Jaguar‘s revamped 2021 XF auto is the alone one larboard of its affectionate in the automaker’s SUV-heavy lineup. Demand for Jaguar’s three sedans has waned back the British automaker alien a leash of new crossovers over the aftermost four years. To accession the midsize sedan’s appeal, the XF takes centermost date with lower prices, added accepted accessories and a adapted autogenous with all-new infotainment software.
With the bunched XE and full-size XJ sedans accedence out for 2020—an all-new XJ is debuting anon as an all-electric flagship—the XF continues into 2021 with alone four-cylinder engines. It’s additionally ditching the Sportbrake wagon variant.
The abandoned aperture larboard by the entry-level XE leaves Jaguar an befalling to comedy up the XF’s value. Prices alpha at $43,995, a $7,105 bead from the 2020 model, and beneath trims are on offer. The P250 S and SE accept the 2.0-liter turbo inline-four agent with 247 horsepower, while the P300 R-Dynamic SE has a college tune of the aforementioned agent with 296 application and accepted all-wheel drive. Rear-wheel drive is accepted on the P250 and all-wheel drive is optional. Both engines use an eight-speed automated transmission.
It is black that Jaguar’s 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is gone. Buyers may be, too, as all of the primary XF competitors–Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6–use able six-cylinder engines in accession to their abject turbo fours.
To compensate, the XF brings 12-speaker Meridian stereo with SiriusXM, adjacency entry, wireless buzz charging, 12-way ability acrimonious advanced seats, dark atom warning, surround-view cameras, LED headlamps and alive babble abandoning as standard. Leather replaces Luxtec (Jaguar’s adaptation of vinyl) and both a power-closing block and across-the-board moonroof appear aboard.
Nearly aggregate central the 2021 XF is brand-new. Softer-touch materials, added bench cushions, a new council caster with backlit buttons and open-pore dupe are amid the highlights. Some of the XF’s theatrics accept larboard the stage, such as the power-rising accessory selector and power-swiveling air vents. In their abode is an 11.4-inch arced touchscreen with a new interface alleged Pivi that Jaguar claims is sharper, faster and added intuitive.
Opting for the P250 SE adds Pivi Pro, which uses two SIM cards to acceleration up abstracts transfers so that the system, for example, can amend its software after affecting added data-intensive appearance such as alive traffic. The aeronautics can apprentice approved routes on the go and the agenda will acceptation accessories from Google or Microsoft. The agenda apparatus console additionally has an adapted interface.
The XF’s grille is even to the anatomy and new headlights appearance accompanying “J-blade” LED active lights, administration cues that additionally can be begin on the 2021 F-Pace SUV. The rear bonanza has a beginning architecture and the auto are new. Added than these changes, it’d be adamantine to analyze a 2021 XF from a 2017 model. Owners who appetite added performance—and admittedly, there won’t be abundant after the six-cylinder engine—can adjustment adaptive dampers with red anchor calipers as allotment of the Dynamic Handling Pack.
Will downgraded achievement amount back the XF delivers upgraded tech and comfort? Jaguar thinks it shouldn’t. However, an all-new archetypal should accompany the amalgam turbo engines begin on the newest Land Rover models.
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