The Jaguar XF has been updated for 2019 with a range of RDE2-compliant diesel engines, becoming the first executive saloon to meet upcoming emissions regulation changes.
Although RDE2 compliance won’t become mandatory for manufacturers until January 2021, meeting emissions targets will make the XF saloon and XF Sportbrake estate more appealing to fleet buyers and company car drivers.
The 161bhp and 178bhp rear-wheel-drive diesel variants of both cars now avoid a 4% benefit-in-kind surcharge affecting non-compliant diesel cars in the UK. According to Jaguar, this could result in company car drivers saving up to £2304 over three years, and private buyers saving up to £245 in first-year vehicle excise duty.
Currently, the only other RDE2-compliant cars are from Mercedes-Benz, but they do not include any of its executive models.
“These new diesel engines meet the demanding target, set by the latest European standards, well ahead of schedule,” Jaguar Land Rover UK managing director Rawdon Glover said. “The test results reflect their performance in real-world driving conditions – and Jaguar’s commitment to offering customers outstanding driving dynamics with the lowest cost and impact on the environment.”
The updated XF now has ultra-low rolling resistance tyres. On diesel variants, this reduces CO2 emissions by up to 8g/km.
A smartphone pack, which adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration to the XF’s 10.0in touchscreen, is now standard across all models.
The range has been bolstered with the addition of a Chequered Flag special edition, which adds a sport bumper, boot spoiler, unique badging, black 18in alloy wheels and choice of Yulong White, Santorini Black or Eager Grey colours. Inside, it includes R-Sport leather seats, a Navigation Pro infotainment system and aluminium dashboard trim.
Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum, said both XF models “feature beautiful silhouettes, giving them a dynamic appearance perfectly suited to the Chequered Flag badge”.
The updated XF saloon, available to order now, starts from £34,950, while the XF Sportbrake begins at £37,390.