New Jaguar lighter, faster, even better- heeled
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.
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.
The new Jaguar XF takes the battle to its German rivals with keen, all inclusive pricing.