Jaguar's all the Evoque
There is a new focus on Jaguar and Land Roverthese days, with new models to tempt buyers at the luxury end of the market.
The all new Evoque has attracted a lot of attention for its departure from traditional Range Rover styling; while the XF saloon gets a fresh, new look and a new 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine which wins it the accolade of being the most fuel efficient vehicle in the Jaguar range.
The XF, which has already won 80 international awards, replaced the S Type in 2008 -- but with the styling changes and new engine economy, it should be a forecourt cheque-book puller for 2012.
The most important development is the new 2.2i4 diesel engine, which the company boasts will return 5.4L/100km (52.3 mpg) in mixed driving. Performance is not sacrificed as there is 190 bhp output with 450 Nm of torque on tap. The engine is mated to a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine refinement that Jaguar drivers expect is still there and to help with keeping C02 figures to 149g/100km (Band C, €302 annual road tax) there is stop-start technology.
Styling changes include a larger front grille, sleeker headlights, LED daytime running lights, new bumpers and rear light clusters.
Inside, there are restyled seats for more comfort and there is the option of a powerful new Bowers and Wilkins sound system.
Prices start at €45,000 for the SE model rising to €62,495 for the Portfolio version.