Jaguar has announced a series of updates to its XJ and XF ranges for the coming model year, including the introduction of the XF Sportbrake.
Firstly, Jaguar is expanding the use of its 8-speed automatic transmission, combining it with an engine stop/start system for all engines across the range. Fuel economy improvements range from 6 percent on the V6 diesel engine, to 11 percent on the supercharged V8 unit.
The biggest changes are to be seen in the engine line-up. Two new petrol units are being introduced – a turbocharged, 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre engine with 177 kW and 340 Nm of torque, as well as a supercharged, 3.0-litre, V6 with 250 kW and 450 Nm of torque.
The new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine will replace the 3.0-litre V6 unit found in the XF, while the supercharged V6 will replace the current, naturally aspirated, 5.0-litre V8. As a result, fuel consumption for the XJ 5.0 V8 model drops from 11.3 L/100km to 9.4 L/100km. Combined with the 8-speed automatic transmission, the new engine will haul the XJ to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds (0.5 faster than the current XJ V8). The XJ also benefits from a retuned suspension with recalibrated springs and dampers. The existing supercharged 5.0-litre V8, with its 375 kW and 625 Nm of torque, will remain in the Jaguar model line-up.
The XF and new XF Sportbrake 2.0-litre diesel models are also available in two states of tune – 120 kW and 400 Nm, or 150 kW and 450 Nm.
Interior changes are limited, but include a revised infotainment system (with improved audio and navigation interfaces) and an optional Meridian sound system, which is available in 380W or 825W outputs.
As with the 2013 XJ, Jaguar is expected to release country-specific details on the XF in the coming months.