The cat in its new avatar – the 2009 Jaguar XF is as majestic as it can be. Designed as a rival to the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class, the XF dons a more sporty look with a lower roofline and a more aggressive stance. It comes standard with fender vents and a bulging hood that add to this perception. Replacing the aging S-Type early next year, the XF is based on the C-XF Concept car, with considerably less dramatic headlights and a tamer exterior. Powering the ride is a naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 and a supercharged 4.2-liter V8, making 300 horsepower and 420 horsepower, respectively. The Supercharged version will hit 0-60mph in an estimated 5.1 seconds, while the other versions will trail behind the tarmac at 6.2 seconds. Roughly five inches longer than the old S-Type, the 195-inch XF provides ample room for five adults, despite its coupe-like roof. U.S people can opt for an XF with 18, 19 or 20-inch wheels. The Supercharged is the only car in its class to have 20-inch wheels as standard. One unique feature that made its way from the concept to the production XF is the JaguarDrive Selector. It features a rotary shift interface unlike anything else currently on showroom floors. The device rises into the palm of the hand when the car is turned on and can be rotated to select park, reverse, neutral, drive, and sequential mode.
Three trim levels will be offered in the U.S. market: Luxury ($49,975), Premium Luxury ($55,975) and Supercharged ($62,975) levels.