to 415hp.  A limited volume of this variant will be available exclusively through the Care by Volvo app on June 28.
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      Full story can be read here: http://www.thedrive.com/tech/21587/jaguar-breaks-world-electric-boat-speed-record
       
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