New Jaguar lighter, faster, even bet­ter- heeled

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

PRE­TO­RIA — Jaguar launched seven new de­riv­a­tives of the new XF, promis­ing a seam­less blend of con­tem­po­rary lux­ury with tra­di­tional Jaguar crafts­man­ship and state- of- the art tech­nol­ogy.

Ian Hoban, ve­hi­cle line di­rec­tor, Jaguar XF said the en­gi­neer­ing aims for the all- new XF were bound by one holis­tic goal — it had to do ev­ery­thing bet­ter.

“The all new XF of­fers even bet­ter dy­nam­ics, even greater re­fine­ment for the com­fort of its oc­cu­pants, it has an all- new in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, and it utilises ev­ery last mil­lime­tre of pack­ag­ing to max­imise in­te­rior space, while ex­ploit­ing all the weight­sav­ing op­ti­mi­sa­tion of­fered by our new alu­minium- in­ten­sive ar­chi­tec­ture,” said Hoban.

Ad­vanced pas­sive damper tech­nol­ogy links the wheels to the car. The Adap­tive Dy­nam­ics sys­tem mon­i­tors body move­ment 100 times a se­cond and wheel move­ment 500 times a se­cond to de­ter­mine the op­ti­mum damper set­tings for the driv­ing con­di­tions.

The com­pany also in­tro­duced a new acro­nym for elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol. Call­ing it All- Sur­face Progress Con­trol ( ASPC), Jaguar said the sys­tem was de­vel­oped for low- speed driv­ing in low- grip con­di­tions, au­to­mat­i­cally man­ages the brakes and the throt­tle to de­liver the best pos­si­ble trac­tion, en­abling the car to pull away smoothly and with­out drama. “The driver only has to steer,” said Jaguar in a state­ment. ASPC op­er­ates be­tween 3,6 km/ h and 30 km/ h, and the de­sired speed is set by the driver us­ing the cruise con­trol switches.

While the XF boasts Jaguar’s year- old In­Con­trol Touch sys­tem, it does come with adap­tive full- LED headlights.

Fea­tur­ing two banks of LEDs and re­flec­tors — one for dipped beam, the other for main beam — they gen­er­ate light with a colour tem­per­a­ture closer to that of day­light than is achiev­able with Xenon lights, de­liv­er­ing bet­ter il­lu­mi­na­tion. Un­like first- gen­er­a­tion LED de­signs, cool­ing fans are not needed.

If the high- beam as­sist func­tion is spec­i­fied, the stereo cam­era will de­tect other ve­hi­cles in the dis­tance, and the headlights will be dipped au­to­mat­i­cally as nec­es­sary to avoid daz­zling other driv­ers.

The lat­est low- slung sedan from Jag com­petes against the BMW 5 Se­ries, Mercedes- Benz E- Class and Audi A6. — WR.

Prices:

2.0 Pres­tige Diesel — R714 800 2.0 Pres­tige Petrol — R755 153 2.0 Port­fo­lio Petrol — R856 253 2.0 R- Sport Diesel — R782 700 2.0 R- Sport Petrol — R822 953 3.0 R- Sport V6 250kW — R1 045 503 3.0 S V6 280kW — R1 186 803.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

The new Jaguar XF takes the bat­tle to its Ger­man ri­vals with keen, all in­clu­sive pric­ing.

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