XF saloon and Sportbrake bolstered with RDE2-compliant engines, plus a Chequered Flag special edition
Tom Morgan, deputy digital editor
29 January 2019

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.

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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.

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29 January 2019

  At least they are trying, and a base price just under £35K.....!

Peter Cavellini.

29 January 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

  At least they are trying, and a base price just under £35K.....!

They are indeed and the RDE compliance is welcome, although they had a big deficit to catch up on emissions, not sure if it will be enough.Also "The updated XF now has ultra-low rolling resistance tyres" which is fair enough but to remain compliant you may be restricted to fitting OEM tyres in future, these can sometimes be in short supply when you most need them causing forced off road time.

29 January 2019

Externally looks as good as any premium German offering especially when viewed against the A6. Internally looks good too with the exception of my minor pet hate, Certral screen BELOW the air vents! GRRRR

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

29 January 2019

Very odd to name a black colour after an island where all the buildings are painted white.

Citroëniste.

29 January 2019

Of stirring the pot here.

WHAT are Jaguar doing introducing new DIESEL engines?

I had to re-read the article before I believed it. These cars will be worth approximately zero on the used market, if JLR manage to sell any in the first place. The apparently low purchase price makes sense in this context: it’s JLR dumping undesirable dirty diesels (don’t believe the hype about new tech. Just watch the tailpipe when they’re a few years old)

Thia car deserves a decent petrol/electric hybrid engine and its absence is a disgrace.

Robbo

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

29 January 2019
Aussierob wrote:

Of stirring the pot here.

WHAT are Jaguar doing introducing new DIESEL engines?

I had to re-read the article before I believed it. These cars will be worth approximately zero on the used market, if JLR manage to sell any in the first place. The apparently low purchase price makes sense in this context: it’s JLR dumping undesirable dirty diesels (don’t believe the hype about new tech. Just watch the tailpipe when they’re a few years old)

Thia car deserves a decent petrol/electric hybrid engine and its absence is a disgrace.

Robbo

You're right. It seems utterly baffling. The only thing I can put it down to is that they have nothing in the immediate pipeline so are having to try and keep the diesels as competitive as possible.

typos1 - Just can't invert the ionic phase in the thrust margin of the containment field.

FMS

29 January 2019
Aussierob wrote:

Of stirring the pot here.

WHAT are Jaguar doing introducing new DIESEL engines?

I had to re-read the article before I believed it. These cars will be worth approximately zero on the used market, if JLR manage to sell any in the first place. The apparently low purchase price makes sense in this context: it’s JLR dumping undesirable dirty diesels (don’t believe the hype about new tech. Just watch the tailpipe when they’re a few years old)

Thia car deserves a decent petrol/electric hybrid engine and its absence is a disgrace.

Robbo

 

Pom pom nonsense...there are very many high annual mileage drivers, mostly company car drivers, whose fleet managers will ONLY consider cars whose whole life costs are containable...clean diesel engined cars FIT THIS BILL. Those who have not kept abreast of improved diesel engine technology (READ UP ON EMISSIONS ANALYTICS, BEFORE YOU EXPLODE YOUR SMALL MIND) and who continue to post, based on out dated knowledge, WILL be REBUKED and CORRECTED. Reply and do your very best to rationalise your indefensible position, while read and laugh. "Worth zero...sell any"...you should stay on the beach...all that surfing has waterlogged your thinking. The only disgrace is your silly billy post :).

29 January 2019
Aussierob wrote:

 

WHAT are Jaguar doing introducing new DIESEL engines?

 

Because people buy them?

29 January 2019

R2D2.....

Steam cars are due a revival.

29 January 2019
"Our cars aren't selling well. What do we do?"

"Errr.... How about taking our two weakest models, doing the best part of jack shit to them and take an existing trim level and rename it Chequered Flag?"

"Sounds good. How about a special badge?"

"There's a nice GIF image in Microsoft Office clipart. We could also that on a black background?"

"Brilliant. Make it so."

"Thanks Captain."

typos1 - Just can't invert the ionic phase in the thrust margin of the containment field.

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