Beginning this fall, Jaguar will offer four- and six-cylinder engines in two of its three car lines. Since Jaguar withdrew the small X-Type from the U.S. about four years ago, it hasn’t had a four-cylinder engine available since 1948 and no V-6. However, it’s likely feeling the pressure to raise its efficiency with the current trend.
Andy Goss, the CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, said that while the market has shifted to six-cylinder, Jaguar only has V-8s. The XF sedan will be offered with a 2.0-liter, 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder from the Range Rover Evoque. The XF is a four-door that rivals the BMW 5 series, Cadillac STS and Mercedes-Benz E350.
The XF and the larger XJ sedan will soon offer a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in either 340 hp or 380 hp, says AUtonews. The V-6 is based on the 5.0-liter V-8, which is currently the only engine Jaguar uses for its U.S. cars. Goss said he considers the V-6 to be a game changer. He said that about 70% of XF’s rivals are sold are powered by V-6 engines. He said that with the V-8, they’re “fishing in a small pond."
These two engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces a six-speed automatic. The fuel economy ratings won't be offered until August. The XK convertible and coupe won’t be available with these new engines and transmissions.
For the 2012 model year, the new Jaguar XF sports car improves on its well-praised design – introduced on the flagship XJ saloon -- by taking advantage of the advances in lighting technology. This is because the headlights of the new Jaguar XF now employ bi-function HID xenon technology. This means that these headlamps could be designed to be more compact and slimmer without compromising their beam quality. In addition, these headlights are complemented by daytime running lights that employ LED technology. These DRLs have been laid out in the so-called 'J-Blade' signature pattern.
On the rear, the new tail lights now also employ LED technology for its stop, light and indicator functions. For the latest edition of the Jaguar XF, these new tail lights now extend to the center section of the boot lid. The tail lights – unique enough to bestow the XF with distinctive night-time rear signature – are separated by a revised boot lid finisher that comes with a glossy black lower edge. All Jaguar XF models now have a boot with power closure.