Subtle facelift for super-saloon with modest power gains - but it's set to gain an eight-speed 'box

Jaguar looks set to keep things subtle with the facelifted version of its XFR super-saloon, judging from the first spy shots of the car.

The complex pattern of the test car’s disguise almost manages to make this XF look like a regular model. But the deeper air intakes, side skirts and four exhaust pipes reveal that it is the next version of the 503bhp XFR hot rod.

See the spy pics of the new Jaguar XFR in testing

Due to appear at the same time as the facelifted XF range, the revised XFR is unlikely to offer any significant gain in power over the current car.

But it is set to offer a couple of extra gear ratios; Jaguar is planning to roll out a ZF-developed eight-speed automatic gearbox across the range, replacing the current six-speed unit.

Read more on the facelifted Jaguar XF range

A range of new engines is expected to appear in the updated standard model range: a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder Ford/PSA diesel unit (currently used by Land Rover) is heavily tipped to join the range to power a new entry-level model. Power from this engine in the XF will be around 200bhp.

The facelifted saloon’s launch is expected to coincide with the debut of a fastback, sporting estate version of the XF. Expect elegant styling incorporating a shade more practicality to be the defining features in this model, rather than a Volvo-style cavernous load area.

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Our Verdict

Jaguar XF 2008-2015
The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

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10 December 2010

Love the XFR but feel it needs a spoiler for some reason? Anyway the XFR defo needs a bhp gain to at least 550 and torque to about 500 i.e. Caddy CTS-V!!!

JAG ALL THE WAY BABY...

10 December 2010

looks like they replace the headlights with the XJ ones. Good move.

10 December 2010

Sad, I thought Jag would have introduced a two door version to fill the void of a V6 coupe.

10 December 2010

[quote Amanitin] looks like they replace the headlights with the XJ ones. Good move[/quote]

Agreed. I have always hated the headlights on the XF - they make it look like someone has shoved a red hot poker up it's jacksie

10 December 2010

[quote shortbread]Sad, I thought Jag would have introduced a two door version to fill the void of a V6 coupe.[/quote]

It's great that there's going to be a wagon (esp. if they do an R version) but I agree that it would be ace to do a 2 door version. It's just never been on the cards though has it?

The shape of the headlamps, from what you can see in these shots, looks fantastic. It looks like they've played around with the rear lamp shapes too. Can't wait to see it properly.

10 December 2010

[quote Guffria]Love the XFR but feel it needs a spoiler for some reason? Anyway the XFR defo needs a bhp gain to at least 550 and torque to about 500 i.e. Caddy CTS-V!!![/quote]

Guffria, I'm with you in that I think the XFR is a superb car but it does not need a spoiler. Not too sure a big increase in power is the way forward either. If they can make the next generation lighter, I'm sure this would be enough to keep it as a great alternative and a great competitor to BMW/Audi/Mercedes

I'm eager to see what the estate version looks like. I'm hoping they don't compromise in the way it looks.

10 December 2010

The rear end (from what I can see through the disguise) is starting to look very BMW. Come on Jag you can do better than that.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

10 December 2010

[quote TegTypeR]The rear end (from what I can see through the disguise) is starting to look very BMW.[/quote]

Can't see that myself Teg. We'll have to wait 'till the swirls come off...

10 December 2010

A 503bhp 'hot rod' does anyone still use the term hot rod any more. Don't think the car needed a lot of changes anyway, but i'm not sure of the point of a 2 door coupe version.

10 December 2010

Maybe the XFR will have 550PS & 700Nm...............

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