I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the new Jaguar XF, but here in the US we only get to select from among two powertrains, both 4.2L V8s, one with and the other without a supercharger. Over in the home country, XF buyers can also select from a pair of V6 engines running on either gasoline or diesel. The diesel is a twin turbo 2.7L that was originally developed with Peugeot and is built at the Ford diesel factory in Dagenham England. Popular Mechanics had the chance to spend some time with diesel XF and came away impressed in spite of the writer hating the new Jaguar's grille. The diesel V6 puts out 207 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque which is more than enough for the 3,900 lb sedan. With a 0-60 time of a respectable 7.7 seconds it gets a combined EU rating of 31.3 mpg (US). During the test PM driver managed 29.4 mpg (US) which compares very favorably with the 18 mpg I saw with normally aspirated V8 model. Will Jag bring the diesel XF to the US? At this point no one knows. With Tata Motors now holding the purse strings, anything is possible. If the new diesels from Mercedes, and BMW prove popular, its certainly possible.

[Source: Popular Mechanics]


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