The biggest question we had after the 2016 Jaguar XF debuted last week was what would power the lighter, lither sedan in the U.S. Well, you’d better like V6s, because that’s all we’re getting for now.
Two versions of the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 will be available when the XF goes on sale later this year: the same 340 HP offered in the outgoing model or a 380 HP, 332 lb-ft tune on the XF S. There’s no 2.0-liter four or 550 HP 5.0-liter V8 on offer, but Jag claims the V6 XF S mated to the standard eight-speed auto ‘box is good for 5.1 seconds in rear-wheel-drive spec and a flat five seconds with AWD.
Instead of a barking engine, owners get a choice of two infotainment systems: an 8-inch screen or the new InControl Touch Pro with a 10.2-inch screen with pinch-to-zoom, fewer physical buttons, and a quad-core processor that might finally alleviate the buggy, jerky performance of Jag’s other systems.
On the safety front, the XF now has a head-up display, forward-collision warning with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and self-parking for both parallel and perpendicular spots. It also identifies and reads speed limit signs using its front cameras.
As for the engines, maybe we’ll get the V8 we crave when Jag finally brings the R out. And we’ve been told that XF will be getting at least some sort of diesel, along with everything else in the Jaguar lineup except the F-Type.
But that’s still at least a few years away.