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New Jaguar XFR and XK driven

  • New front end redesign is subtle on both models
  • XF will soon get the company car-friendly 2.2-litre diesel
  • XKR-S joins range. New cars to go on sale in September

The big news is that Jaguar will be launching a 2.2-litre diesel to join its XF range, but paving the way for that is a mid-life refresh for both the popular saloon and the XK models.

To be frank, little has changed for both cars. On the XF the big talking point is the fitment of the slimmed-down headlamps that do closely resemble the front lights on the C-XF - the forerunner to the production car.

Of course, there's more to this latest XF refresh than that. The 'all-new' front end gets the new headlamps complete with LED lighting strips but there's a larger, more upright grille. It also has a lower bonnet line, a pronounced, wider power bulge running down the centre, a lower bumper section complete with a trio of airdams that are now intersected by twisted chrome fins.

New vents are mounted to the front wings and, at the rear of the car, the tail-lamps have been redesigned with LED technology, while the units themselves now extend further into the boot lid with a new chrome blade sitting below the Jaguar badge.   

The interior of the XF gets subtle refresh with a restyled steering wheel, revised switchgear for the ventilation systems and all-new colour central and dial-mounted screens. The seats have also been redesigned.

The revised XK, meanwhile, features some fancy new headlights, a larger mesh grille and a pair of small air scoops feeding air to the brakes. There's LED lighting at the rear and the side vent is now horizontal rather than vertical. The interior includes new trim finishes and for the first time, the option of sculpted leather sports seats. The range now includes the outrageous range-topping XKR-S. 

We drove the revised version of the range-topping XFR and the revised XK in droptop form. The XFR has trio of deep airdams dominating the front of the car with a set of cooling vents set into the bonnet either side of the power bulge. New sill extensions run down the side of the car and there are new 20-inch wheels. At the rear the new lights sit above a redesigned bumper complete with a diffuser.

In terms of handling and performance, nothing has changed. The engine sings sweetly and it propels the car with urgency. It you want to get from a standstill to 62mph, it'll get there in a 4.6 seconds. It'll do 155mph and although it's still refined it still accelerates like a brute.

We'll have to wait to see how well the four cylinder 187bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine variant will perform, but with stop/start an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox that'll yield a combine fuel economy of 50mpg and emissions of 149g/km it should make a lot of sense for the company car driver. The new XF will go on sale in September with prices starting at £30,950 for the 2.2-litre diesel engine rising to £65,350 for the XFR.

The XK that we drove was the so-called standard version with the roof down. Again, it's not changed in terms of the driving dynamics but it feels plusher inside. For the full review of the standard XK click here.