JUST RIGHT IT’S THE JAG THAT GOLDILOCKS WOULD BUY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Josh Dowl­ing

WHEN told I’d be test driv­ing the new XF, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing this.

I thought it might have been a spe­cial trib­ute edi­tion of the Ford Fal­con in its fi­nal year of pro­duc­tion, a nod to the XF model made from 1984 to 1988.

But this car, of course, has noth­ing to do with the Ford Fal­con’s her­itage in Aus­tralia.

The only things in com­mon: both are four-door sedans and roughly the same size. But Jaguar has sim­i­larly high hopes for its lat­est ex­ec­u­tive sedan.

As with other lux­ury mar­ques, Jaguar is an­tic­i­pat­ing the demise of the big Aussie sedan and lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing will give cus­tomers “per­mis­sion to buy” a lux­ury badge with­out ridicule or dis­sent from their peers.

WHICH IS WHICH?

THE XF is Jaguar’s se­cond lux­ury sedan ar­rival in 12 months.

It looks re­mark­ably like its smaller sib­ling, the re­cently re­leased XE (also coin­ci­den­tally named af­ter an­other clas­sic Fal­con). So much so I had to park one next to the other to fig­ure it out for my­self.

So here are the hot tips for the anoraks: the headlights have a slightly dif­fer­ent shape and in­ter­nal de­sign, the tail-lights have two

ON THE ROAD

Jaguar XF ... lur­ing buy­ers from Benz and BMW will be the chal­lenge.

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