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Jaguar XF 2.0 Diesel Now Available With All-Wheel-Drive

Jaguar XF 2.0 Diesel now available with all-wheel-drive from £36,350.

All-Wheel-Drive System

The Jaguar XF 2.0 Diesel AWD is the new, all-wheel drive, version of the manufacturer's medium-size, executive, saloon. Its core strength over lesser siblings is that it provides more traction when the road is wet, icy or snowy. It incorporates a torque on-demand system that only sends power to the rear wheels in normal conditions.

Jaguar explained: “Compared to permanent all-wheel drive systems this preserves rear-wheel drive dynamics and agility (and) ensures that steering feel remains uncorrupted”. In other words, the car feels sportier when torque is only sent to the rear.

However, if the vehicle hits (say) a patch of ice and starts to struggle for traction, the system transfers a percentage of power to the front wheels. Jaguar explained: “Control over when torque should be transferred to the front axle (and how much) is determined by Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD)”.

This is: “A highly sophisticated technology designed, developed and calibrated entirely in-house. IDD continuously estimates the friction between the tyres and the road surface, and also how much of the available grip is being exploited at each tyre contact patch.” Jaguar added: “The result is superb composure in even the most adverse weather”.

Adaptive Surface Response

The Jaguar XF 2.0 Diesel AWD has the Adaptive Surface Response system too. Its purpose is to optimise the response of the throttle, transmission and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) to suit the surface. The system is based on Land Rover's Terrain Response technology. Jaguar said it: “Ensures that the vehicle is set up to fully exploit the available traction; improving driver confidence in even the most challenging conditions such as ice covered roads”. 

Engine & Transmission

The Jaguar XF 2.0 Diesel AWD has a 180PS, diesel, engine teamed with 8-speed automatic transmission. It produces 430Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,500rpm. This combination propels motorists to 62mph in 7.9 seconds and top speed is 136mph. Average fuel consumption is 57.7mpg and it emits carbon at the rate of 129g/km.

Manufacturer's Perspective

Kevin Stride, Jaguar Vehicle Line Director for the XE, XF and F-PACE, commented: “The all-new Jaguar XF is already established as the most dynamically rewarding saloon car in the business segment. Now we’re making the performance and traction benefits of all-wheel drive accessible to more customers worldwide by combining the system with our clean, refined and efficient diesel engine”.

Price & Availability

The Jaguar XF 2.0 Diesel AWD costs from £36,350 on the road. In the United Kingdom, it can be ordered now for delivery from spring 2016.