New Jaguar XF Does Plenty to Impress

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A quick glance at the 2016 Jaguar XF and you might think it’s a minor redesign, but Jaguar’s all-new XF uses 83 percent all-new parts compared with the outgoing model. Unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, the exterior revision of the XF reminds me of how the Porsche 911’s styling progresses every redesign; basically, not much, even with significantly reworked mechanicals. 

A pronounced shoulder line gives the XF a defined stance as the accent runs uninterrupted from the front fender, along the profile and then wraps into the rear trunk lid. The outgoing XF uses a similar accent that’s more pronounced this go around, and ties the front and rear together really well. 
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The new multimedia tech is housed inside a decidedly contemporary interior over the outgoing car’s aging insides. The XF no longer has to act as brand’s entry point with the soon-to-be-released compact XE, so Jaguar took the opportunity to spruce up the interior. 
The XF’s overall package is now in a much better place to command the sort of asking price observed with the outgoing model but with substance that will help the XF compete closer with luxury rivals BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. 
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