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Jaguar XF: High-tech detail for 2021 SA release

PRETORIA, South AfrIca – Jaguar SA has released details of the coming Jaguar XF with an ”all-new” cabin, connected and ”future-proof” technology, and two-litre, four-cylinder, Ingenium turbodiesel and petrol engines.

The XF is scheduled for South Africa in early 2021, when prices will be listed.

External features include a new front bumper, larger and lower air intakes, a wider grille with mesh detail, and fender vents – each bearing a Leaper badge. Exterior quad lights are slim and all-LED with auto adjustment according to approaching traffic.

2021 JAGUAR XF. Image: Jaguar

Rear enhancements are said to include a wider bumper and dark tail-light surrounds while R-Dynamic spec, The Corner was told, includes a series of design elements ”for a more performance-focused look” but all units will be available with gloss-black elements.

TACTILE CABIN

Occupants will find the cabin totally revised; all-new connectivity and ”greater serenity” will come with greater focus on the driver: a ”sporty” centre console sweeps up to assorted optional wi-fi devices, a central 29cm curved-glass touchscreen, and a Pivi Pro infotainment system.

”Laser-etched” speaker frets and the metallic rotary dial of the JaguarDrive Control ”epitomise the attention-to-detail”. New door casings from which swing 360-degree grab handles offer easier access and storage for bottles. 

New seats have wider cushioning, massage functions and an embossed Jaguar Leaper features on all standard head restraints and ”advanced technology” is said to ensure the health and well-being of each occupant.

Image: Jaguar

Propulsion will come from either petrol or diesel four-cylinder turbo engines. Here’s the list for South Africa:

DIESEL

147kW/430Nm eight-speed auto rear-wheel drive

PETROL

183kW/365Nm eight-speed a/t, rear-wheel drive

221kW/400Nm eight-speed a/t AWD

Jaguar notes that the new 147kW diesel – 15kW more powerful than its predecessor, can reach 100km/h in 7.6sec.

2021 JAGUAR XF. Image: Jaguar

Petrol customers can choose between 183kW or 221kW versions of the two-litre 
four-cylinder producing 365Nm and 400Nm respectively. The 183kW petrol engine delivers 0-100km/h in 6.9sec, the 221kW XF – AWD only – achieves 100km/h in 6.1sec. 

GETTING CONNECTED…

The 2021 XF, Jaguar says, will have a range of technology to ensure permanent connection through a Pivi Pro infotainment centre whose new larger screen uses a simplified menu whose operation requires only one or two taps.

The driver is faced by a new and configurable 31cm display with full-screen satnav, digital information, various media, a contact list or infotainment details. Each can be displayed on the windscreen and external communication comes through an actual aerial.

Jaguar’s ClearSight rear-view ”mirrior” actually uses a wide-angle rear camera to feed power a high-definition screen where a normal mirror would be – without, however, seeing possible rear passengers.

2021 JAGUAR XF. Image: Jaguar

The car’s admission/ignition key is wearable, rechargeable, incorporates a watch and has a battery life of up to seven days. Other driver/passenger assistance will come from an exit monitor that reports rear-approaching traffic – including bicycles – and distance-aware cruise control.

AND THE SHELL?

Jaguar says its commitment to creating light but strong steel/aluminium vehicles continues with the 2021 XF and customers can choose from S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE specification packs.

2021 JAGUAR XF. Image: Jaguar
2021 JAGUAR XF. Image: Jaguar
I2021 JAGUAR XF. Image: Jaguar

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