Photographs by Priyank Mazmudar
The Jaguar XF was one of the first models to be launched along with the XJ when the car maker officially debuted on Indian shores. The first cars came with a 5.0 litre monstrous V8 with the diesel following later. After getting a mid-life facelift, the second generation XF is now here. Like what now is the trend I the luxury car space, the new XF shares the Jaguar family look. While the front resembles the XJ, the rear is way too similar to the entry level XE. But the new model promises to be a big leap forward for this cat and we get under the skin to tell you everything about it.
The new XF looks more of an evolution of the previous gen car than an all out new design when you look at it the first time. Get up close and then you realize that it is an all new Jag. At 5067mm, the new XF is a long car and the wheelbase of 2960 mm translates to more space on the inside. The front grille is larger than before and the headlamps get signature Jaguar J blade daytime running lamps. The headlamps themselves are all LED units in the range topping Portfolio trim while the base Pure and mid Prestige models get Bi-Xenon units. The high boot line gives the XF a sporty coupe style silhouette and the rear gets F-Type inspired tail lights with LED detailing. While the Portfolio gets 18 inch alloys, the lower grade variants get a multi-spoke 17 inch design, that look rather ordinary. The new XF is also 190 kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture. While the car is a nice looker and has the presence expected from a car in this segment, we feel Ian Callum and his team could have done that extra bit to add a little more spunk to the design.