. Todays 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) ?! + + + + + + + + + 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. + + + + + + + + + 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-BMWs) Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle for the earlier S-Type, when he was the head of Fords 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 Autocars 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. + + + + + + + + + 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 Jaguars mechanical integrity be compromised further? + + + + + + + + + Edited with the inclusion of the word further, to placate jagman. We should not have the Jaguarnista falling-out amongst themselves!!