Jaguar has revealed its all-wheel drive variants of its XF and XJ models, mated to its new 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine
16 August 2012

Jaguar has revealed its all-wheel drive versions of the Jaguar XJ and XF at the Moscow motor show. The new powertrains have been developed using expertise from sister company Land Rover.

The all-wheel drive powertrain will be mated exclusively with Jaguar’s new 335bhp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine and an eight-speed ZF gearbox.

Jaguar cites its key markets as the North American ‘snow belt’, Russia and China. There are currently no plans to introduce it to the UK market, unless exceptional demands warrants it.

Adrian Hallmark, global brand director said: “Jaguar has revitalised its core range, and is now undertaking an extensive programme of introducing new models, strategic powertrain and technologies to reinvigorate the Jaguar brand around the world.”

The AWD system operates intelligently, directing torque through a multiplate wet clutch operated by a transfer case control module, to direct torque to the front and rear as required. A new cross member, engine mounts and exhaust system have been engineered in both the Jaguar XF and XJ.

The front driveshafts run through the sump to lower the centre of gravity in order, and the suspension and steering systems of both cars have been modified to deliver what Jaguar says is the “same involving handling as their rear-drive counterparts”. In dry conditions, the all-wheel drive system operates a rear bias except during step off when torque is pre-loaded to the front for a smoother start. Maximum torque split is 50:50 front:rear.

The AWD system works with Jaguar Drive Control, allowing the driver to select Winter mode which alerts the system to a likely reduction in traction, allowing it to apportion more torque to the front wheels. 

Jaguar’s new 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, introduced as part of 2013 model year revisions, delivers 335bhp and 332lb ft between 3500-5000rpm with 295lb ft available from 2000rpm. It features dual independent variable valve timing and a new sparkplug positioning which aligns the electrode more accurately for enhanced combustion and efficiency.

A twin-vortex Rootes supercharger is mounted within the ‘Vee’ of the engine and incorporates electronically-managed boost control. Jaguar claims this improves efficiency by up to 20 per cent.

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16 August 2012

This will increase sales volume tremendously for South Germany, Switzerland North Italy not to mention the Nordic countries and Russia which is one of the fastest growing markets

what's life without imagination

16 August 2012

..... as far as I understand it Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz seem to do quite well selling 4x4 diesel versions of A6, 5-Series and E-Class   [not sure about S-Class and 7-Series, though A8 is obvious!]

 

Is Jaguar missing a trick (again)?

16 August 2012

I guess you failed to notice neither models will come with the 3.0 diesel, the only way they will sell AWD Jag's in Europe, especially the Scandinavian countries is if it drinks from the black pump.

16 August 2012

Adding the 4wd with a diesel to the upcoming XF estate would give immediate entry into the European 4wd diesel niche - I'd buy one as well!

16 August 2012

Jag need 4WD because RWD is just not an option in the USA snow belt and so they're currently missing out on a very large part of the population in one of their biggest markets.

The reason there's no diesel is simple.  The front driveshafts can only be accommodated with Jag's new V6 supercharged engine and not the other engines bought in from other manufacturers like Ford. And for the key USA market diesel is not required.

16 August 2012

Welcome additions to the range, but missing a trick not offering them in Europe, obviously its home market is not that important anymore. Shame really, an AWD diesel XF estate would sell well, then offer one with raised suspension to take on the Audi Allroad/ Volvo XC70,  in America, Volvo sell three XC70 for every V70.

17 August 2012

Does that translate as Volvo sells a lot of XC70's in the US, or very few V70's?

17 August 2012

They must be working on a diesel 4WD version, surely?  It's madness not to offer a combination that has a ready made customer base throughout Europe and Australasia.  In 2-3 years when we come to upgrading our Evoque, a diesel 4WD XF Sportbrake would be an obvious replacement possibility if it will be available!

17 August 2012

Dark Isle wrote:

They must be working on a diesel 4WD version, surely?  It's madness not to offer a combination that has a ready made customer base throughout Europe and Australasia.  In 2-3 years when we come to upgrading our Evoque, a diesel 4WD XF Sportbrake would be an obvious replacement possibility if it will be available!

That will probably depend on whether the extra torque of the diesel can be handled by the gearbox and 4wd system, and also if it still fits under the bonnet with the 4wd as diesel engines tend to be larger. If it can then it'll probably happen, if it cant happen easily then they probably have to compare the extra R&D costs involved against how many extra sales it will generate in Europe

17 August 2012

John O'Groats wrote:

Does that translate as Volvo sells a lot of XC70's in the US, or very few V70's?

A lot of XC70's, in fact my information was slightly out of date Volvo dont even offer the V70 anymore in North America.

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