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Aluminum gives 2016 Jaguar XF a light touch

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The 2016 Jaguar XF has an improved infotainment system
The 2016 Jaguar XF has an improved infotainment system
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The 2016 Jaguar XF rear lamp detail
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The 2016 Jaguar XF rear lamp detail
The 2016 Jaguar XF has improved airflow over the front wheels
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has improved airflow over the front wheels
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The 2016 Jaguar XF variant
The 2016 Jaguar XF is a four-door sedan
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The 2016 Jaguar XF is a four-door sedan
The 2016 Jaguar XF cockpit
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The 2016 Jaguar XF cockpit
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Interior of the Jaguar XF
The 2016 Jaguar XF as a double-wishbone front suspension
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The 2016 Jaguar XF as a double-wishbone front suspension
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has an intregal rear suspension
The 2016 Jaguar XF will be released later this year
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The 2016 Jaguar XF will be released later this year
The 2016 Jaguar XF uses steel and magnesium alloys in addition to aluminum
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The 2016 Jaguar XF uses steel and magnesium alloys in addition to aluminum
The 2016 Jaguar XF has an electronically limited speed
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has an electronically limited speed
The 2016 Jaguar XF features extensive aluminum construction
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The 2016 Jaguar XF features extensive aluminum construction
The 2016 Jaguar XF is 28 percent stiffer
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The 2016 Jaguar XF is 28 percent stiffer
The 2016 Jaguar XF is substantially lighter than its predecessor
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The 2016 Jaguar XF is substantially lighter than its predecessor
The 2016 Jaguar XF was unveiled at this year'ls Newy York International Auto Show
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The 2016 Jaguar XF was unveiled at this year'ls Newy York International Auto Show
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a flatter front
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a flatter front
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has more headroom than prevously
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has pressed body panels
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has aluminum boot and bonnet panels
The 2016 Jaguar XF has an improved infotainment system
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has an improved infotainment system
The 2016 Jaguar XF is the entry level Jaguar
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The 2016 Jaguar XF is the entry level Jaguar
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a driver assistance suite
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a driver assistance suite
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a V6 engine
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a V6 engine
The 2016 Jaguar XF can determine local speed limites and adhere to them
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can determine local speed limites and adhere to them
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a dead reckoning navigation feature
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a dead reckoning navigation feature
The 2016 Jaguar XF can learn local traffic congestion patterns
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can learn local traffic congestion patterns
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a touchscreen interface
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a touchscreen interface
The 2016 Jaguar XF has an 8-speed gearbox
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has an 8-speed gearbox
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a longer wheelbase
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a longer wheelbase
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The 2016 Jaguar XF is more streamlined
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The 2016 Jaguar XF showing rear lines
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The 2016 Jaguar XF showing front scoops
The 2016 Jaguar XF has rear and all-wheel drive
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has rear and all-wheel drive
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a choice of veneers
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a choice of veneers
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a choice of textured aluminum interior trims
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a choice of textured aluminum interior trims
The 2016 Jaguar XF top view
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The 2016 Jaguar XF top view
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The 2016 Jaguar XF rear oblique view
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The 2016 Jaguar XF rear view
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The 2016 Jaguar XF profile
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The 2016 Jaguar XF front view
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The 2016 Jaguar XF seating
The 2016 Jaguar XF has parking assist
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has parking assist
The 2016 Jaguar XF can adapt its suspension to road conditions
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can adapt its suspension to road conditions
The 2016 Jaguar XF has voice control
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has voice control
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has text-to-specch
The 2016 Jaguar XF can be connected remotely
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can be connected remotely
The 2016 Jaguar XF showcases new Jaguar construction strategies
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The 2016 Jaguar XF showcases new Jaguar construction strategies
The 2016 Jaguar XF is lighter than the previous version
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The 2016 Jaguar XF is lighter than the previous version
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a reinforced passenger cage
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a reinforced passenger cage
The 2016 Jaguar XF uses new noise dampening techniques
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The 2016 Jaguar XF uses new noise dampening techniques
The 2016 Jaguar XF can adapt to the daily commute
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can adapt to the daily commute
The 2016 Jaguar XF is a sedan
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The 2016 Jaguar XF is a sedan
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a choice of horsepower
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a choice of horsepower
The 2016 Jaguar XF uses a meat-activated sound dampening foam
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The 2016 Jaguar XF uses a meat-activated sound dampening foam
The 2016 Jaguar XF is a four door
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The 2016 Jaguar XF is a four door
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a rear seat configured for loading cargo
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a rear seat configured for loading cargo
The 2016 Jaguar XF can connect to a smartphone
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can connect to a smartphone
The 2016 Jaguar XF has an optional front-facing camera
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has an optional front-facing camera
The 2016 Jaguar XF as a coupe profile
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The 2016 Jaguar XF as a coupe profile
The 2016 Jaguar XF instrument detail
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The 2016 Jaguar XF instrument detail
The 2016 Jaguar XF showing dual exhausts
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The 2016 Jaguar XF showing dual exhausts
The 2016 Jaguar XF navigation display
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The 2016 Jaguar XF navigation display
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has 3D navigation images
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The 2016 Jaguar XF route preview
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The 2016 Jaguar XF oblique rendering
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The 2016 Jaguar XF profile rendering
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The 2016 Jaguar XF front rendering
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The 2016 Jaguar XF sketch
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The 2016 Jaguar XF door design
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The 2016 Jaguar XF sketch
The 2016 Jaguar XF infotainment interface
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The 2016 Jaguar XF infotainment interface
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The 2016 Jaguar XF touchscreen interface
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The 2016 Jaguar XF sketch
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The 2016 Jaguar XF status screen
The 2016 Jaguar XF entertainment and weather alerts
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The 2016 Jaguar XF entertainment and weather alerts
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The 2016 Jaguar XF sketch
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The 2016 Jaguar XF infographic
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The 2016 Jaguar XF infographic
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The 2016 Jaguar XF frame
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The 2016 Jaguar XF infographic
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The 2016 Jaguar XF frame
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The 2016 Jaguar XF construction top view
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The 2016 Jaguar XF interior view
The 2016 Jaguar XF has rack and pinion steering
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has rack and pinion steering
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a variable suspension damper
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The 2016 Jaguar XF minimizes seams
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The 2016 Jaguar XF door details
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a respectable acceleration
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The 2016 Jaguar XF oblique view
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The 2016 Jaguar XF top view
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The 2016 Jaguar XF profile
The 2016 Jaguar XF has improved aerodynamics
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has improved aerodynamics
The 2016 Jaguar XF will be relesed in the US
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The 2016 Jaguar XF will be relesed in the US
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a long bonnet
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a long bonnet
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The 2016 Jaguar XF tweaks the basic style
The 2016 Jaguar XF has lower overhangs
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has lower overhangs
The 2016 Jaguar XF uses a special alumium alloy
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The 2016 Jaguar XF uses a special alumium alloy
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The 2016 Jaguar XF on the road
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The 2016 Jaguar XF cockpit view
The 2016 Jaguar XF has an optional head-up display
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has an optional head-up display
The 2016 Jaguar XF can be started remotely
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can be started remotely
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can be locked remotely
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can be unlocked remotely
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can be located using its app
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The 2016 Jaguar XF app provides car data
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can send an alert in a collision
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The 2016 Jaguar XF can send an alert if stolen
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a stiffer chassis
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has a stiffer chassis
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The 2016 Jaguar XF side vent
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The 2016 Jaguar XF showing air scoops
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The 2016 Jaguar XF showing rear profile
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The 2016 Jaguar XF console
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The 2016 Jaguar XF color option
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has improved performance
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The 2016 Jaguar XF has improved handling
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The 2016 Jaguar XF showing redesigned pillar
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The 2016 Jaguar XF variants
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The 2016 Jaguar XF at home
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The 2016 Jaguar XF profile

Jaguar debuted its 2016 XF at the 2015 New York International Auto Show this week, with the premium automaker using the second generation of the four-door luxury sedan to showcase the marque's emphasis on the use of aluminum. When the car launches at the end of the year, Jaguar says all its current and future models models will feature lightweight aluminum construction.

From the outside, the 2016 Jaguar XF looks like a simple evolution of the previous generation. It's a bit sleeker and has some nice lines on the front that draw attention to the LED headlamps and balances out the power bulge, but on the whole, Jaguar has succeeded in producing an XF with a more streamlined, coupé-like profile.

According to the company, the XF, which comes in both rear and all-wheel drive, has a longer wheelbase, is more aerodynamic thanks to vents in the front bumper to channel air over the front wheels, and the roof and bonnet are designed for reduced drag. In addition, the front end is more vertical for better airflow, and there's a shorter front overhang.

The 2016 Jaguar XF has a driver assistance suite
The 2016 Jaguar XF has a driver assistance suite

But the real highlight of the 2016 Jaguar XF is underneath the styling and enamel. With the XF, Jaguar is moving toward a greater emphasis on aluminum construction, which result in weight savings of up to 265 lb (120 kg) compared to the previous model. Built using a two-stage framing process, the aluminum-intensive construction is combined with advanced high-strength steels and magnesium alloys for the front-end carrier and cross-car beam.

Jaguar says that body sides are made of one-piece aluminum pressings of high-strength 6000-series alloy and weigh under 13.2 lbs (6 kg). This makes them 28 percent stiffer than those on the predecessor and does away with the joins. Throughout the car, aluminum alloys, self-piercing rivets, and structural adhesives enhance performance, and aluminum is also used in the bonnet and wings.

The 2016 Jaguar XF cockpit view
The 2016 Jaguar XF cockpit view

For greater rigidity and stability in the passenger cabin, the rear longitudinal members and the B-pillar reinforcements are made of ultra-high strength hot-formed boron steel. Meanwhile, sound deadening is improved using a new analysis technique combined with a special heat-expanding foam.

The XF comes with a four-valve direct injection supercharged 3-liter V6 with twin-vortex supercharger available in either 340 or 380 bhp ( 253 to 283 kW) units backed up by a 8-speed ZF gearbox with gear shift and flappy paddles. The all-wheel drive version has a multi-plate wet clutch that diverts the torque to the front axle by way of a chain drive. It also uses the Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR) system, which automatically adjusts the steering, throttle, transmission, and stability control systems to current road conditions.

Put all this together and the XF does 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a respectable 5.3 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The 2016 Jaguar XF front view
The 2016 Jaguar XF front view

Keeping with the new construction paradigm, the 2016 Jaguar XF has high-pressure die-cast aluminum double-wishbone front suspension towers for greater local stiffness, and an integral link rear suspension system. The car's lighter weight allows for lighter springs made from narrower-gauge steel, and low-friction, PTFE-lined bushes for the tubular anti-roll bar. In addition, there's electromechanical power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering.

The interior of the XF is marked by the instrument panel lavished with veneers, including Gloss Figured Ebony, and textured aluminum trim. Along with extra headroom are fluted Windsor leather seats, and the rear bench has a 40:20:40 split for better cargo loading.

The XF also boasts a suite of driver assistance features, such as Electric Power-Assisted Steering, which damps the effects of road surface irregularities and features an algorithm that compensates for changes in ambient temperature. Meanwhile, a Passive Damping and Adaptive Dynamics system varies the damping force not only as a function of the velocity the damper piston is moving at, but also its frequency. This has a bypass valve for smoother city driving that doesn't require such aggressive damping. The valve is fully open at low speeds, closing to force all the fluid through the piston and increase damping force as speed increases.

In addition, there's Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), and the Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) system that uses a stereo camera to read road signs and advise the driver of the speed limits. Jaguar says that it can cross-reference with the GPS and, along with the Intelligent Speed Limiter, automatically slow or accelerate the car to match the limit.

The 2016 Jaguar XF infotainment interface
The 2016 Jaguar XF infotainment interface

Buyers also get to choose from two different infotainment systems. There's the standard InControl Touch based around an 8-in capacitive touchscreen, with a new Jaguar user interface that supports smartphone-like gestures. Among other functions, it features voice control, and text-to-voice for incoming SMS messages.

Jaguar also puts a great deal of stock in the XF's InControl Touch infotainment system, which uses a 8-in capacitive touchscreen and an intuitive proprietary interface similar to that of a smartphone. Among other functions, it features voice control, and text-to-voice for incoming SMS messages.

Also making its debut in the XF is the InControl Touch Pro, which is powered by a quad-core processor and boasts a 10.2-in touchscreen that allows users to set any image as their wallpaper. The system's map data is stored on a solid-state drive (SSD) to improve access times, with the position of the vehicle able to be accurately calculated even when GPS signals can't be received, thanks to dead-reckoning functionality that interprets vehicle data up to 40 times a second. The system's various modules as connected Ethernet, which Jaguar says will ensure it can be easily updated in the future.

For the connected market, the XF links to the Jaguar InControl Remote smartphone app, which can remotely start the engine, lock and unlock the doors, monitor vehicle data, receive alarms, and help locate the car when parked. It can also send an alert to emergency services in the event of a collision, and help find the car if it's stolen.

The 2016 Jaguar XF will launch in the US later this year with a price starting at US$44,000.

The video below shows the 2016 Jaguar XF demonstrating its lightness by crossing the Thames on a wire.

Source: Jaguar

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2 comments
Dave Boudreau
Plastic engine parts cause leaks, they just warp too much. they hold heat, and change state with age, time, and heat.
Don Duncan
One more car that's "more aerodynamic" and "lighter"? Cut the hype and give me the drag coefficient and curb weight. No mpg? Why not? I'm pay this amount for a Tesla in 2017. I can wait.