The British luxury automaker has decided a subtle update is in order for the 2017 XF, which is ready to reach dealerships later this year complete with a practical all-wheel drive system.
The refreshed mid cycle facelifted XF has reached us less than a year ago and the automaker is already looking into enhancing it – albeit the technical modifications hardly call for the moniker. Nevertheless, the main novelty here is the addition of the all-wheel drive system that makes use of the F-Type AWD sports coupe technology. For starters, the AWD option will only be offered to buyers of the 2.0-liter diesel engine that comes with 180 horsepower and has been mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the assembly good enough to run the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds on its way to the rated maximum speed of 136 mph.
The all-wheel drive mechanism in itself will add 231 pounds and is a rear-wheel drive biased system – when these start losing the grip the automatic mind will also deliver power to the front wheels for improved stability compared to the regular RWD model. For the 2017 model year Jaguar has also added a new Jaguar Configurable Dynamics system that is available across the entire lineup and brings a level of customization to the steering, throttle, transmission, and suspension settings – previously the JCD mode was available only for buyers of the V6 versions. The model has not made any other changes to the engine roster and the 2017 XF can be had with power levels ranging between 163 and 380 hp.