Review Jaguar XF V6 and V8
The excitement surrounding the recent launch of the sport export line is palpable. With the new XF saloon, it has emerged to sweaty palms, stress level of hands.
For export, it is a case of preaching to a converted person.
The car, as beautiful and competent as it is, appeals to established Jaguar followers.
XF is a completely new ball game. This is the car that must bring fresh blood to the brand; The car must repair an old owner facility brought from the previous era.
A group of customers fell in love with us in the 1960s and ’70s and they were very loyal customers, said Dor Jaguar Lapthorne, General Manager of Dor Jaguar Australia at the XF launch last week. However, new customers do not love us.
Our current customer base is an average age of 57 – about 10 to 15 years older than people like BMW, Audi or Lexus, or anyone else. That in itself will not be a problem, if every time someone turns 57 they think; ‘Now I am old enough to buy a Jaguar.’
That, according to Lapthorne, didn’t happen and Jaguar’s old owner base continued to age.
Enter XF and, according to Lapthorne, there is strong evidence that the tide is turning.
The first delivery on June 1, we sold 60% of the allocation (400 cars) this year … and the good news is that 77% of XF customers don’t currently own Jaguar, he said.
This is good news for us. And the average age we’re seeing is not 57, it’s 44 – 10 years younger than the overall brand.
Jaguar also gave no reason to introduce the XF as a premium product. There is no high-level entry model to fight BMW or Mercedes-Benz.
Jaguar describes the car as a premium niche product and those who want it will pay the price.
The 3.0-liter V6 and bi-turbo 2.7-liter diesel engines offer a double entry point at $ 105,500 with a 4.2-liter V8 at $ 130,500. The current hero model, the 4.2-liter SV8 supercharger, costs $ 166,700 but consider it to be replaced as the top model with the car’s XF-R version within the next 12 months.
Without XF 2.5 liters; there’s no $ 100,000 XF – because that doesn’t fit the profile of making nice fast cars, according to Mr. Lap Lapthorne.
Does that mean we do not compete directly with the Germans? Yes, it does.
Software We don’t have a $ 80,000 car to compete with Series 5 (entry level) or A6. We are a premium niche business.
The biggest benefit for XF is the XF. Although the exterior styling may be a small challenge for some tastes – the front is not aggressively aggressive, with the grille returning to the perpendicular distance ahead of the XJ Series 1 and rear. is a classic; Ian Callum (style director) plays power with the cues for the designer Martin Martin and the beautiful export of the designer.
XF coupe-like lines are highlighted by the appropriate raking angle of the windshield and rear glass.
However, it was in the car that XF took Jaguar to a whole new level. In the English club’s own way, the brand always uses wood and leather to distinguish it.
It still uses fine wood and luxurious leather but follows a more modern trend.
It would be a little unfair to call Scandinavian furniture, but the use of metal, sweeping lines and blue phosphorus light might make you think they are.
There are some really good design accents, while it can’t shake the world of car interiors, giving XF different points and new warmth.
The gearshift is now an integrated dial, protruding from the center console to fit comfortably in your hand when the car starts with a push of the damper start button.
At the same time the vents reveal themselves in the fascia by rotating open.
The interior light is controlled by touch coatings and the glove box only opens when it touches a dip-copper rondel directly – the practical purpose is as small but cute as a button.
The design goal for the cabin is to emphasize sportiness.
The dash has been lowered to improve visibility of the horizon and the greenhouse sits high enough to push the driver in, rather than on the seat.
Along the way, it’s a lesson on how the character can be drawn from the basic chassis by changing the engine and gearbox.
No turbochargers are available for the boot drive, due on sale on June 1, but the difference between petrol and diesel pairs is significant.
The 3.0-liter V6 (175kW and 293Nm), combined with the six-speed ZF shared by all models, is a pleasant enough experience but raises the question as to why about 50% of orders move. Next is this car.
There is nothing wrong with the combination every se, but at the same price and with the same high specification level, the diesel engine, with 152kW and a maximum power of 435Nm, makes much more sense.