The Jaguar XF range has not only added a brand new model - the R-Sport Black - but also a whole host of enhanced trim packages to add to an already exciting and existing list.
The Jaguar XF is a already firm favourite with customers, with sales increasing year-on-year since launch: in fact 2014 was its best year ever, helping Jaguar to its strongest full year performance in nearly a decade. And now, with a list of high standard specifications that have been enhanced further, Jaguar Land Rover Managing Director Jeremy Hicks is an excited man when he looks to the future: "The XF combines style, luxury, comfort and the kind of sporty drive that only Jaguars deliver. That’s why it has always been popular with customers – and, thanks to the addition of R-Sport Black and our 2015 range enhancements, it now offers even better value for money.”
All Jaguar models in the XF saloon and Sportbrake range now come complete with Winter Comfort Pack and Parking Pack as standard; packs that include heated seats and windscreen plus front parking sensors and a rear camera. When it comes to higher grade models such as the Portfolio, Diesel S Portfolio, XFR and XFR-S, they also get Blind Spot Monitor as standard too.
Most of the models in the range find themselves with upgraded alloy wheels too.
Its not all good news for models in the XF range as the SE, SE Business and Premium Luxury trim levels have been discontinued along with the 3.0-litre V6 petrol and 240PS 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engines as Jaguar streamline the business; but as a result for customers, the range now starts with the generously specified Luxury trim.
So how do the specification changes affect the models?
The Jaguar XF Luxury models all get the Winter Comfort Pack and Parking Pack as standard, but in addition they all now come with Gloss Dark Oak veneer. 200PS models get their 17” Ursa alloy wheels upgraded to new 18” Manra wheels – although cars with the 163PS engine do keep the smaller wheels so that they can keep their CO2 emissions to 129g/km.
The Jaguar XF R-Sport models get the Winter Comfort Pack, Parking Pack and a 380w Meridian Audio system as standard along with the Gloss Dark Oak veneer. 200PS models, in keeping with their Luxury odel cousins, get an upgrade to 19” Grey Aquila wheels from the previous 18” Lyra alloys.
The Jaguar XF Portfolio models now benefit from the addition of the Parking Pack, Blind Spot Monitor and 19” Artura wheels as standard equipment, with 20” Hydra and Silver Draco alloys available as options, along with the previously standard Suedecloth headliner and metallic paint - although the 380w Meridian system does enter the llist of standard speifications..
The Jaguar XF Diesel S Portfolio models keep Suedecloth headliner, metallic paint and the 770w Meridian Surround Sound system as standard, and have the full Parking Aid Pack and Blind Spot Monitor bolted on as standard too.
The Jaguar XFR has always had a ferocious reputation, and that is now enhanced with lots of specification additions that includes stainless steel pedals, Speed Pack, Rear View Camera, Blind Spot Monitor and Red Brake Calipers with the range-topping Jaguar XFR-S adding in Rear View Camera and Blind Spot Monitor.
And then there is the BRAND NEW Jaguar XF R-Sport Black
This new model is exclusively available with a 2.2-litre turbocharged 200PS diesel engine, and a range of standard equipment and aesthetic enhancements as standard that includes: 20” Black Kalimnos alloy wheels, Black Pack, 770w Meridian Surround Sound system, full bond-grain leather upholstery, 18way Sports seats with memory function and a choice of five no-cost paint colours: Kyanite Blue, Italian Racing Red, Glacier White, Ultimate Black and Stratus Grey.
Makes choosing the new Jaguar XF just that little bit harder - but a lot more pleasurable on a test drive.