The sporty Jaguar XF can — at the option of the buyer — get sportier with a new XFR Speed Pack that adds a number of enhancements to the car’s suspension and styling.
In addition to offering several aerodynamic improvements that include a front aero splitter and rear spoiler, the XFR Speed Pack allows the sports sedan to hit a top speed of 174-mph versus the factory XFR’s 155-mph. To help obtain that top speed, the engine and transmission receive a new calibration.
Top Five Compact Executive Cars You Should Consider
The battle among the world’s premium car brands is as fierce as ever, with plenty of capable cars to choose from. Although , compact executive sedans remain the go-to models for buyers making their first foray into owning a luxury car.
Yes, such cars command a premium price, but know that you’re getting the finest balance of performance, luxury and technology. Without further adieu, here our pick of the top 5 compact executive sedans you should consider.
As far as luxurious elements and elegant appearance are concerned, it’s very evident that Mercedes-Benz has exceeded all expectations with the C-Class sedan, explaining why you see the model everywhere. The C-Class is made for those who appreciate cars with, well, class and don’t mind paying a bit extra for it. The dashboard has a simple yet elegant layout and is arguably much easier to manage than many other executive cars. The Mercedes-Benz C-Classis available at .
Not only is the latest Audi A4 considered one of the best executive sedans on the market, but it is also well-suited for sports-oriented drivers. The car glides through the narrowest and sharpest roads with little trouble, and there really isn’t much more you could ask for from a premium, executive fastback. For something more sleek in appearance, have a look at the Audi A5.
As the new kid on the block, the Jaguar XE has quickly risen to the top of its class in terms of performance. It’s not unusual for drivers to invest in Jaguar models based only appearance and the brand’s reputation — the XE is an attractive saloon inside and out — but they will be taken aback by its class-leading handling and abundant power.
BMW 3 Series
Essentially the face of the premium compact sedan segment, the 3 Series offers adjustable features that enable drivers to make the most of their ride, whether looking for a quiet and smooth experience, or a drive puts a smile on your face. Despite the cost of the BMW 3 Series, its power, ride and exceptional feature balance makes ir a model worth paying for!
Often forgotten in the midst of the big-name contenders, the Infiniti Q50 is Nissan’s successful upmarket brand taking on Europe’s finest. Its high-quality interior, gadget-packed cockpit and roomier cabin are just three reasons why it’s non-obvious choice for those looking for a compact premium sedan.
Do You Want A new Jaguars XK? So Does Jaguar Design Boss
Would you like to see a new Jaguar XK? Well, join the growing line, one that includes Jaguar’s very own design boss Ian Callum.
The XK was dropped from Jaguar’s lineup in 2014 due to slow sales, but there seems to be a strong enough desire for its return.
In an interview with , Callum expressed his frustration at the XK being dropped and a wish to see it return, stating:
“I want a two-seater [the F-Type] and a 2+2. We’re working on something now. There’s nothing approved, but we instigate in design – that’s what we do.”
The 2+2 coupe won’t replace the F-Type but will instead be sold as a larger alternative.
If the new Jaguar XK does get the green light, it would be based on a stretched version of the next-generation F-Type’s platform, allowing seating for four occupants.
It won’t arrive until after 2021 or at least two years after the new F-Type, which is expected to release sometime 2019.
Next-Gen Jaguar F-Type Will Be Electrified
Sports cars aren’t selling well, but Jaguar isn’t giving up on the segment. In fact, the company already has a new F-Type on the drawing board and it will be electric in one way or another.
Jaguar’s design head, Ian Callum, affirmed the iconic British car maker’s commitment to the segment in an interview with , stating:
“We are going to do another range of sports cars eventually. [Sports cars] are not going to go away.”
He also confirmed that the next-generation F-Type will have an electrified powertrain, but didn’t reveal when it will arrive. The British sports car, which was developed to reinvigorate the brand, has only sold 45,000 units worldwide since debuting in 2013, so we imagine Jaguar is in no hurry to get its successor out the door.
Unsurprisingly, it’s a crossover — the new F-Pace — that has quickly become the brand’s best monthly seller. Even so, Callum isn’t worried about sports cars going extinct, adding:
“There are a number of people in the world who think sports cars are finished because SUVs can get around a corner as quick as a sports car can, technology being what it is. But there is something very emotional about a sports car that conveys the ultimate in the sense of performance and design.”
As for what kind of electrified powertrain the next F-Type is expected to have, it will likely be a mild-hybrid setup. Is that something you’re OK with?