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.