Weeks after the debut of the facelifted Jaguar F-Pace, the British luxury automaker has now applied the same minor changes to the 2021 Jaguar XF. Just like the midsize luxury SUV, the new XF also gets a new set of technologies and a new set of powertrains, including a mild-hybrid (MHEV) diesel.
The facelifted XF midsize passenger car is available as both a sedan and wagon called the Sportbrake. Upfront, there’s a new, larger front grille that’s flanked by a pair of slimmer LED headlights with “Double J” daytime running lights. New, sportier bumpers are also added to the XF, along with a new rear bumper and new LED taillights.
Unfortunately, for North American buyers, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake has been discontinued, yet again a victim of growing consumer interest towards SUVs and crossovers. To be fair, though, XF sales in the US were never really as high as rivals like the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with the wagon accounting for 20 percent of an already low overall sales number.
Whereas the exterior design has seen a slight redesign, it’s the interior that receives the most number of changes. As a matter of fact, the dash and door panels are all-new. The main highlight of the 2021 Jaguar XF’s interior is its new 11.4-inch curved glass touch screen that runs Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro operating system. Jaguar claims that the new infotainment system allows drivers to access 90 percent of common tasks from the home screen in just two taps. The vehicle’s electronic architecture, including the 12.3-inch digital gauges, allows support for over-the-air (OTA) updates.
The 2021 Jaguar XF gets a plethora of new inline-4 turbocharged engines. This includes a new diesel MHEV powetrain, which consists of a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine and a 48-volt integrated starter generator that produces 201 hp and 430 Nm of torque. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in 7.6 seconds with this MHEV diesel motor. Those who want gasoline power can choose between two 2.0-liter turbocharged units that produce 246 hp and 365 Nm or 296 hp and 400 Nm. The lower-powered gasoline engine has a zero to 100 kph time of 6.9 seconds while the latter engine is faster by 0.8 seconds. All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Some of the unique convenience and safety features of the 2021 Jaguar XF include the ClearSight digital rear view mirror and a segment-first Active Noise Cancellation. Of course, as with most modern cars, the Jaguar XF can be equipped with a plethora of advanced driver-assist systems ranging from automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, just to name a few.
The 2021 Jaguar XF is already available to order in the UK, while global availability should happen early next year.