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Jaguar comes roaring back with a sleeker, lighter and classier XF

Martin Brennan

Published 08/11/2015 | 02:30

The new Jaguar XF 'offers a more sporty drive'
The new Jaguar XF 'offers a more sporty drive'

The original Jaguar XF was revolutionary for the brand when it was launched and collected 145 awards globally when it went on sales in 100 countries, including a Best Luxury Car Award here at the Continental Irish Car of the Year Awards some years ago.

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Now a new XF (left) has arrived to build on the reputation for style and innovation and it offers a more sporty drive.

It comes at a time when Jaguar is expanding the range of models on offer and slots in between the newcomer XE at entry level and the XJ. An all-new SUV, based on the XE, the XE-Pace, is also on the way to further broaden appeal.

The new XF is designed to take on Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. The ace up its sleeve is its light-weight aluminium technology. Jaguar invested €416m in new architecture which allowed designers to shed 190kgs, and over 80 per cent of parts used are newly developed.

Torsional strength is increased by 28 per cent to improve safety and driving dynamics. It is now shorter and lower, but on a longer wheelbase. And its designers say there is more interior space and that the boot is class leading in its segment.

Luxury features such as four-zone climate control, heated rear seats, a heads-up speed and navigation display, a 10" touch screen and a virtual instrument cluster are available. The new sleek coupe-like design allows for lower wind drag and improves fuel efficiency while cutting down on wind noise.

The best-selling model is expected to be the 163bhp 2-litre diesel at €43,205 in the entry-level Business trim, and there is also a 180bhp option, both of which are also available in the better kitted-out Prestige trim at €45,995 and €49,995.

There are also R-Sport and Portfolio versions with prices ranging from €47,240 to €54,440. The top power plant is a 3-litre diesel priced from €67,630 to €71,945 depending on trim levels.

Jaguar has a three-year free service plan and aims to double sales next year.

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