Drawing on the strengths of the existing 190PS model, an example of which recently crossed the United States averaging 62.9 mpg, the new, lower output derivative of the 2.2-litre engine will mean the XF range now starts at £29,950 OTR.
Despite the lower starting price the new model has an extensive range of standard equipment including suedecloth and leather seats, a touch-screen display, electronic climate control and an advanced 8-speed gearbox complete with automatic Stop-Start technology.
The XF 2.2D 163PS is capable of accelerating from a 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds before reaching a maximum speed of 130 mph. Combined fuel economy is 52.3 mpg and it emits 149 g/km of CO2, putting it in VED band F.The car can now be ordered through Jaguar dealers, who await first deliveries in March.
The XF continues to be a popular choice here in the UK. It has over 80 awards to its name, and was launched in 2008. Since then there have been engineering and other subtle changes. The 2012 XF is the most efficient and best-equipped model yet with a wide variety of derivatives. This includes the super-efficient new 163PS 2.2-litre Diesel model, right up to the rip-snorting XFR, equipped with a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine producing a mighty 510PS.