Jaguar became one of the Britain’s most prestigious exports, and a mainstay in the luxury car market. It was a wispy notion in the mind of its co-founder, Sir William Lyons. The main imbued his designs with a distinctly artistic flavour, Betraying his own Edwardian underpinnings. His cars had to have a certain dynamism, flair and a touch of the futuristic, that would render them immortal. In an era largely devoid of marketing talk, a Jaguar needed to speak for itself.
Beholding the second-generation Jaguar XF in the metal, It’s clear that Jaguar has striven, for over half a century, to maintain some of those values-though with varying levels of success. With the new XF Jaguar has been wise enough not to overly radicalize the traditional executive sedan form and trade it in for novelty value. So, the changes do remain minimal. That said, even today, with a more homogenous, brand-oriented design philosophy working its way into manufacturer brochures, one can easily trace the XF’s lines to Jaguar grand tourers of yesteryear.
The new XF has, since its birth in 2008, sat squarely in the middle of the brand’s portfolio. Jaguar’s routinely sensational concept designs had already created enough of a buzz to make fans forget about the misguided S-Type the car it replaced and have them gush over what was clearly a new chapter in Jaguar’s story. With design chief Ian Callum he of Aston Martin DB7 and DB9 fame Penning the form, there was very little chance of things going wrong. Callum’s hallowed penmanship had brought with it a brand of aesthetics unknown to the premium mid-size sedan space, swatting away any clinical elements which were wont to find their way to car in the category. Never one to dilute is driving experience, Jaguar Kept things traditionally rear- wheel-driven with an unmistakably predator-like and feline form set to prey upon competitors securely chewing most of the market share.
Here the XF’s in its top spec “portfolio trim, it does cost more than most of its rivals, with a price tag of RS 61.85lakh (ex-showroom,Delhi). And yet, although more understated than before, that roguish Jaguar quality still continues to simmer under the XD’s skin when you pull into a driveway. For, Once the commerce of the day has been done away with, you and this Jag are likely to be to no good.
Engine 2.0,4-Cylinders, Turbo-petrol
Torque 340Nm @ 1,750-2000Rpm
Price RS 61.185 Lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi)