2011 New York: 2012 Jaguar XF, XFR get a sexy refresh

Jaguar featured the US debut of the 2012 Jaguar XF and the Jaguar XFR earlier today at the 2011 New York Auto Show along with several key changes to their current lineup.

The XF’s update includes a revised interior with new front and rear seats and a new color lighting scheme. The revised interior also receives some new tech such as a newer version of the optional 1200W Bowers & Wilkins surround system and a completely revised infotainment system.

On the outside, the 510-hp XFR receives some revised body work that includes subtle changes to the R’s bespoke sporty look as well as the incorporation of the “J-Blade” daytime LED running lights that manufacturers have seemed to rip off from Audi. Either way, the end results XFR just make it even sexier.

2012 Jaguar XF Sedan:

  • New contemporary exterior echoes flagship XJ.
  • Upgraded interior.
  • Upgraded entertainment and navigation technology.
  • XFR receives styling upgrades that further differentiates it from other XF models.

All Photos Copyright © 2011 Nikolina Kostrevski – egmCarTech.

2012 Jaguar XF:

2012 Jaguar XFR:

The 2012 Jaguar XF Sedan – At-A-Glance:

• Design changes bring the Jaguar XF’s exterior in-line with the Jaguar XJ flagship
• Design changes to the XF continue the evolution of the Jaguar design language
• The 510-horsepower Jaguar XFR receives unique, assertive styling treatment. XFR receives styling upgrades that further differentiates it from other XF models
• Bi-function HID xenon headlamps incorporate LED daytime running lights with a distinctive ‘J-Blade’ signature.
• Three front fascia and lower rear valance treatments differentiate between model levels.
• Tail lamps now feature LED lighting for stop, tail, and turn indicator functions.
• Refreshed exterior is complemented by new alloy wheel choices and paint colors.
• Upgraded interior with new seats, instrument panel, and optional 1200W Bowers & Wilkins® premium surround sound system.
• Complete change to the car infotainment system.

XF Design

A sedan with the soul of a Jaguar sports car, the Jaguar XF has won accolades and enthusiastic fans across the globe for its dynamic abilities and dramatic appearance. Advances in lighting technology have allowed the new 2012 Jaguar XF model range to adopt the Jaguar design language introduced on the flagship Jaguar XJ sedan.

Revisions to the grille, hood, and front fenders, which incorporate new triangular side vents, give the car a more muscular appearance. The Jaguar XF Supercharged hood is fitted with louvers featuring the “supercharged” script, further distinguishing the vehicle from the naturally aspirated models. The XFR also receives its own unique styling to underline its performance potential.

The XF headlamps now incorporate bi-function HID xenon technology that allows them to be much slimmer and more compact while maintaining outstanding beam resolution. The lights incorporate LED daytime running lights arranged in a distinctive Jaguar ‘J-Blade’ signature.

The tail lamps have been redesigned and now extend onto the central portion of the trunk lid. These new units are full-LED for stop, tail light and turn signal functions and give the Jaguar XF a distinctive light signature at night. Separating the tail lights is a revised trunk lid trim with a gloss black lower edge for a cleaner appearance. The trunk also features a power latch on all models.

Three new paint colors and an expanded alloy wheels selection ranging from 18″ to 20″ provide the finishing touches to the revised styling.

‘The XF has rightly been recognized as a quintessential Jaguar sedan. It is purposeful yet elegant, with inherent sporting intent in its design. For the latest version we have been able to evolve and enhance that performance character.” – Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar Cars

XF Interior

Whether experienced from the driver or passenger seat, the cabin of the XF is a welcoming and stylish place in which to spend time, using high-end materials in a contemporary manner.

Continuing to feature dramatic ‘surprise and delight’ elements such as the JaguarDrive Selector that rises from the center console and air vents that rotate to their open position when the start button is pressed, the XF interior also receives a comprehensive update.

New seats and interior displays

Revised front and rear seats incorporate a ‘hoop’ design element on the seat and backrest that improves their appearance and support. New color combinations and veneers increase the personalization options available to buyers. All models receive a revision to the color scheme on the center console, dashboard, and steering wheel where buttons and switchgear have a more luxurious soft feel black paint finish, and the ‘Tungsten’ finish is replaced by a more contemporary ‘Aurora’ theme.

The XF incorporates a formidable amount of technology, but in true Jaguar fashion, it is integrated seamlessly into the function of the car. The primary interface is a seven-inch Touch-screen with a new polarizing filter for improved contrast. Additional buttons have been added below the touch-screen to switch instantly between different functions. The graphics palette has been revised, and is based on those in the Jaguar XJ. The instrument cluster information display is now a full-color TFT unit for greater resolution and clarity.

Cutting-edge technology

Three new audio systems are offered on the XF, all of which represent a significant upgrade. Headlining is a 1200W, 17-speaker premium surround sound system from British audio experts Bowers & Wilkins, which offers extraordinary clarity and sound reproduction.

All XF models are specified with a hard-drive based satellite navigation system that incorporates a ‘virtual’ CD changer allowing the owner to transfer 10 CDs at a time into the car’s memory storage and play them as if they were a physical music medium. The system now offers multiple options for connecting portable players; two USB ports, one which can be used for iPod® devices and the other for a USB or other MP3 digital music player, and Bluetooth® connectivity that allows music to be streamed from a smartphone.

The majority of the car’s functions can also be controlled from the driver’s seat by Jaguar’s Interactive Voice functionality, which provides an intuitive interface for hands-free operation.

– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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