The new Jaguar XF will offer the best residual values of any premium executive saloon when it goes on sale in the UK this September, the British manufacturer has claimed.
Citing research conducted by Kwik Car, Jaguar says an entry-level 2.0-litre 163PS XF in Prestige specification will hold 52% of its original value after three years and 30,000 miles. That's compared to a Mercedes-Benz E200 BlueTec SE Auto, which holds 45% of its original value, an Audi A6 Ultra in S-Line specification which also holds 45%, and a BMW 520d SE which holds 44%.
As well as best-in-class residual values, Jaguar also claims the XF will sit in a lower insurance group than its rivals, citing research by Thatcham. Insurance ratings for the XF start in Group 25E - five groups lower than the equivalent BMW 5 Series.
The new Jaguar XF made its public debut at the New York Motor Show in April, and is priced from £32,300.
Jaguar's new XF is claimed to be lighter, more efficient and far more technologically advanced than the seven-year-old model it replaces.
Built around the company’s latest aluminium architecture, which it shares with the XE, the Mk2 XF is powered by Jaguar Land Rover’s all-new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, as well as a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre diesel V6 and a supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6. Jaguar says that 83% of parts on the car are new and the body is' 11% lighter and 28% stiffer than the old XF's.
"There could be a place for a V8, but we're really pushing what we can do with the performance of a V6, in combination with the low body weight. The supercharged element to the V6 adds the instant throttle response; that pick-up is very important. Power is one of the elements of the story but by no means the most important," said Ian Hoban, Jaguar vehicle line director.
"It's important to launch this car with a real breadth of powertrain options to ensure it has appeal in different geographic locations. We can't assume everyone wants the same as the UK. We now have an engineering centre in China, which is a data gathering centre for Chinese buyer requirements," he added.
The new XF also features the company’s new InControl Touch Pro multimedia system, which is based around a quad-core processor and uses an “ultra-fast” ethernet network.
The new car employs Jaguar’s aluminium-intensive platform which is also used, in smaller form, under the new XE saloon.
The XF’s structure is, like the smaller XE’s, about 75% aluminium in its construction, and helps make the XF 190kg lighter than before. The XF’s front-to-rear weight distribution comes in at close to 50/50, because the rear structure of the body is made mainly of steel, which places more weight at the car’s rear.
Jaguar also says the structure is nearly 30% stiffer than that of the current car.
Hoban said: "The way it drives is really the USP of the car. We start in a great place as the XF is already the driver's choice in the segment. We've managed to take it on another level with the comfort and refinement now. It starts by making the body stiff, which allows you to get it agile and stiff. Then you can tune it t be comfortable and plush as well. There's nothing to hide with a lack of stiffness in the body."
Improvements in the economic viability of parts and tooling for carbonfibre could see it become a construction tool for architectures in the future, according to Hoban, who added that it currently only makes financial sense for manufacturers to build around 3000 units of a particular vehicle at present.