Jaguar introduces the 2010 XF Diesel S

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The revisions to the Jaguar XF range are bound to excite driving enthusiasts. A 271bhp Diesel S model with part XFR styling has been created. Also, a lower entry-level price for the range has been introduced.

Priced from £38,475, the Diesel S now has an XFR derived interior as standard. As part of a 'Dynamics Pack', it also gets the Adaptive Dynamics system, currently available on the XFR and XK range as an option.

Adaptive Dynamics makes an analysis of the chassis movement and steering inputs 500 times a second and with this information, it adapts the suspension.

In addition, the Dynamics Pack has 20-inch five-spoke alloys, and is priced from £1,250. Mike Cross, chief engineer (vehicle integrity) said that the lessons that have been learned from the XFR were applied in order to have "more sophisticated, sporting driving dynamics to the Diesel S model."

Cross added that the latest Diesel S is fitted with the state-of-the-art Adaptive Dynamics system, resulting to taut handling and superb body control. Another upside to it is that it performs well without the noise and harshness often associated with 'sports' suspension packages.

Consumers can opt for an 'Aerodynamic Pack' priced from £1500. With LED lights, the price goes up to £2000. With this styling pack, you can expect the addition of black mesh inserts for the grille and lower air intakes and XFR style side sills. The entry-level 3.0-litre V6 petrol Luxury model is priced from £29,900.

Of course, the new Jaguar XF Luxury has an extensive array of luxurious features. Coming as standard are Bond Grain leather seats and a seven-inch full color touch-screen display with Navigation and Bluetooth technology, as well as Phosphor Blue halo illumination and interior mood lighting.

Moreover, it could be specified in any of the 13 available colors and five different alloy wheel designs. Also installed as standard is a six-speed automatic transmission with Jaguar Sequential ShiftTM and Jaguar Sense, as well as Jaguar Smart Key SystemTM with Keyless Start.

According to Geoff Cousins, Managing Director at Jaguar UK, the carmaker is riding on the momentum set by over 19,000 XFs running on the roads in the United Kingdom. He noted that the XF has won over 60 international awards for XF since it was launched in 2008.

He remarked that while diesel-powered Jaguar XF has been the most popular model in the range, the carmaker would also like to cater to low mileage drivers who may not want or need a diesel vehicle for their daily driving requirements. He quipped that by trimming the entry price for the Jaguar XF range to just below £30,000 for the 3.0-liter petrol model, that carmaker has made the saloon a better proposition in terms of value for money.

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JAGUAR XF GAINS EXTRA SPORTING APPEAL – PLUS RANGE NOW STARTS AT £29,900

Following the successful launch of the 3.0-litre diesel engine and the XFR in 2009, Jaguar is introducing a number of key enhancements to the XF range for 2010. Spearheading the updated range is the much-acclaimed 275 PS Diesel S model, which will now feature some of the unique sporting character of the XFR to deliver an even more exciting driving experience.

To further boost the appeal of the award-winning XF line-up, the entry price is now less than £30,000, with the 3.0-litre V6 petrol Luxury model priced at a highly competitive £29,900.

Sporting and Sophisticated – The Enhanced XF Diesel S
The 275 PS high-performance XF Diesel S model is significantly enhanced for MY11, taking the lead from the stunning XFR model to provide drivers with superior driving dynamics, a more striking appearance and an upgraded interior which offers the ultimate in sporting luxury.

The MY11 XF Diesel S now comes with an XFR derived interior as standard while the Adaptive Dynamics system, currently featured on the XFR and XK range, is available as an option on the high-performance diesel.

“We have applied the lessons learned from the XFR to bring more sophisticated, sporting driving dynamics to the Diesel S model,” explained Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity. “Fitted with the state-of-the-art Adaptive Dynamics system, the latest Diesel S provides driving enthusiasts with taut handling and superb body control, but without the noise and harshness often associated with ‘sports’ suspension packages.”

Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system is featured in one of the two new option packs which are available exclusively on the XF Diesel S in 2010 to further enhance the driver's enjoyment of the performance characteristics of this car – the Dynamics Pack and the Aerodynamic Pack.

Dynamics Pack. The Dynamics Pack incorporates the Adaptive Dynamics system. This high-tech system analyses chassis movement and driver and wheel inputs 500 times every second, continually adjusting the suspension to improve handling without loss of comfort. The result improves on the XF's already impressive handling and strikes a clever balance between a luxury ride and sports car agility. This optional pack also includes Shadow or Silver finish 20-inch Volans five-spoke alloy wheels, and costs from £1250 depending on model.

Aerodynamic Pack. The Aerodynamic Pack is designed to give an even bolder style to the XF Diesel S. The striking new black mesh inserts for the grille and lower air intakes give a fresh look to the front of the car and for even greater visual impact, the sculpted lower air intake blades can be supplied with bright-white LED daytime running lights. The side sills from an XFR complete the package. The cost of this option pack is £1500, or £2000 with the LED lights.

Performance Interior. The enhancements to the MY11 Diesel S are completed by the interior, which now features the superior specification from the XFR as standard, providing the 275 PS diesel model with the ultimate sporting luxury interior. The upgraded cabin includes the leather sports seats from the XFR, featuring 18-way adjustment for the driver and 14-way for the passenger. Power-adjusted raised side bolsters will keep driver and passenger firmly in place during cornering, while the rest of the cabin's sporting style is enhanced with the high-gloss Piano Black veneer and Jet Suedecloth headlining available as an option on Premium Luxury and Portfolio Diesel S models.

New Colours Across the Range
Polaris White is a new colour for the MY11 XF range, replacing Porcelain. Red brake callipers are also available to order as a no cost option on XFR models and black mesh inserts for the grille also become standard on the XFR and Diesel S.

XF Sports Saloon Now Starts at Under £30,000
The final change for the XF range in 2010 is the entry price. An XF 3.0 V6 petrol Luxury will now be priced at £29,900 on the road.

The XF Luxury model includes many luxurious features as standard. Bond Grain leather seats; Phosphor Blue halo illumination and interior mood lighting; seven-inch full colour touch-screen display with Navigation and Bluetooth technology; six-speed automatic transmission with Jaguar Sequential ShiftTM and Jaguar Sense and Jaguar Smart Key SystemTM with Keyless Start. The Luxury model comes in a selection of 13 colours and has five different alloy wheel designs to choose from.

Geoff Cousins, Managing Director, Jaguar UK said: "With more than 19,000 XFs now on the road in the UK the momentum continues and we have celebrated winning more than 60 international awards for XF since it launched in 2008.

"While our class-leading diesel engine is by far the most popular engine in the range, we would like to appeal to low mileage drivers who do not necessarily want or need to drive a diesel. By reducing the entry price for the XF range to less than £30,000 for the 3.0-litre petrol model, we have made our four door saloon even better value for money."

In the UK, retail pricing of the XF range now starts at £29,900 for the 3.0-litre petrol. The 3.0-litre diesel model is available from £34,775 for the 240 PS engine while the 275 PS 3.0-litre Diesel S starts at £38,475. The top of the range XFR is available from £62,055

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