China-only saloon revealed in Beijing; 140mm longer and built specifically for unique local market

Jaguar has revealed a new long-wheelbase version of its XF saloon called the XFL in Beijing.

The China-only model is 140mm longer than the regular car, extending rear leg room by 157mm and knee room by 116mm.

The car has been designed with Chinese chauffeur-driven buyers in mind, so comes with the latest InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, two 8in screens and digital wireless headphones.

The screens can also display media streamed via the car’s wi-fi hotspot, or from devices connected through the HDMI/MHL ports. The system works with an 825W Meridian Surround Sound System that uses 17 speakers.

Rear passengers also have folding rear tables, heated and cooled seats with a massage function, four-way lumber adjustment and window blinds, and the whole cabin features a new air-cleaning ionisation system.

Jaguar says that with so many features, the rear of the XFL can be turned into a mobile office to cater for China’s travelling executives.

Up front, drivers are faced with a 10.2in touchscreen that runs InControl Pro infotainment, and a 12.3in virtual instrument cluster with 3D mapping.

With the extra length, the XFL weighs approximately 200kg more than a regular XF. It comes with a choice of three petrol engines: Jaguar’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder in 197bhp and 236bhp guise, or a 335bhp supercharged 3.0-litre V6.

All cars come with four-wheel drive as standard and use a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The XFL is the first Jaguar to be built at the firm’s Chery Jaguar Land Rover plant in Changshu, which is also China’s first purpose-built aluminium body shop.

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25 April 2016
Why not buy an XJ??
Why go to all the bother of designing & engineering a longer XF, when you can buy an XJ???

25 April 2016
jagdavey wrote:

Why not buy an XJ??
Why go to all the bother of designing & engineering a longer XF, when you can buy an XJ???

Because the latest XF is already more spacious than the now 8 year old XJ which is nearing the end of it's life.

 

25 April 2016
For the same reason why you can buy a LWB E class Mercedes in China etc
It's an interesting quirk of the local market, and in many ways the XFL is better suited for the back passenger than the swoopier XJ.

25 April 2016
The Skoda Superb, which is a stretched Passat, is selling very well in Europe. I happen to drive one, and would definitely be interested in something like an XF with real proper legroom in the back.

25 April 2016
One German car magazine recently rated the Superb better than the XF in a test. (But then they would be biased toward the Skoda, being owned by VW!!!)

25 April 2016
One German car magazine recently rated the Superb better than the XF in a test. (But then they would be biased toward the Skoda, being owned by VW!!!)

25 April 2016
I think JLR should think about selling the XF L in other Asian markets like India, where a large number of cars are driven by chauffeurs. They will be popular, as they will be priced a lot more competitively than XJs.

25 April 2016
The stretched E class, with its Maybach-style side window treatment, looks more successful to my eyes. The 200kg weight penalty is disappointingly high, too.

25 April 2016
Perhaps, since it matches the XJ in all major dimensions, a large part of the next XJ lurks beneath?

Pretty clever to get an entire model range from the same architecture... wonder if the F-type will join in eventually, too?

26 April 2016
I don't think they will be able to get the next XJ off the same platform as the XE and XF, but I think they will certainly get the next F-Type off it.

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