The new 2017 Jaguar XFL is one of the many luxury sedans that is tailored to the demanding tastes of Chinese customers. The Chinese automobile market has become like a princess whose father has promised to offer in marriage to a man who manages to woo her. Similarly, automakers from all over the world are trying to woo the Chinese market with various models. Some are bringing over proven models from other markets, others are crafting new models specific for this country while still others like Jaguar are modifying their existing models to suit this specific market.
The automaker looks to tap into the rapidly growing Chinese automobile market. Jaguar took their already attractive XF saloon which has been quite successful in other markets and extended its length to cater for the unique needs of the Chinese buyers. Most Chinese buyers of luxury SUVs and sedans are business executives who like to be chauffeured around hence the need to extend its length to offer rear passengers a comfortable and luxurious space. The 2017 Jaguar XFL becomes the first “Jaguar” to be built in China.
2017 Jaguar XFL Exterior
As the suffix L suggests in the “XFL”, the model is large than the regular 2016 Jaguar XF. It comes with a 5.6-inch longer wheelbase which stands at 124 inches compared to the standard XF. Coincidentally, this is the same length Mercedes added to their E-Class which is also targeted for the Chinese market. The increase has translated to increased leg and knee room for the rear passengers.
Apart from the length, the XFL basically retains the awesome exterior styling of the XF. The model is instantaneously recognizable as a Jaguar. The increased wheelbase has not compromised the vehicle’s proportions, aggressiveness or sporting elegance.
At the front is the near-vertical grille which flaunts the elegance look common with all Jaguar saloons. The grille is flanked by elegant headlights with LED technology. The headlights are wisely designed to improve the vehicle’s beauty as well as its aerodynamics. The headlights housings feature the signature J-Blade LED DRLs which are unique to Jaguar.
The front also features apertures on the front bumper that help channel more air over the front wheels thus improving the vehicle’s aerodynamics. The hood comes with a power bulge that stretches through to the nose cone as if to show off its powerful engine underneath.
On the sides, you will find chrome inserts on the door handles and chromed sill finishers with a chrome strip that run through the full length of the doors, a feature that differentiates the XFL from the standard XF. Over at the top, Jaguar has extended its panoramic sunroof to help channel more light to the rear of the cabin.
The rear on the other hand features LED taillights with double lines that intersect a roundel which is very awesome particularly under illumination at night. In addition, a chrome signature blade cuts across the trunk lid between the taillight clusters. To complete the awesome look are twin exhaust tips with a chrome finish.
2017 Jaguar XFL Interior
The Cabin of new Jaguar XFL 2017 will be very comfortable, luxurious with ground-breaking technologies synonymous with other jaguar models. The XFL features standard features of the luxurious XF sedan. Though the model can accommodate five passengers, the automaker is optimizing the rear for premium comfort and luxury and as such will only accommodate 4 passengers.
To start with, the four seats are upholstered in perforated Windsor leather and are all power adjustable. The tech-laden cabin is very clean without many buttons. It features a 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster with a 3D mapping system. The vehicle also features the high-tech InControl Touch Pro infotainment system which is managed via a 10.2-inch touch-screen at the. The system features Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 8 devices. There is a 17-speaker premium sound system for audiophile owners. There are also powered side window sunshades.
In most cases, the owner will be chauffeured around while sitting at the back, thus, the rear has been designed to offer optimum levels of comfort than is the case with the standard XF sedan. Legroom increases by 157 mm while knee room has been extended by 116 mm which makes sitting at the rear very comfortable. The rear seats are heated, ventilated and also have a massaging feature.
For entertainment, the automaker has added a rear-seat entertainment package which features a pair of 8.0-inch monitors each mounted on the rear headrests of front seats. There are electronic wireless headphones so that each passenger can listen to their favorite tunes without disturbing others. In addition, there are folding tables for rear passengers to work on which makes the XFL a luxurious mobile office. The mini-office is further improved by a 4-zone climate control system and a cabin air-ionization system which enhance comfort levels.
For the safety of the rear passengers, Jaguar has hooked up the rear with the innovative “Clear Exit detection” system, a new technology that warns the rear passengers about traffic approaching from the rear and helps them disembark from the vehicle before impact.
Buyers will have a choice between three drive-trains. The first engine is a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder petrol engine which is capable of producing 199 hp. The second engine is a tweaked version of the 2.0 L tuned to offer 239 hp. the most potent engine is a turbocharged 3.0 L, V-6 good for 339 hp.
All the three engines are mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission system. All models will be offered with all-wheel drive as standard.
Jaguar didn’t reveal details about the engines performance or their fuel economy. Such details will suffice as the model nears its release in July.
Price and release date
As mentioned above, the model will hit dealerships in July. During its unveiling at the Beijing Auto show, Jaguar didn’t disclose its price. According to rumors, the base model of 2017 Jaguar XFL will start at 450,000 Yuan equivalent to $69,620. The top trim could cost as much as 650,000 Yuan ($100,570)