Jaguar's new XF to cost from around €45,000
Jaguar's new mid-size saloon, the XF, will cost from around the €45,000 mark, I can reveal.
The rival to the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-Class and Lexus GS is due mid-October.
And while prices and specifications have yet to be worked out exactly, I understand it won't be far off the €44,820 that the current model costs.
This new arrival will have two key diesels, both brand new 2-litre powerplants from the Ingenium family - one with 163PS and the other with 180PS.
There will also be a 3-litre diesel and a couple of petrols - but really most people will focus on the first two mentioned.
And they can choose an 8spd automatic or 6spd manual transmission, with the former expected to be the preference for most of the 300 or so who will buy one next year.
The XF is very much a big brother of the recently introduced XE compact sports saloon and, as is now par for the course for Jaguar, is lighter and stiffer than the current model, thanks to extensive use of the brand's aluminium architecture throughout.
The weight loss is a significant 190kg and arises from the use of aluminium and lighter engines.
By the way, the diesels start with emissions of 104g/km and can manage a claimed 70mpg.
There is more room, Jaguar say, because the wheelbase is up 51mm, though the car itself is 7mm shorter.
While detailed spec/equipment levels have yet to be decided on for the Irish market, there will be a distinct stepping stone of equipment: SE, Prestige (these two are expected to account for most purchases), R-Sport and Portfolio.
Key to its driving set-up are the double wishbone front and integral rear axle (which we know well from the XE).
They also have a new infotainment system that, from just listening to them explain in the briefest of detail, sounds like it will do everything except boil the kettle for a cup of tea - though I suspect you could programme it to do so from a distance.
On a more serious note, this is the second major saloon from Jaguar this year and there's more to come. The company's first SUV, the F Pace, will be unveiled at Frankfurt next month.
But we shouldn't consign the current XF to history without acknowledging just how good a car it has been.
It has been a favourite of mine, anyway, and has picked up 145 awards in the course of its lifetime.
That's putting it up to the new kid on the block.