GROUP TEST XF The second-generation executive class saloon has matured in every way YOU CAN CRUISE IN COMFORT ONE MOMENT, AND DRIVE WITH VERVE THE NEXT. IT’S THAT WONDERFUL DUALITY THAT LINKS ALL THREE CARS 56 j THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE
XJ The full-size luxury saloon’s redesign adds great new features inside and out XE The all-new compact executive brings a new dynamism its rivals can’t match Welcome to the family. Nothing bonds individual entities together more strongly than blood, or in this particular case, engine oil and great design. That Jaguar now has a formidable, closely-related clan of gorgeous cars, in three different market segments, has never been more obvious. The line-up for a group test with a difference is thus: the recently launched XE, the all-new XF and the redesigned XJ. Just one casual glance tells you that these three cars are different, despite each of them carrying the all-important Jaguar DNA. The smallest of the three is the compact executive XE, followed by the all-new XF which fits in the middle of the new range. The luxury class XJ, represented here in long wheelbase guise, is predictably the largest of the cars and much longer than the other two models, although only slightly wider and the same height as the XF. The XJ is the most mature of the three. It’s the genome, if you like, for the two newer cars, but still as fresh and distinctive as ever with its 2016 model year changes including superb interior infotainment, great new exterior front lights and a suite of awesome engines including an uprated 300ps 3.0 V6 turbo diesel. Notice how all three cars, when viewed in profile, share a shoulder line that starts near the ground ahead of the front wheel, then arcs gracefully over the wheelarch and flows the length of the car into the rear. On the XE this shoulder line rises as it spans the length of the car, exaggerated by the low-set front grille. It gives the car a sporty stance – ready to pounce – just like the brand’s four-legged animal namesake. On our new middleweight, the XF, there’s a crisp flick of this line into the boot lid. The overhangs are shorter than on the old XF, but there’s more room inside – especially in the back – and with its aluminium construction it doesn’t just look more svelte, it’s significantly lighter too. On the XJ, that similar line curves delicately downwards before tapering off into the rear light, highlighting the length of the car and its elegance; a detail reinforced by the chrome highlight around the side window. Although the Jaguar grille in its current form was introduced with the original XF, it was the XJ that really showed that Jaguar had the confidence to put it centre stage. The current interpretation makes arguably the biggest statement here, but look closer and you’ll see that the 2016 XJ adopts the latest in lighting technology, with cuboid shapes and light guide accents. The XF’s jewel-like headlights have a blade through them as well, and are an easy way of instantly distinguishing the car from the XE. THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE j 57
THE JAGUAR magazine celebrates the art of performance with exclusive features that inspire sensory excitement, from dynamic driving to seductive design and cutting-edge technology.
Led by an exclusive and insightful interview with unconventional actor and Jaguar campaign star Eva Green, this issue is full of Jaguar spirit. See the Jaguar XE 300 SPORT and XE SV Project 8 unleashed on the volcanic slopes of Sicily, go behind the scenes of setting two world records, look ahead to the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship season debut, learn the secrets of thrill-making from three renowned proponents of the art, and much more.
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| Will your next taxi be a self-driven Jaguar I-PACE?
| What it takes to break a lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife
| The petrolheads racing in Jaguar’s new all-electric race series
| Up close with the latest special edition of the XE and XF: the 300 SPORT
A charged-up drive of the New All-Electric Jaguar I-PACE in Portugal’s Algarve
| The inside line on the creation of the revolutionary I-PACE
| Reinventing a classic: meet the E-type Concept Zero
| Fifty years of the iconic XJ saloon
| Exclusive interview with tennis star Johanna Konta
| Can supercomputers revolutionise art?
The latest issue introduces our new ‘cub’, the E-PACE compact practical sports car, which is already turning heads on the street. As we commit to electrifying every new Jaguar from 2020, we explore how pushing boundaries on track helps develop our sports cars, from writing motorsport history at Le Mans, to taking on the Nürburgring with the extreme XE SV Project 8 and being at the very cutting edge with the FIA Formula E Championship.
In this issue, we introduce a fresh new addition to the Jaguar family with the launch of the E-PACE. F1 racer Romain Grosjean reveals his passion for Jaguar while the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Team give an insight into their preparations. Plus, we get to grips with the fast-paced sport of drone racing and spend a unique day with the XF Sportbrake.
In this issue we return to top level motorsport but not in a conventional way, and by doing so accelerate the development of electric powertrains. In tandem, we introduce our Jaguar I-PACE Concept vehicle - a revolutionary new model available to reserve now for delivery in 2018.
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