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2009 Jaguar XF Preview

2009 Jaguar XF Preview

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008
Critical Knowledge:
  • All-new design

  • Coupe styling in a 4-door sedan

  • Class-leading chassis torsional stiffness

  • Standard 4.2-liter aluminum V-8 rated at 300 hp

  • Available supercharged V-8 rated at 420 hp

  • Standard 20-inch wheels on supercharged models

  • Standard shift-by-wire 6-speed automatic transmission

  • Cabin ambience enhanced with mood lighting

  • Available in March 2008

Jaguar, the classic British automotive nameplate, is synonymous with lavish, elegantly-styled automobiles. From the beautiful Mark V Drophead Coupe and the XK120 sports car, to the E-Type Roadster, Jaguar reaffirms its tradition of combining passion and sport with polish and style. Marking a new era for Jaguar, the 2009 Jaguar XF offers the visual excitement of a coupe in a stylish 4-door sedan. Inside the cabin, 5 passengers are treated to sophisticated luxury, while the hidden mechanicals deliver the ride, drive and performance of a true sports sedan.

Model Lineup
The all-new 2009 Jaguar XF will be launched in three trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, and Supercharged. The Luxury and Premium Luxury models will be equipped with a normally-aspirated V-8, while Supercharged models feature a more powerful version of the same V-8 engine. As expected in a premium-luxury sedan, all versions are equipped with a high level of standard features.

"With its dramatic styling, powerful flowing lines and a distinctive front, the new XF looks like no other Jaguar, yet it defines the new design language the company will be adopting on all future models," says the XF senior design manager. The XF is contemporary, sporty and muscular to the eye. With a drag coefficient of just 0.29, and zero lift at speed, it is also sleek to the wind, benefiting high-speed stability.

The interior cabin of the Jaguar XF is swathed in leather and wood, with aluminum accents. Phosphor blue mood or "halo" lighting bathes the interior, while a consistent theme is used throughout the dashboard, switch panels, touch-screen display, and instruments. An elegant finishing touch is the JaguarDrive Selector,TM which remains flush until the push-button ignition is switched on. When activated, it rises slowly into the palm of the driver's hand. In a similar manner, the air conditioning vents are hidden flush until powered, then smoothly rotate to the open position. JaguarSenseTM, another new technology introduced on the XF, offers touch- or proximity-sensing for convenient control over the glove box release and overhead lighting. While the standard audio system features 8 speakers, audiophiles will choose an available 440-watt Bowers & Wilkins premium surround sound system. All XF models may be equipped with Bluetooth, iPod and MP3 interfaces, JaguarVoiceTM command, digital radio, and a 6-disc CD player.

In traditional Jaguar manner, the new XF is a luxury sedan built on a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive platform. Jaguar claims the chassis offers best-in-class torsional stiffness to deliver both refinement and dynamic performance. In North America, the new XF will be available with a choice of two V-8 powerplants. The standard engine is an aluminum 4.2-liter normally-aspirated V-8 rated at 300 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. With a rotor-type supercharger under the hood, the 4.2-liter V-8 powerplant of the supercharged XF is rated at 420 hp and 408 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission controlled by Jaguar's electronic Sequential Shift SystemTM. Zero to 60 mph times are estimated at 6.2 seconds for the normally-aspirated model, and 5.1 seconds for the Supercharged model. Top speed of both models is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The Jaguar XF boasts independent suspension on all four corners. The front is of an unequal-length wishbone design, while the rear utilizes a multi-link design. Weight-saving aluminum is used throughout the suspension to improve ride quality. Standard on all Supercharged models is Jaguar's Computer Adaptive Technology SuspensionTM (CATS). With CATS, all dampening is electronically controlled within milliseconds in response to driving inputs and road conditions-offering an optimal balance between control and comfort.

The new Jaguar XF is built of high-carbon steel, boron steel, and bake-hardened steel to form a vertical "safety ring" around the occupants. Driver and passenger are offered additional protection by two-stage front air bags. Side and curtain air bags communicate with an occupant-sensing system in the seats to ensure the air bags work precisely, and only as needed. Seat belt retractors and anti-whiplash headrests help to minimize additional injury during an accident. All Jaguar XF models are equipped with many standard active safety systems including anti-lock brakes (ABS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Understeer Control Logic, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system offered as standard equipment on the new Jaguar XF is a two-stage design, similar to that featured on the Jaguar XK. Working with Trac DSC, the stability control system can be altered between two different programs-each based on the amount of wheel slip allowed before the system intervenes. On supercharged models, the DSC can be completely defeated. All mode selections are confirmed on the instrument panel.

The 2009 XF features Jaguar's Sequential Shift SystemTM transmission, used for the first time in a sedan. This shift-by-wire transmission control replaces manual shift linkages with electronic commands. As a result, the 6-speed automatic transmission is able to shift smoothly, and very rapidly. According to Jaguar, the new transmission in the XF can shift even quicker than the acclaimed XK's transmission.

The driver interface to the system is the all-new JaguarDrive Selector.TM The rotary knob is an industry first, and is designed to combine precise control with space-saving packaging. The Sequential Shift SystemTM offers the driver several transmission modes, including Dynamic and Winter. These alter the shifting thresholds-and shift strategy-to match driver input and road conditions. The Sequential Shift SystemTM works completely automatically, or gearshifts can manually be initiated through steering wheel-mounted paddles.

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