Jaguar believes that its lighter, smaller XF is the new benchmark for driving dynamics in the large premium segment. “Within Jaguar we were quite clear: the [BMW] 5-series was the one we had to beat dynamically. I think we have,” Vehicle Engineering Manager Jon Darlington told Automotive News Europe.
Jaguar reduced the new XF’s weight by 190kg compared with the previous-generation model through heavy use of aluminum in the sedan’s body shell, which is produced in-house at a new body shop at the company’s factory in Castle Bromwich, England. The XF’s body shell is 75 percent aluminum and 25 percent steel, compared with all steel for the previous XF. The new XF’s floor pan from the rear seats backwards is steel, giving the car a near 50-50 weight-balance ratio, which along with the reduced weight helps improve handling and performance. The doors and trunk lid are also steel.