The first diesel Jaguar XF has arrived in the United States. But it's not destined for a showroom, and it's not headed to a waiting customer. No, Jaguar has slightly more ambitious plans for this particular oil-burning sedan.

The 2.2-liter diesel four will propel this XF on a cross-country journey that will take it from New York to Los Angeles – a trip across eleven states and 2,800 miles – over the course of seven days. The goal is to see how far the car can travel on a single tank of fuel, and follows a similar exercise undertaken in Europe that took another XF diesel across 816 miles from Castle Bromwich in the UK to Munich, Germany, on a single tank, returning an average of 57 miles per gallon.

Observers can track this trip's progress on the company's Facebook page and Twitter feed, and we'll be sure to report on the venture's results once it's reached the Pacific coast. Details in the press release after the jump.
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ELEVEN STATES, 2,800-MILES, SEVEN DAYS: XF 2.2 SETS OUT TO CROSS NORTH AMERICA

At 13:15 GMT today a Jaguar XF 2.2-litre diesel departed New York City with the aim of arriving in Los Angeles, California in seven days time - a journey spanning over 2,800 miles and 11 states.

With independent UK test drivers David and Alexander Madgwick at the wheel, the British-registered XF will cross a continent in order to evaluate just how frugal the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine can be.

A GPS device will be fitted to the car to allow the project to be interactive – the daily progress of the XF as it travels from coast to coast, its average speed and economy can be tracked at either www.facebook.com/Jaguar or www.twitter.com/Jaguar (#XFCoast2Coast). Fresh images will also be posted daily.

A strictly standard car, the XF was shipped from Jaguar's global headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, making it the first diesel Jaguar to enter the USA.

It's not the first time that the new model, on sale now, has embarked on a long-distance trip. Earlier this year an XF 2.2 was driven from the factory at Castle Bromwich to Munich – a distance of 816 miles – on a single tank of diesel and achieved an average of 57 mpg.

The project will test the capabilities of the XF – serving as an engineering exercise to determine the maximum efficiency of the car.

Despite being the most fuel efficient Jaguar ever created, the XF 2.2 produces 190 PS and 332 lbs ft of torque, to allow the XF to accelerate from rest to 60mph in just 8.0-seconds before reaching a top speed of 140mph. The XF 2.2 emits just 149 g/km of CO2.


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      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hypermiling is one thing, but real-world numbers are something else. It might get 57mpg on highway at 60mph with a tailwind, but if it only gets 30mph combined, it still sucks. Good to see that fuel efficiency is taken more seriously though, and congrats to Jag for putting a diesel motor into the car.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Tesla Model S is now out. There's no need for this car.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        "The Tesla Model S is now out." Are you posting from the future?
        russellbgeister
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        and how many are tesla gonna make and is mr musk going to fit chargers to the entire us hwy network i know one fact they wont get to my country so whats the option you tell me??
      StevenG
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they brought it here to just to f*** with us?
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      not even a hint of green
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure they just need to drive it like a suicidal grandma and tailgate some semi traveling at 65mph. The EPA does a pretty good job at estimating actual real world fuel efficiency, their numbers are what matters.
        Peter
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Serious? The EPA numbers are important but not real life (and because they can't reproduce real life they discount the numbers they get to report numbers that seem real life, lets not confuse them). There are many repercussions of this, for one we don't get stop start, because stop start only improves real life economy and reduces idling emissions to near zero but unfortunately not the sticker.
          Nick
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          How does start-stop not affect EPA mileage numbers? If you drive 100 miles through a city with 100 red lights, you're going to burn more fuel on your trip in a car without start-stop.
          Ford Future
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          Highway MPG are a joke, as most "highway" miles are actually city miles as you're stuck in traffic trying to get into or around a city.
          Smith Jim
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Peter
          The EPA test standards are not perfect but the EPA estimates are WAY closer to real world results than other standard tests done in Europe or Japan.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Even the EPA doesn't pretend that their ratings show real-world results. Their ratings are intended to be used as a comparison between vehicles. "EPA tests are designed reflect "typical" driving conditions and driver behavior, but several factors can affect MPG significantly..." "Therefore, the EPA ratings are a useful tool for comparing the fuel economies of different vehicles but may not accurately predict the average MPG you will get." http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/why_differ.shtml
      Felspawn
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are people that like getting 45+ mpg and still want a long range vehicle, whats the point of a electric vehicle if it gets 400 theoretical MPG and yet its range is only "a quarter gallon". I have a friend that just bought a Passat TDI who drives an hour to work and back each day, shes getting 50 MPG consistently on her mostly highway commute. and can go 800miles on a tank. sorry guys but fossil fuels are not dead yet...
      willyk52
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmmm, well. If they went 816 miles on a tank in the UK, i'm going to f guess they will go about that far in on a tanki in the the US, so, i don't think they are going to make the 2800 miles NY to LA. Or did i misunderestimate the MPG ?
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