By on March 24, 2015

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Want an F-Type but need an extra set of doors and a back seat? Jaguar’s got something for you.

The 2016 Jaguar XF gets two V6s borrowed from the F-Type (supercharged 3.0L units with 340 and 380 horsepower) as well as an 8-Speed automatic gearbox. There’s also the Jaguar Configurable Dynamics system, which can adjust suspension, steering, engine and transmission settings – sadly, the F-Type’s famous exhaust note doesn’t appear to be present.

With a structure that is now mostly aluminum, the XF loses as much as 265 lbs on all-wheel drive models thanks to a revised AWD system. Look for the full unveil at next month’s New York Auto Show.

 

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54 Comments on “New York 2015: 2016 Jaguar XF Revealed...”


  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    From exterior design, to interior design, to fit & finish & quality of materials, to driving dynamics…

    …this Jaaaaag, like nearly every Jaaaaag, is…YAAAAWN!…

    …so 2000 and Late.

    • 0 avatar
      Ihatejalops

      What cars DO you like? This ain’t to bad, just not sure who it’s aimed at…more disappointed that everyone follows the germans.

      The XJ is a nice looking car.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Ooh me me! I know.

        He likes the 300, and the Impala. He also likes the Accord.

        • 0 avatar
          S2k Chris

          Usually the people who have something bad to say about EVERY car at least have the courtesy to prefer NICE cars, like a 3-series or 911 or something. “This car sucks I’d rather have a crappy Chrysler” just seems so…odd.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            You’re younger than me, but maybe I’m also just a lot more cynical.

            You see, I view things now on a “price adjusted” basis more than ever.

            So, it’s not so much that this Jaguar may not be a perfectly fine vehicle by most standards, but rather that it doesn’t exactly ring any bells given its relatively lofty price.

            Ironically, do you want an example of a vehicle that does, both on a price adjusted and even non-price adjusted basis?:

            Honda S2000.

            p.s. – Stan got 40itis early:

            http://www.southpark.nl/clips/388734/i-have-cynicism

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        Any vehicle costing as much as this one better be able to grab my attention.

        This passes by like a stale, British (Tata owned) fart in the air.

        • 0 avatar
          jmo

          OK, give us some examples of cars in this price range that you like.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            C7 Stingray
            BMW M5 (last gen was better, but still)
            Mercedes E Class
            Challenger Hellcat (cheaper, better, louder, boner)
            Ford GT500 (see above)
            Infinity M35/45 (cheaper, better)
            Lexus LS460 (LS430 was better still)

            There are others.

          • 0 avatar
            jmo

            So you find the exterior design of the LS 460 and M 35 exciting?

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      Pace and grace. This is a wonderfully subtle, graceful design. I’m not much one for “in your face”. Subtle ages far better.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    In every photo that Jaguar pendant hanging from the car looks CGI. Overall this looks better than the old one of course, but you can still tell it’s on the same ye olde tyme platform.

    It needs a visit to the same eyebrow salon as the Verano. Looks a bit upset or unimpressed with that unibrow at the back.

    • 0 avatar

      Actually, the new XF doesn’t use the Ford DEW98 platform like the outgoing one does. This latest XF, as well as the compact XE, rides on Jaguar’s new mostly-aluminum iQ platform. As far as the reason the pendant looks CGI, it’s because it’s had a sticker of some sort applied to it, which I think looks tacky, but there it is…

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    If it sounds like the F-Type, it will be worth every penny.

  • avatar
    Mr. Orange

    It is no longer a Lincoln LS underneath. That is a good thing. And it will weigh less than the larger XJ. Another good thing. Now only if the front was actually different enough to make people in the know know its a new from the ground up design.

    But I do have to say that front lighting element is totally b*tch*ng imo.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      It still looks like a FoMoCo-owning-JLR Jaguar, imo.

      Jaguars & Astons have what seems like 12 year product cycles.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Wikipedia is mum, but I’m guessing this is still DEW98 meaning the XF’s platform is in fact seventeen years old.

        “Second generation (2015-)[edit]
        The second generation XF will be available in UK showrooms in September 2015. It will be the first Jaguar with LED headlamps. Because of extensive use of aluminium, the car will be 190 kg lighter than its predecessor. Engines range from 163 PS diesel to 380 PS petrol, with up to 700 Nm of torque. The car is 7 mm shorter than the predecessor”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_XF

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          No way.

          Can’t be.

          S2KChris, ihatejalops, et al., all said I just can’t acknowledge a great vehicle.

          The XF is an incredible vehicle, and according to S2KChris, if the exhaust makes vrooom vrooom F-Type sounds, it’s got Mojo.

        • 0 avatar
          Mr. Orange

          If the platform is shared with the XE and made of mostly aluminum like Jaguar insists then I believe this would not be DEW98 but a new platform. DEW98 was made of steel.

      • 0 avatar
        mechaman

        I’ve been thinking the same .. don’t think the new owners just tossed everything in the dustbin when they bought the marque ..

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    There’s nothing wrong with Jaguars per se, they look good, but the problem is at the higher end of the luxury car market, 5 series/E-Class to 7 series/S-Class, people tend to want more formal, stodgy, power evoking designs rather than sporty. When you pull up in an S-Class or Rolls Royce with the big grill and symbol on the hood, in a big squared off car, that screams power and you just don’t get that from the current Jaguar sedan designs. I can see down the road Jaguar having these designs alongside a more traditional car design also, kind of like Mercedes with the CLS and E-Class.

  • avatar
    marc

    I hate the ….it looks like…. memes. Having said that, the dash looks like a
    corolla.

  • avatar
    jellybean

    Super boring. Very derived from current styling trends. Yawn, having a nap now.

  • avatar
    sparc

    Volvo in the front and other 2/3 reminds me of a BMW 5 series.

    Seems too generic looking to me. Not sure how that sells sedans in this environment when crossovers and SUVs are taking over.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    marc, sparc & jellybean – nooooo! S2KChris said this is an amaziiiing car if it sound like an F-Type!!!

    It doesn’t matter if the interior is more cheaply finished than a Buick Verano.

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      If that sound doesn’t make you weak in the knees, just go back to driving a rental-spec 300.

      • 0 avatar
        TrailerTrash

        I’m with Deadweight again. The sound is simply unimportant. If anything, sound should JUST be icing. Isn’t the awesome Tesla almost silent?
        No…everything else has to be there before “sound” gets added to the plus side.
        Guys and gals with laptops faking auto sounds should not make my decision.

        • 0 avatar
          krhodes1

          The lack of sound is one of the (many) things that makes the Tesla not awesome to me.

          I think the Jaaag looks just fine. Wish they sold the even better looking sportwagon version here, I don’t do sedans.

          • 0 avatar
            bunkie

            Being gearheads (most of us, anyway), we’re conditioned to love engine sounds. And, yes, fake sounds rankle.

            Back in the 1950s, the first jet airliners began to appear. Pilots who transitioned to the jets complained about all sorts of worrying noises coming from the other aircraft systems. Four big radial engines did a great job of masking these sounds that were always there, now they could hear them. Eventually, pilots got comfortable with the quieter environment of the jets. It’s the same with electric cars. The quiet is unnerving and the things we never heard before are, perhaps, new and strange. In the end, I suspect that we’ll come to appreciate the ability to hear subtle suspension or tire issues (to name just a couple of possibilities) well in advance of when we do now.

            As to DW’s point, in one respect he’s right. The XF is boring/understated and expensive compared to some other cars. But he, as usual, dismisses the notion that that’s exactly what some people want. Yes, a 300 is probably almost as nice a car for a lot less money. Personally, it’s a car I’d really like to drive daily. But I share my car with my wife who has worked very hard over her life building a solid professional reputation and and she wants something that conveys that status. I don’t really care about that, but I want her to be happy, so it’s so-called “luxury” brands for us.

  • avatar
    James2

    Jaguar is suffering from Audi-itis now.

    No matter the year, model or generation the car looks almost exactly the same as its predecessor (which also didn’t look like a Jag).

  • avatar
    RRocket

    What a bland and cheap looking interior. Wow.

  • avatar
    Carzzi

    I see that the rear quarter window treatment is very much like the Subaru Legacy 4th gen’s (BL, ’03- ’09).

  • avatar
    Dan R

    The front, exaggerated air intakes look ridiculous.
    The old XJ had functional front brake ducts but these were in the grille and all but hidden.
    But no doubt it will appeal to its target market.

  • avatar
    Bocatrip

    I own a 2010 XK Coupe so one would think I might be biased. This car does look dated and for the money there are many cars to choose from. Why they didn’t completely refresh the car and make it look futuristic is most likely due to cost. No big deal to me. Kind of bland.

  • avatar

    I had to compare with a 2013 model to see the differences. The VW Golf manages to look different from generation to generation but still looks Golfy. Jaguar have not pulled off that trick. I dislike the lamps.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I stopped caring about Jaguar in 2009 when they stopped making sedans that looked like they were designed in 1968.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Ah yes, when they stopped looking like Jaguars and instead Jellybeans.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        I quit caring about Jags when they canned the Xk8, after that its been weird blobby cars, Ford Mondeos, and the Ferrari-copy “F-Type” with a detuned V8 as its best motor, unless of course you waited for the hardtop version!

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      I LOVED the XJ8 & XJ12.

      My boss in 2004 had the latter and I used it to pick up my sister at Kalamazoo College.

      Those Jags had style, beauty, grace, power and I loved them.

      Those were vehicles that you could love despite their flaws because they were the opposite of sterile, dull & generic.

      I absolutely loved looking at and driving that car.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        I always remember it as a 12 for some reason.

        It wasn’t; it was the supercharged 4.2 Liter, but it boogy woogied.

        But the way it drove & looked were its best attributes.

  • avatar
    baconator

    The current 5-series and E-class, both widely panned as bland designs, are selling more units than ever. I suspect that the demographic that buys medium-sized, moderately-expensive sedans also prefers styling that is somewhat in the middle. This Jag has some nifty surface details that are nevertheless not “in your face,” and it’s at least handsome from all angles.

    The real problem for Jag is that BMW and Lexus have become what Buick used to be to the upper-middle class, a default choice when you’re not thinking too hard about choice and not trying to stand out. I tend to think that the minority who really love cars and/or driving, or those who want a more sporting image, have lots to choose from at this price point.

    I’ve flirted with buying an XF in the past, but right now why wouldn’t I take that $800/month lease payment and buy a Passat or Mazda6 daily driver plus an air-cooled 911 or even an old E-Type?

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    It looks – OK. Like anybody else’s 4 door sedan. The interior is inoffensive but definitely not luxurious. Without the kitty on the front it could pass for the next Optima, 300, or Fusion. For any of these brands it might be considered successful. For a Jaguar this is a major fail.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    the problem with this car is that it dates back to the Ford days

    but saying all that I do like them because they are NOT the three germans… audi is fwd yuck, bmws are ugly as hell and the merc is super stodge but probably the best of a bad lot

    the jag is a jag

    i would suppose you need to like Jags to understand

    the 3 litre v6 twin turbo diesel thanks

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    I can’t tell this apart from the new XE. Seriously. Same bangers different length.

    I like the exterior design language overall, but that interior is…umm…not interesting.

    I miss the classic Jaguar design language of the XJ circa 2009 (and even the hated smaller X-Type). A proper Jaguar with recognizable styling, big swaths of wood on the dash, designed to be a big lux cruiser rather than a British-badged BMW chaser. Oh well, I couldn’t afford it new and wouldn’t touch a used one, so you can see what my opinion’s worth.

  • avatar
    Zuzax

    Serious motorcar. May try one. That would make 5 Jags in my history. First, I have to finish the new/current project: XK140 FHC restomd (lo-mi S Type R drivetrain and frame up supercar to 450HP). Just purchased platform and donor. Will post progress.

  • avatar
    mechaman

    What is it with everybody and the outsize brake duct/scoop areas?

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      The actual scoops are quite small on most road cars, just lots of unpainted plastic to fill in the hole.

      Saves money on paint and to some looks sporty, I personally think it looks cheap.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Looks fine to me, plain, but at least not cheap like Audis most recent “face”.

    What is cheap is sticking the same V6 into everything, then randomly bumping or detuning the power for cheaper models and that. I’ll go to Nissan if I want parts bin V6’s.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    What the hell is that side profile? Are they even trying? The previous one looked like a Volvo S80 from the side. The new one looks like a SUBARU LEGACY! Seriously, look at that C-pillar. Wow, what a FAIL! I thought the XJ was bad with its idiotic black out rear pillar combined with the chrome window surround (Jag doesn’t know how floating rooflines work) but I think this is actually worse than that.

    The interior too, everybody was asleep at the switch apparently. The upcoming Mercedes E-class is just going to DESTROY this thing. Hell, the C-class looks nicer on the inside.

  • avatar
    fr88

    I think that part of the tepid reception the XF is receiving is due to the color choice chosen for its presentation. Refrigerator White does no favors to any car, especially an R-model that substitutes chrome trim for black plastic for that, ahem, “sporty” look. A white car needs chrome trim to make it pop visually, otherwise it looks like a low-line rental. Plus white erases any visual interest that may exist in sheetmetal contouring.

    Visualize the car in a real color; copper, navy blue, dark red, even gunmetal grey, and its looks would improve dramatically.

    However, no change in color is likely to redeem that grim, low-rent interior. With all the visual interest happening in the XJ, you would think that Jaguar would have taken a hint from the C-Class (mini S-Class) and stepped up its game for interior design for the XF. Instead, it appears to have done the reverse and let the accounting staff do the design. But then, just like white exteriors, black versions of any interior are always the dullest.

  • avatar
    fr88

    I took a second look at the XF pics, and found that the car’s styling is growing on me. Its clean lines, delicate detailing, and tight stance suggests a trim athlete, as opposed to the lumpy, aimless pulchritrude of the sheetmetal on a Mercedes, BMW or Lexus. My only faults with the design are the lower front air intakes – hopefully toned down on non-S models – and the black triangle on the rear door window. Surely that could have been avoided somehow.

    I will also reserve judgment on the interior until I see one without the blackout treatment of wood and trim that comes with the “S” model. But it is unlikely to improve much since its basic design is so dull and down-market looking.

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