• Sep 11th 2007 at 8:28AM
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click above image for more live, high-res shots of the Jaguar XF

Immediately after images of the Jaguar XF appeared on the web a few weeks ago, debate began over whether this new sedan will save or sink Ford's feline brand. We've now seen the car in person at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, and we can at least say it earns this year's honor of being the most difficult car to shoot with a camera. We did our best though, despite Jaguar's horrendous lighting. First of all, the surfacing of the Jaguar is very complex, switching between concave and convex frequently, especially up front. The poor lighting did show that the XF loves to play with light, so now we're even more interested in seeing one out in the sun. The rear is still derivative of an Aston Martin, but at least there's good trunk space back there. We sat in the back seat to take pics of the dash, and found leg room to be adequate while the seats were comfy. The dash itself, however, is still one of the best features of the XF, with design purportedly influenced by Apple hardware. It's simple, the buttons are extremely logical and the materials are at least as good as in the more expensive XK. Power for the XF comes from Jaguar's line of 4.2L V8 engines, one naturally aspirated at 300 HP and the other supercharged for 420 HP. No weak V6s here.

Check out our live shots of the Jaguar XF in the gallery below, and take in the official press release from Jaguar after the jump.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      am i the only one who sees 1996 lincoln town car in that dash? that flat panel with the HVAC vents bookending the center audio. that thin sliver of wood that runs along the bottom. replace that sat nav with a 2 din ford radio and voila! it's like you're going to the airport!
      • 8 Years Ago
      It seems like a wonderful car but the front end is extremely disappointing. And the XK came out so well too...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh my, even the S-type looks better to me, at least there the round headlights know that they should be round, not like here. I suppose there were arguments, should we keep the round headlights, or should we go with the ones from the concept car... and and then somebody said "why not combine them! That way we will lose the original very nice shape and at the same time ruin the looks of the concept car." I was really hoping that this model would save jaguar, and one day ford would be regretting that they sold it just before it gor back on its feet, but now i am disappointed and wouldn't care if they sink. They deserve ot after destroying what could have been the most stunning car in its class. And for what? Was it too expensive to make the hood a bit longer and have a larger, more vertical gril, or to use smaller headlights and omit the round bumps at the corners of the hood? They should be punished for that, and i wouldn't say a thing if the concept looked exactly like that...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw the XF in the metal and agree with Autoblog, the photos do not do it justice. This car is beautiful, the only detailing I don't like is the slightly fussy rear end. I will certainly be checking one out in the showrooms when I change my car next year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really love this car and believe it will be what saves Jag. I found those under seat storage bins to be tacky and very unbefitting a car of this caliber, then i scrolled down and saw they actually were from the new dodge cuv. That made for sense.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Er, people who think it's "polarizing" are thinking too highly of this car. People who dislike it think it's boring. And it is--that front end is "okay"... but when contrasted to how nice the concept was, the change is ridiculous. Orange turn signal, giant oval jutting out, smaller grill, larger headlights... everything they did to it destroyed the sportiness that the concept has.

      In person I'm sure it's decent... but decent is not going to save the company, esp when going against the likes of BMW.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The dash itself, however, is still one of the best features of the XF, with design purportedly influenced by Apple hardware."

      I haven't seen any Apple products covered with an acre of burled walnut and cheesy chrome-framed buttons. Sorry, maybe it looks better in person, but every picture I've seen screams '86 Buick Park Avenue to me.

      I certainly want the car to succeed, and maybe that interior will appeal to their target demo, but it mystifies me why you guys are so enthralled it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jaguar you still have time to change the front end to this.


      or you will regret it later....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whoever thought that resurrecting the headlights from the final incarnation of the Ford Escort to put onto a brand new Jag should definitely be terminated immediately
      Lawrence Phoenix
      • 8 Years Ago
      As the new Kia it'd bring down the house..as a Jaguar, Ford's asking price just dipped several million..
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is great that the design is so polarizing! Bodes well for Jaguar. I think it is a stunner, and I bet those of you who see a Subaru or Buick next to this Jag will see that the "similarities" in designs disappear. I want one, but likely won't be able to afford one until some come off lease.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The gear selector is cool, other then that Jaguar sh!t the bed.
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