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Jag's Audi A6 rival will receive a raft of technological improvements and new look to match the smaller XE
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14 August 2020

Jaguar is readying an extensive mid-life upgrade for its XF range, and we've now seen the Sportbrake variant testing with minimal disguise. 

Following the updated XE and tipped to arrive before similar revisions to the F-Pace SUV in the coming months, the executive car will benefit from design updates along with a raft of technological improvements aimed at restoring its competitive edge to the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6

These new images reveal that the facelift will bring new bumpers at the front and rear, as well as slimmer headlights in line with the recently facelifted F-Type. 

Speaking to Autocar in 2019 at the new XE’s unveiling, senior product planning manager Wayne Darley said the XF was “the next priority”. 

“If you look at when those two cars [XF and F-Pace] went on sale - late 2015 and early 2016 - that gives you a good idea of the timings”. 

The changes will be as significant as the XE (shown below), with evolved exterior looks but significant cabin upgrades, focusing on a substantial boost in perceived quality and new technology features. Like the smaller saloon, the XF is set to adopt features from the I-Pace, including a new secondary central screen for the climate control functions and a new steering wheel. 

Both cars will also join the XE in receiving RDE2-compliant diesel engines, which Darley said required a “huge push” on the engineering side to ensure the XE was the first car in its class to market with the ultra-efficient engines ahead of an emissions regulation change in 2021. 

What remains unclear, however, is whether the XF S will return. The new XE will no longer be available with the supercharged V6 S variant for the rest of its lifecycle, while V6 petrol and diesel versions of the F-Pace and XF are no longer on sale. 

Jaguar Land Rover has released a new inline six-cylinder petrol engine in the Range Rover Sport, but with the XE S axed due to slow sales it remains to be seen whether that engine will return to the larger models. 

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27 February 2019
Would love to see Jaguar get back into motorsport and enter the Btcc with the XE and take on the 3 series.

28 February 2019

Are there any works entries from Audi, BMW, or Mercedes? 

1 October 2019
LucyP wrote:

Are there any works entries from Audi, BMW, or Mercedes? 

 

 

It does not matter if they are factory backed or not, but BMW, Mercedes and Audi are all in the BTCC, With the BMW Team a factory backed team (Tom Oliphant), along with Subaru, Honda, Toyota and Vauxhall

27 February 2019

I’m a big Jaguar fan but the XF which used to be a leader in my view is well behind the latest Merc and Audi on the interior front, hopefully this will give the model a bit more wow factor. In my view Jaguar would be better off being less stingy on the outside details like the alloy wheels. 

27 February 2019

So every time they jam the Velar screen controls into a different car it's a redesign... Hmmmm...

28 February 2019
Adeewuff wrote:

So every time they jam the Velar screen controls into a different car it's a redesign... Hmmmm...

Well it appears to work for VAG,  Virtually ever vehicle from the Polo to the A8 uses or has the option of the "virtual cockpit" digital dashboard, and they nearly all use the same infotainment screen/system.  

28 February 2019

VW are v clever with this. Why design a different set of controls for every car. It's just pointless.

27 February 2019
Should have facelifted the previous generation xf side profile of current car is wrong not premium enough its like a 90s ford taunus long wheel base xe would have been better

28 February 2019

"Jaguar will follow up the recently revealed XE with similarly extensive changes for the XF later this year and F-Pace SUV, due early next year."

You call the minimal tweaks that they applied to the XE 'extensive changes'? OK Lawrence, if you say so.

16 September 2019

If you ever saw the comparison between the old interior and the new one, you'd see what they mean.

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