Jaguar to roll out AWD versions of XF, XJ in selected markets

Article by Anita Panait, on August 18, 2012

Jaguar will be rolling out All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) versions of the XF and XJ saloons in selected markets starting with its 2013 Model Year. Jaguar usually offers All-Wheel-Drive versions where there is high demand for the vehicle, especially in areas where harsh conditions exist. The AWD versions are expected to highlight the capability and versatility of the XF and XJ in conditions where considerable road grip is hard to attain.

Jaguar will be marketing the AWD versions of the XF and XJ in major markets like North America, Russia, China and continental Europe. The AWD versions are powered by Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged 340PS petrol engine.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director for Jaguar, said that the carmaker has revitalised its core range and is now carrying out an intensive programme of introducing new models, strategic powertrain and technologies to bolster the Jaguar brand globally.

He added that the new AWD models is an example of how the company is taking its business forward via targeting specific market opportunities by addressing specific regional requirements. Jaguar is particularly eyeing the US, which is the world’s largest for AWD sales. In fact, initially over three quarters of the AWD models built at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant in the UK from October 2012 will be rolled out in the US.

The addition of the AWD versions to the XF and XJ ranges will allow Jaguar to compete in around 80 percent of the luxury saloon market, a fourfold increase from its previous opportunity. Jaguar will not offer the AWD versions of the XF and XJ in the UK for 2013 Model Year since AWD only accounts for less than five percent of the country’s luxury saloon market.

Jaguar XF has been critically acclaimed with fans around the world getting excited due to the remarkable looks and the dynamic qualities. A simple description of the XF would be that it is a saloon which has the essence of a sports car from Jaguar. With the introduction of advancements in lighting technology, the 2012 XF range is now able to have the design language that the brand first revealed on the XJ saloon.

Starting in the rear, the tail lamps have been redesigned and now stretch to the boot lid’s central portion. Because all of the indicators, lights, and stop functions now make us of LED, it allows the XF to have a unique nighttime look.

Separating the different lights is the boot lid finisher, which has been redesigned as well. By having its lower edge in gloss black, it results in having a cleaner look. Power closure is also available for the boot all across the XF range. Meanwhile on the front, the headlamps make use of the HID xenon bi-function technology. As such, they now have a more compact and even slimmer form.

Yet they continue to have excellent beam resolution. Meanwhile the LED daytime running lights have been set up in a way that it shows the well-known 'J-Blade' signature pattern of the brand and ensure immediate recognition. Other changes include the use of sheet metal not only to the bonnet but the front wings and even the grille. Further, by putting in new triangular side vents, it results in the XF having that more purposeful and stronger look.

The XFR on the other hand has its very own highly assertive, yet still distinct, design which helps to highlight the performance potential. All variants will be offered with the “Aerodynamic” option, resulting in a total of three different styling choices. Rounding off the redesign are the three new colors for the exterior with the selection of the alloy wheels expanded starting from the 17-inch version and all the way to the 20-inch variant.

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