2012 Jaguar XF Facelift to be introduced at the 2011 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 14, 2011

According to very reliable sources, it appears that the facelifted version of the Jaguar XF will be revealed next month, at the 2011 New York Auto Show. Maybe this will not be a surprise for many of you folks who expected a new ‘make-up’ for the well-known cat but what it is more interesting is that Jaguar will bring a diesel-powered version… in interesting strategy to bring an oil burner at an American auto show.

And now the biggest surprise: the model will actually be powered by a four-cylinder 2.2-liter diesel engine, and promises to deliver the best fuel consumption in the XF lineup.

For those who don’t know, Jaguar already offers a diesel-powered version of the XF on the European market but it is powered by a more potent 3.0-liter engine.

The new 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine is the same engine which will be found on the Range Rover Evoque and will deliver around 200 hp and just 150 g/km of CO2 emissions. Apparently, the British manufacturer owned by Tata Motors wants to follow the same path as Audi and Bmw. For those who don't know, the Audi A6 and the Bmw 5-Series powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine are quite popular.

Regarding the design of the updated XF, expect to see new headlights carrying LED technology, a redesigned front bumper, new taillights as well as a new rear apron. More details will be revealed on April 21, when the 2011 New York Auto Show will open its doors!

Inside the 2010 Jaguar XF is the latest direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 engine. In addition to introducing a new Portfolio derivative, a number of specification and trim changes were included. New features were also added to the new XFR. When the Jaguar XF was first shown last year, it was understood that the brand had a bold and new design language. However, it later became clear that this was a vehicle wherein the expectations raised by its striking appearance were overshadowed by the driving experience.

With the XFR, the experience is taken to new heights and thus swings the balance to dynamic performance. Even then, it continues to have the core values the Jaguar XF is known for, which include being a sports sedan that shows luxury and refinement. The engine, as previously mentioned, is a supercharged direct-injection 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 510 bhp with peak torque at 461 lb.-ft.

That the XFR can be easily recognized is due to a number of features like the new and unique 20-inch wheels and the front end that sports a new design with the chrome air intakes improved. It also comes with four exhaust tailpipes that have been expertly polished, supercharged hood louvres, and the side sills and rear spoiler that are both aerodynamically functional. Finally there is the discreet “R” badging.

All of the characteristics present when the Jaguar XF was first launched can still be seen in the new version. While this four-door vehicle exhibits the visual excitement present in a coupe, the cabin offers room for five adults and has a modern style that remains to be uniquely Jaguar. When it comes to the interior design, the Jaguar XF has been known for its simplicity and the clever use of space.

These are still present in the new model. For the driver in particular, the main focus is on the JaguarDrive Selector transmission interface and its compact packaging. Coming in a cast alloy, the Selector has long been known to play an important part in the execution of the unique welcoming handshake of the XF. This so-called handshake is best experienced when the illuminated stop/start button throbs similar to a heartbeat until it is pressed and it is also when the Selector goes up to the hand of the driver with the rotating fascia vents opening silently.

It is these many features that have made the Jaguar XF appealing to more than 30,000 customers. While the exterior styling of the XF already sets it apart from its many rivals, the same can be said for the cabin. This is proven with the use of the satin or gloss wood veneers, aluminum dashboard, and the tailored instrument and door panels that are then combined with the twin-needle stitching.

There is also the interior mod lighting and the Phosphor Blue halo illumination. For those who want luxury appointments, the Portfolio specification is a good start. Also equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 engine, the Portfolio variant shows the ultimate in craftsmanship details that includes, among others, the ventilated cooled and heated seats, contrast stitching on leather trim, deep-pile carpet mats that have contrast edging as well as embroidered logos, and the Jaguar Suedecloth Premium headlining.

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