JAGUAR XF REVEALED – latest tech, reduced range, prices slashed
Jaguar has revised its XF, cut the range by two-thirds and slashed overseas prices in an effort to better compete against mid exec rivals the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. It gets a subtly tweaked look and a completely revised cabin. And features ‘considerably improved materials’ and switchgear, and new Pivi Pro infotainment.
XF RANGE TRIMMED, PRICES SLASHED
The XF’s engine line-up has been trimmed to a single, frugal 48V mild-hybrid 150kW 2-litre four-pot turbodiesel. And two 146 and 220kW 2-litre turbo petrols. All have eight-speed automatics. The AWD 220kW car is good for 100km/h in under six seconds. The range is also down from 64 to 28 derivatives. ‘To reduce manufacturing complexity’ … d’uh. XF’s long-term future ‘remains unclear.’
The significantly more responsive Pivi Pro system centres around a giant tablet-like 11.4in curved central-dash touchscreen. Other novelties include over-the-air software updates, cabin air ionisation and wireless phone charging. There’s also cricket-ball stitching on the gearknob and some trim tweaks too.
A new front bumper, mesh design front grille and slim LED headlights do duty up front and there’s a wider bumper and darkened tail-light surrounds at the rear. The new XF will be in SA early 2021.