Jaguar’s mid-range 4-door sedan is based on JLR’s aluminium intensive architecture that sees its weight go down by a healthy 190kg compared to the outgoing model. The British automaker also claims the car offers better torsional stiffness and a near 50:50 weight distribution for improved handling. Apart from a new structure, the car’s wheelbase is also larger with more room on offer for your head, shoulders and knees.

Depending on the market, the new XF is offered with 2 petrol and 2 diesel engines. The diesels can be paired with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox, while the petrols can only be paired with the autobox. The manual gearbox option is unlikely to be offered in India, but what we will get is a new 2.0-litre diesel engine good for 180PS of power and a 2.0-litre petrol engine that makes 240PS.

Cosmetically, it gets minor updates like a larger front grille, restyled bumpers, LED tail lights and LED headlights. In the cabin, occupants will be welcomed by a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster that can display the navigation interface, a drive mode selector, the ‘InControl Touch Pro’ infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen and sound systems by Meridian.

The all-new XF is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover's Castle Bromwich plant alongside the F-Type and XJ. The car will be launched as a direct import, with local assembly likely to begin at a later stage. Expect prices to start at Rs 50 lakh.