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 covering 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 a different 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 on the EU cycle.

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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      fetchme1029
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a tease. stop dangling such things in front of our american eyes. so so cruel.
      Tweaker
      • 3 Years Ago
      "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." Is this another one of those 'use oversized British gallons and dazzle those dumb American diesel-whiners with bullshit' statements?
        PJPHughes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        "diesel whiners?" Hmm...47 mpg US is a pretty good number by any account...nothing to whine about here....try that in your gasser. 190 hp and 332 lb/ft of torque and 0-60 in just under 8 secs would satisfy 95 % of drivers and reduce oil consumption substantially. I'm not sure why some people are so negative on diesel...makes no sense to me. My 335d gets close to 40 mpg on the highway (65-70mph), does 5.3 secs to 60, and has the most fun torque curve of any car I've ever driven. The US could use a few more good diesel cars....more than just VW TDIs and Bluetecs...
          dreadcthulhu01
          • 3 Years Ago
          @PJPHughes
          Going diesel typically costs several thousand dollars more than a gasoline engine, and at US fuel prices, that takes a while to pay off. Especially since to pass US emissions laws you need a more complicated control system and/or urea injection, which adds costs, and decreases the diesels MPG. For most cars, its takes somewhere in the 150,000 to 200,000 mile range before the diesel starts saving you any money. Granted, your 335 D is a bit of an exception, and has a fairly short payoff time compared to the 335 i, since it isn't that much more expensive, and the 335 i needs premium gasoline. Of course, the 335 i does have a 35 hp advantage over its diesel counterpart. And if are willing to lose another 35 hp and drop down to a 328 gas model, it is so much cheaper initially that the greater fuel economy would never pay off.
        donnieorama
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        Or, you know, you could just convert the UK cycle to US mpg--or 47 mpg thereabouts.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        "Is this another one of those 'use oversized British gallons and dazzle those dumb American diesel-whiners with bullshit' statements?" No, it's saying that the car gets 57mpg at a steady 56mph. Imperial gallons. That's very much in line with BMW's 2 litre diesel and the (naturally) the Ford/PSA diesels in the Mondeo.
      BriansDome
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice lookin diesel! Love the XF but don't love auto problems. Not sure of its reliability.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BriansDome
        Like the 2.7 and 3.0 diesels also used in the XF, the 2.2 four-pot is a Ford/PSA unit. Absolutely nothing to be concerned about regarding the reliabilities of these engines, they're top-notch.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "Its the jaguar wrapped around these engines that IO'd be concerned with." Jaguars in the 80's were notoriously unreliable, but that was all part of their old-world charm. These days, I know of no such issues, and given the addition 1,000 employees JLR have just hired, it seems to me they're doing rather well.
          rover'd
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Also, Jaguar has had great reliability ratings for the past few years.
      Eta Carinae
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh oh oh......I get it now, to prove a car is sporty you drive it around the ring....and to prove it has good MPG you drive it across American.....lol
      PJPHughes
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder why are they using a RHD car? Why not just use a French or German spec LHD car? Any toll roads must be a royal PITA! :-)
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