The styling of the finalised production XF varies from that of the C-XF, most notably around the front lights and nose, which incorporates an oval mesh grille harking back to the original XJ of 1968. The boot lid retained the S-Type’s chromed blade to its edge, but also included a “leaper” Jaguar logo as well.
The XF was developed at Jaguar’s Whitley design and development HQ in Coventry and is built in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. During its development the XF was known by its code name X250.
The interior included some unique features such as the air-conditioning vents which are flush-fitting in the dash, rotating open once the engine is started, and a rotating gearshift dial called the JaguarDrive Selector which rises out of the centre console. Another departure from the traditional Jaguar cabin ambiance is the use of pale-blue backlighting to the instruments, switchgear, and around major control panels. Some minor systems, such as the interior lighting, are controlled simply by touching the plastic light covers. The glove compartment also opens to the touch. Unusually the XF has no cloth interior option, with even the most basic model being fully trimmed in leather to even areas that have employed plastic on previous Jaguars. Real wood veneers are available, but have been joined by aluminium trim to create a modern look to the passenger compartment.
The Jaguar XK series (XK, XK8 and XKR) is a series of grand tourer cars produced by British car maker Jaguar since 1996. The series was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show on 5 March 1996. The first generation of the series, the XK8, replaced the XJS, and was available as a coupé and convertible. The XK8 was the first 8-cylinder vehicle produced by Jaguar, when the Jaguar AJ-V8 engine was introduced.
The second generation XK was launched in 2006. The new XK introduced an aluminium monocoque bodyshell, and is available both as a two-door coupé and two-door cabriolet/convertible, with just the engine and associated mechanicals being carried forwarded.
The XK8 (project code X100) was launched in 1996 to replace the XJ-S. Two body styles were produced – a coupé and a convertible. The car was the first in the Jaguar line-up to use Jaguar’s newly developed V8 engine – the AJ-V8. In 1998 the supercharged XKR was added to the range.
The completely new Ian Callum designed XK (project code X150) was unveiled in 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. The XKR has an unlimited top speed of 174 mph, the standard XK has an unlimited top speed of 158 mph.
The Jaguar XF is a mid-size executive car introduced in 2008 to replace the out-going S-Type. In January 2008, the XF was awarded the What Car? ‘Car of the Year’ and ‘Executive Car of the Year’ awards. The XF was also awarded Car of the Year 2008 from What Diesel? magazine. Engines available in the XF are a 3.0 litre V6 diesel or petrol and a 5.0 litre V8 supercharged called the XFR, or naturally aspirated V8 petrol, and—in the US—a 5.0 litre V8, introduced in 2010. From 2011, the 2.2 L diesel engine from the Land Rover Freelander was added to the range as part of a facelift.
A major advance in 2003 with an industry-first aluminium monocoque-chassis (X350).
1997 with V8-power (X308).
Further modifications to the XJ 40 in 1995 produced the X300.
The XJ had a complete redesign for 1986/1987 and became XJ40.
1992 saw the introduction of the mid-engined, twin-turbo XJ220. Designed to compete head-on with the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 supercars, the XJ 220 was powered by a 542 bhp (404 kW; 550 PS) V6 engine. The XJ220 was confirmed the fastest production car in the world at the time after Martin Brundle recorded a speed of 217 mph (349 km/h) on the Nardo track in Italy.
Of the more recent saloons, the most significant is the XJ (1968–), still the definitive Jaguar saloon car for many. From 1968 on, the Series I XJ saw minor changes, first in 1973 (to Series II), 1979 (Series III), a complete redesign for 1986/1987 in XJ40, further modifications in 1995 (X300), in 1997 with V8-power (X308), and a major advance in 2003 with an industry-first aluminium monocoque-chassis (X350). The most luxurious XJ models carried either the Vanden Plas (US) or Daimler (rest of world) nameplates. In 1972 the 12-cylinder engine was introduced in the XJ, while simultaneously being offered in the E Type.