Jaguar Updates XF For 2017 Adding All-Wheel Drive

The latest Jaguar XF may have only just been released and already, the luxurious executive sedan has been updated for the 2017 model year.

The most important update for the 2017 XF is the availability of an all-wheel drive system. That system is the same as the one from the F-Type AWD and primarily powers the rear-wheels but when required, can funnel differing levels of torque to the front axle. This torque on-demand setup allows for impressive levels of grip and adds to the versatility of the car.

Unlike some of its competitors that offer high-performance all-wheel drive sedans, the XF’s all-wheel drive system can only be mated to the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine pumping out 180 hp. When combined with the marque’s eight-speed automatic transmission, the XF AWD accelerates to 60 mph in a brisk 7.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds slower than the rear-wheel drive model due to the 105 kg of additional weight. Top speed sits at 136 mph.

Also for 2017, the XF is now available with the Jaguar Configurable Dynamics system allowing driver’s to play around with the steering, throttle, transmission and suspension systems to create their perfect ride. While that system is already available in the 2016 XF, it’s been limited to the V6-powered models in the past but is now available across the range.

Models outfitted with the all-wheel drive system can also be optioned with Adaptive Surface Response in place of the normal Rain, Ice and Snow modes.

The new XF range consists of the XF Pure, XF Prestige, XF Portfolio, XF R-Sport and XF S. Beyond the aforementioned 180 hp Ingenium engine, other available engines include a 163 hp 2.0-liter diesel, a 240 hp 2.0-liter petrol, 300 hp 3.0-liter diesel V6, 340 hp 3.0-liter petrol V6 and finally, a supercharged 3.0-liter petrol V6 with 380 hp on tap.

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