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Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has officially launched the new Jaguar XF. Having made its global debut at last year’s New York International Auto Show, the luxury sedan is available here in XF Prestige and XF R-Sport forms.

Like the XE that was launched earlier this year, the XF is built on Jaguar’s new lightweight aluminium-intensive architecture. The car sits in between the sports sedan and the range-topping XJ in the brand’s current sedan offering.

Dimension-wise, the XF measures 4,954 mm in length, 2,091 mm in width and 1,457 mm in height. Its wheelbase is 51 mm longer than before at 2,960 mm, while the weight drops by 190 kg to 1,590 kg. Jaguar says the XF is the most aerodynamic sedan it has ever built, with a drag coefficient of 0.26.

Penned by the same man who designed the XE, it’s clear that the executive saloon draws its styling inspiration from its smaller sibling. The automaker’s trademark grille design is accompanied by a pair of slim headlights, which feature bi-xenon lighting with LED ‘J-blade’ DRLs, while the rear section features F-Type-style tail lights and a twin exhaust layout.

The Prestige comes with a standard bodykit with 17-inch 15-spoke wheels while the R-Sport variant gets its own sporty bodykit complete with 18-inch ‘Helix’ 10-spoke wheels.

Inside, the XF has a similar dashboard layout as that of the XE sedan. There’s a multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel (R-Sport badge added for the XF R-Sport variant), an eight-inch touch display that provides access to Jaguar’s InControl infotainment system, as well as a five-inch instrument panel and an 80-watt sound system.

The Prestige gets perforated Taurus leather seats, while the R-Sport variant offers a combination of leather and mesh fabric, which can be had in six optional colour combinations. Both cars are equipped with a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, but the R-Sport variant gets one with a model-specific badging. The extended wheelbase means the XF boasts 15 mm more legroom, 24 mm more kneeroom and up to 27 mm more headroom in the rear than before.

Both cars are powered by a 2.0-litre turbo inline-four petrol engine packing 240 PS at 5,500 rpm and 340 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm. Power routes to the rear wheels through a torque vectoring system and an eight-speed automatic transmission, which enables the sedan to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in seven seconds flat, before reaching a top speed of 248 km/h.

The XF’s ride and handling are taken care of by an aluminium double front wishbone suspension, matched with an integral link-type suspension at the back. The sedan also has Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and a low-speed cruise control system that helps the car maintain traction called All Surface Progress Control (ASPC).

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On safety, there are six airbags, front parking aid, rear view camera, Emergency Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control, ISOFIX mounts, seat belt reminder, as well as hazard lights under heavy braking.

There are 10 shades to choose from – two standard solid colours and eight optional metallic colours. Buyers may also specify their XF with the available 19- and 20-inch wheels, which come in six designs.

The Jaguar XF Prestige is priced from RM450,000 while the XF R-Sport is from RM460,000 (OTR without insurance). The car comes with Jaguar Care’s five-year warranty, five-year servicing and three-year road side assistance.




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