The wind of change for Jaguar’s quiet XF

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

JAGUAR’S XF saloon and XK sport car are get­ting new looks this au­tumn.

The front of the XF is all­new, bor­row­ing the look of the XJ limou­sine, with slim­mer head­lamps, LED strips, a more up­right grille. The bon­net is lower and has a wider power bulge. There are vents be­hind the wheels with Jaguar script. LED units fea­ture in the larger rear lights.

The cabin has been re- trimmed, with a new steer­ing wheel, colour screens, more sup­port­ive front seats and other de­tails changes.

The V6 diesel en­gines are joined by a cheaper and more eco­nom­i­cal and cleaner 2.2 diesel, giv­ing 187bhp and 332 lb ft. With an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box and the first use of stop-start in a Jaguar, it can ex­ceed 50mpg. From £30,950.

Across the new XF range ad­vances have been made in re­fine­ment with ac­tive en­gine mounts (diesels) and new sound-dead­en­ing ma­te­rial and re­designed wing mir­rors to re­duce wind noise.

“The re­sult is a car that sets new bench­marks in the sup­pres­sion of road noise,” says the com­pany. On sale from Septem­ber. New lamps and cabin up­grades fea­ture on the 2012 model XK range, also here in Septem­ber.

Prices, from £65,000 for the V8 coupé.

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