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New Jaguar XF with 2.2 diesel engine

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Today’s issue of Autocar (06JUL11), with its anticipated full road test of the new Jaguar XF with 2.2 diesel engine, will provide the answer to a question I have been reluctant to contemplate - never mind ask!

Jaguar XF with 2.2 diesel engine . . . transverse engine/front wheel drive (FWD), or “north-south” engine/rear wheel drive (RWD) ?!

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The pragmatic engineering solution would be to simply transfer over to the Jaguar XF, all of the existing Freelander transverse engine/all wheel drive (AWD) transmission and mechanical installation.

This particular specification/configuration alone, will apparently set Jaguar on the road to world domination - with all the additional sales it is going to win in the northeast, New England, winters of the USA.

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The then mechanical layout for the less technically proficient two-wheel-drive Jaguar XF 2.2 diesel, would present itself as (again) being a simple transfer over to the Jaguar XF, all of the existing (recently introduced) Freelander transverse engine/front wheel drive (FWD) transmission and mechanical installation.

The prospective owner of a FWD (two-wheel-drive) Jaguar XF 2.2 diesel, is presumably not necessarily going to be aware of the compromises inherent in such a mechanical configuration - when compared to the finely honed RWD chassis that was developed by (ex-BMW’s) Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle for the earlier S-Type, when he was the head of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group. That finely honed RWD chassis was carried-over to the XF - and, in the form of the XFR, is one of the very few “five star” cars to be included in Autocar‘s new-car listings.

However, Jaguar would then have a problem in how to successfully differentiate a FWD (two-wheel-drive) Jaguar XF 2.2 diesel, from the PSA donors’ of the 2.2 diesel engine, the similarly configured large Peugeot and Citroen models.

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The main competitors for the Jaguar XF in the executive market segment - are generally perceived to be the BMW 5 series and Mercedes E-Class. They are both RWD regardless of engine capacity.

Can we rely on Jaguar to do “the-right-thing”, and engineer a 2.2 diesel engine XF, with “north-south” engine/rear wheel drive (RWD) ?

Or, will the legacy of Jaguar’s mechanical integrity be compromised further?

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Edited with the inclusion of the word “further”, to placate “jagman”.

Jaguar's mechanical integrity went down the pan when they adopted MacPherson strut
We should not have the “Jaguar’nista” falling-out amongst themselves!!
 
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Jaguar's mechanical integrity went down the pan when they adopted MacPherson strut
Original edited with the inclusion of the word “further”, to placate “jagman”.

. . . . . Can we rely on Jaguar to do “the-right-thing”, and engineer a 2.2 diesel engine XF, with “north-south” engine/rear wheel drive (RWD) ?

Or, will the legacy of Jaguar’s mechanical integrity be compromised further?
We cannot have the “Jaguar’nista” falling-out amongst themselves!!
 
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TATA an Indian company own Jaguar, so god knows how they have bastardised it.
I was mildly surprised and greatly relieved, that the new British Management (as distinct from ownership), of Jaguar, had been allowed to do “the right thing”, and have a configured a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Jaguar XF 2.2D . . . . as befits a serious competitor in the executive market sector :)

After a pretty exhaustive comparison with a similarly spec’ed BMW, the somewhat Teutonic orientated AUTOCAR magazine, concluded . . . .

AUTOCAR magazine said:
"So even three years on, the Jaguar remains the executive car of choice. Like finding England being expected to win the Ashes, it’s a curious feeling that the world’s best executive car is built in the heart of your homeland. Perhaps this is how it feels to be German, only with more litter and with less efficient trains . . . "
 
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I was mildly surprised and greatly relieved, that the new British Management (as distinct from ownership), of Jaguar, had been allowed to do “the right thing”, and have a configured a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Jaguar XF 2.2D . . . . as befits a serious competitor in the executive market sector :)

After a pretty exhaustive comparison with a similarly spec’ed BMW, the somewhat Teutonic orientated AUTOCAR magazine, concluded . . . .
Ah, British management that has how many "British born" Indians in it? No doubt they now outsource all the parts that make up a jag from tin pot alley in India.


Surley a front wheel drive vehicle is much better....particularly given the weight of the cars and wet roads.
 
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There's just been a program about building the new Jaguar on the discovery channel. I was impressed that they are now a very hi tech company. Shame about the Brummie accents though. Kinda detracts from the glossy robots and stuff. :)
 
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Ah, British management that has how many "British born" Indians in it? No doubt they now outsource all the parts that make up a jag from tin pot alley in India.


Surley a front wheel drive vehicle is much better....particularly given the weight of the cars and wet roads.
Only if you are a girl.
God gave cars four wheels for a reason, the two at the front to steer, the two at the rear to put power though.
Front wheel drive is no good at all.
 
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Ah, British management that has how many "British born" Indians in it? No doubt they now outsource all the parts that make up a jag from tin pot alley in India . . . .
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With moving/talking pictures included . . . .

BBC NEWS Business said:
Jaguar Land Rover announce new UK contracts

Jaguar Land Rover has announced more than £2bn worth of supply contracts to more than 40 companies in the UK for its new Evoque model.

Around 1,500 new recruits are being taken on at the Halewood plant on Merseyside.

Professor David Bailey from Coventry University Business School says production has been 'ramped up' at the three plants in the UK and the market is buying into the 'Britishness' of the brand.

BBC News - Jaguar Land Rover announce new UK contracts
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