The Cat pounces
Jaguar unleashes a keenly priced turbo petrol XF
FINDING more Australian homes for big cats will become a little easier for Jaguar with the XF ‘‘ volume-seller’’ now sporting Ford forced-induction.
The Indian-owned British marque has new variants to lower the entry price and has moved away from naturally aspirated V6 and V8 petrol engines falling by the wayside.
The 2013 XF range now has standard satnav and eightspeed autos. The new entrylevel petrol model is $68,900, powered by the 2.0-litre turbo four also in the Ford Falcon and Range Rover Evoque.
Jaguar Australia brand manager Mark Eedle says it unlocks substantial sales potential for the XF.
‘‘ About a quarter of the XF segment is four-cylinder petrol and we haven’t had one previously so it’s a big moment for us,’’ he says.
‘‘ We’ve been talking about a 25 per cent increase in XF sales as a result— a year ago we only played in half the segment.’’
The XF range will also get the supercharged V6 to replace the naturally aspirated V8, the same engine (albeit in a less frenetic tune) in the F-Type when it arrives here mid-2014.
Sales aren’t expected to return to the volumes of a decade ago, when the X-Type sedan bolstered numbers, but Eedle says current trends are encouraging: ‘‘ This is a brand that has shown how well it can stand with three models, when you get the engines and positioning right as we have done now . . . we’ll be into four figures with the F-Type.’’
The 2.0 Petrol Premium Luxury model will be priced from $75,500. The 2.2 diesel XF has fallen from $78,900 to $69,900 and the Premium Luxury model has been cut to $76,500 (it was $86,100).
The new supercharged V6 petrol XF models start from $96,650 for the Luxury and the Portfolio starts from $112,650. The existing V6 turbo diesel range has been cut by about $10,000. The supercharged V8 XFR performance sedan drops from $210,400 to $189,900.
Eedle says the brand has tried to soften the blow for those who bought cars in the lead-up to the pricing changes.
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