MAHWAH, New Jersey — The redesigned 2016 Jaguar XF midsize luxury sedan will take on such competitors as the BMW 5 Series and Cadillac CTS with an emphasis on styling, roominess and lighter weight. The XF makes its global debut on Tuesday ahead of a public unveiling at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
The second-generation 2016 XF will arrive at Jaguar dealerships this fall. Pricing has not been announced. Full technical specifications will be released on April 1.
The XF rides on the brand's aluminum-intensive platform, resulting in a weight savings of 132 pounds on rear-wheel-drive models and 265 pounds on all-wheel-drive models. Presumably, the diet will result in better fuel economy, although Jaguar Land Rover did not provide any estimates.
The proportions of the XF have been modified compared to the previous model. The 2016 XF is shorter and lower than the car it replaces, with a wheelbase that is 2 inches longer. As a result, rear passengers will find more legroom, knee room and headroom.
Two 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engines, delivering 340 and 380 horsepower, will be offered in the first model year here, Jaguar Land Rover said. The engines are linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is not clear at this point if the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine, part of the 2015 XF lineup, will be among the 2016 offerings.
All-new full LED headlights are optional on the 2016 XF, along with a new Jaguar InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with an optional 10.2-inch touchscreen and reconfigurable instrument cluster.
Standard equipment includes an All-Surface Progress Control system, which was developed for low-speed driving in adverse conditions.
"The system is designed to automatically manage the brakes and the throttle to deliver additional traction, enabling the car to pull away smoothly in low-grip situations," Jaguar Land Rover said. "The driver only has to steer."
The 2016 XF was unveiled during a high-wire stunt in London. Footage of the drive can be seen at JaguarUSA.com/NewXF.
Edmunds says: Luxury car shoppers seeking a car with lots of character will be drawn to the redesigned XF.