Motoring News — 23 August 2011
Jaguar Launches 4-cyl Diesel XF

With orders for the new Jaguar XF 2.2d already being taken, and the first cars being prepared to grace British roads in September we take a quick preview of what is likely to become Jaguar’s most important addition to its new generation of cars. It is expected that this most affordable of Jaguars will become the biggest seller with predictions that it will account for around 60 per cent of total XF sales.

The 2.2 litre diesel engine is Jaguar’s most efficient yet. Developing 190 PS and 332 lbs ft of torque the new enging is capable of returning 52.3 mpg on the combined cylcle while emitting just 149 g/km of CO2.

The engine will use the first ‘north-south’ version of the trusty 2.2 litre four cyclinder diesel engine that powers a number of Ford models and the Land Rover Freelander. The new engine features a water-cooled turbo charger, low-friction pistons, new injectors and a new crankshaft. The new configuration also allowed Jaguar to add a new oil pan and new electronics wizardry affecting the crankshaft to allow the intelligent Stop-Start system to operate more efficiently.

This new Jaguar with its sub 150g/km CO2 and £30k entry price is expected to be well received by company car buyers.  The new car will also feature the new updates to both its exterior and interior features in common with other 2012 model year XFs.

One question hangs in the air – is this car still a genuine Jaguar. From what we have seen – the answer is unquestionably YES. From the limousine style quiet smooth ride – no agricultural diesel sounds here, through to the  smooth delivery of power and pace from its eight speed transmission – allowing from quick get aways and effortless motorway cruising. From what we have seen this is going to be a deservedly popular addition to the XF range.

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