Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia’s reboot of their lineup continues with the all-new XF, a mid-sized executive sedan will prowl in the same hunting ground as the E-Class, 5 Series and the A6. Without out a doubt, the competition is tough but the Jaguar does have its differentiating qualities.
It starts at the bones of the car, which is formed mainly with aluminium to give the sedan a near-ideal 50:50 weight distribution, which is great for handling. Jaguar claims that this architecture drops the XF’s weight by 190kg with an increased torsional stiffness of 28 per cent compared to its predecessor.
Naturally, the new XF has its proportions redrawn. The car is now 4954mm long but its front overhang drop by 61mm. The wheelbase is stretched by another 51mm, giving it a total of 2960mm. The longer wheelbase excavates another 15mm more legroom, 24mm more knee room and up to 27mm more headroom. The sheet metal that forms around the body-in-white gives the XF a shape that drops the drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.26.
A double-wishbone front and integral link rear suspension setup further enhances car-control and ride comfort. The electronic spectrum that keeps the car honest includes JaguarDrive Control, EPAS, Torque Vectoring and All Surface Progress Control.
There are two variants offered at launch, both run with the same 2.0-litre engine. The force-fed mill pushes 237bhp and 340Nm through an eight-speed automatic straight to the rear wheels – you’ll get the same in the XE. But unlike the XE, the XF isn’t offered with the more powerful 3.0-litre.
Entry to the XF world starts with the Prestige variant. Priced from RM450,000, the car comes with a 17-inch Lightweight 15-spoke wheels, perforated leather seats, metal tread plates with Jaguar script and multi-function soft-grain leather steering wheel.
Add RM10,00 more to the Prestige and you’ll get the XF R-Sport for RM460,000. This variant affords you the a sports suspension, 18-inch Helix 10-spoke wheels and a selection of R-Sport goodies that consists of a body kit, metal tread plates and soft-grain leather steering wheel.
We agree the price comes at a premium and it is even higher than the German rivals. Whether or not this is a hard pill to swallow, considering the current economic situation, is yet to be seen. Malaysians can somehow unearth tons of cash for a car they’d buy with their hearts.