December 10, 2023

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The Ultimate Driving Machines

2021 Jaguar XF adds new interior, subtracts six-cylinder, wagon options

Just like the F-Pace, the 2021 Jaguar XF luxury sedan is getting a light refresh for the new model year. Unlike the F-Pace, the XF’s new features are mostly limited to interior and exterior design. And it also loses an engine and body style option.

From the outside, not much has changed with the XF. It has a fresh grille, new LED headlights and taillights, and fender vents with the “Leaper” Jaguar logo. It’s inside where things have really changed. A completely new dashboard design has been added, which looks a lot like the F-Pace’s. It has a full-width air vent motif at the top, and below it are panels with nice stitching and either open-pore or aluminum trim. Whether all this also includes a much-needed improvement in materials quality won’t be known until we test one. 

The focal point is the new 11.4-inch infotainment system screen made of glass with a magnesium frame. Powering it is the latest Pivi operating system with the capability for over-the-air updates. Jaguar has also added a number of standard features including proximity entry, wireless phone charging, active noise cancellation, a surround-view camera system and a 12-speaker Meridian sound system.

While some new features have been added, Jaguar has also removed some options. The XF is now only available with four-cylinder engines, as the supercharged V6 has been discontinued with no direct successor. The base engine is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. It’s available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. A version of this engine making 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque is optional, and it comes only with all-wheel drive.

The other deletion is that of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake wagon, news first reported by CNET Roadshow, and then confirmed by Jaguar. This comes just as two new luxury wagons of its size have been introduced to the market: the Audi A6 Allroad and Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain. However, like the Volvo V90 Cross Country, they’re of the mildly lifted and body-cladded wagon sub-segment, which the XF Sportbrake most definitely was not. The surviving un-cladded, un-lifted wagons in this segment are now the regular E-Class and V90, but the latter can only be special ordered in the United States. 

The XF will go on sale around January. It should also be priced similarly to the current XF, which starts at $52,250.

Update: Jaguar confirmed that the XF Sportbrake has been discontinued for the U.S. Jaguar also told us that the XF will go on sale in January. The text has been updated to reflect this.

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