The current Jaguar range isn't what one would call up-to-date. The newest model the British luxury marque has to offer is the I-Pace, which came out in 2018. That said, some of the models were recently refreshed, namely the XE, F-Type, and more recently, the F-Pace.
Now, another Jaguar model goes under the knife for a facelift. That model is the XF, the automaker's mid-size contender in the luxury market. The current generation has been around since 2015, which makes this five-year-old model due for a bit of a nip and tuck.
From the outside, it doesn't look like Jaguar did much to update the XF for the new decade. However, a closer look reveals a more rounded front bumper. Also, the corner air intakes are larger compared to the pre-facelift models, and the intakes themselves have more rounded corners. Jaguar also redesigned the headlight clusters, and the grille now stands more upright and prominent. There's also a subtle change to the rear, and that's the addition of a diffuser.
The exterior updates can be best described as subtle, but the interior gets a lot more upgrades. New for 2021 is the infotainment system, and it gets upgraded software. The interface has been redesigned for a cleaner look, along with enhanced graphics to bring the system up to date. Speaking of up-to-date, the infotainment system can also be updated over the air, meaning you don't have to wait for the next generation to get the latest tech.
Also new inside is the instrument cluster. The digital display is reorganized and can be customized to the driver's preference. Active noise cancellation is standard in the XF, which should provide a more serene driving, or riding, experience. Last but not least is the Bluetooth system, which can now accommodate two devices at the same time. Other interior tweaks include new door panels, a redesigned electro-mechanical gear selector, and a curved touchscreen.
Aside from cosmetic and software enhancements, the 2021 XF has a new engine under the hood. While most manufacturers are moving away from diesel engines, Jaguar did the opposite for their executive saloon. The new turbodiesel is a 2.0-liter mill with more power and mild-hybrid technology. The diesel-fed XF now makes 204 PS, which is 24 PS more than the outgoing model. Jaguar even claims that the new XF 2.0D gets up to 20.4 kilometers per liter. As for performance, the new diesel can propel the two-ton luxury sedan to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.
Since the XF is available in the Philippines, we can expect this facelifted model to land in the Philippines soon. For now, there is no definite timeline for the ASEAN market since the first to get it will be the European and North American markets. It may make its regional debut next year, likely in Singapore or Thailand. That said, we'd love to see the sharp-looking Sportbrake wagon here in the future.