Jaguar's current styling language alienated some who were enamored with the previous classical design, while others (ourselves included) greeted the more avant-garde approach as a much-needed breath of fresh air. To enhance Jag's new design, the automaker has just released this Black Pack appearance kit for the XF sedan, and might we say, meow.
Following the success of a similar package – launched alongside the Speed Pack – on the XKR, Jaguar's Black Pack brings anthracite-finish 20-inch alloys and glossy black trim to replace the chrome around the windows and grille. Small tweaks, yes, but even these slight adjustments give an already-pretty sedan some extra touches of hotness.
Jaguar has yet to announce if this treatment will be available on North American-spec XFs, as the Black Pack is currently only available in Europe. This appearance package can only be had on white, black, grey, silver or blue models across the XF range, plus the shades of blue and red exclusive to the XFR. Buyers of the less aggressive models, however, can also opt for the XF Aerodynamic Pack that ports over some of the XFR's more sporty aero bits. Check it out up close in the high-res image gallery below and read the full details in the press release after the jump.
BLACK PACK DELIVERS BOLD NEW LOOK FOR JAGUAR XF
Jaguar's highly successful XF sports saloon is now available with a dramatic new appearance pack for customers who want their Jaguar to make an even stronger visual impact.
The exclusive new Black Pack brings an added sense of power and purpose to the sought-after XF range, and follows closely in the wheel tracks of a similar option on the XK sports car which has aroused huge interest since its launch earlier in 2010.
Featuring menacing dark-grey 20-inch Draco alloy wheels with diamond turned rims, a gloss black grille and gloss black window surrounds, the XF Black Pack is available on XF Diesel S, the 5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and XFR models, with prices starting at £950.
"The Black Pack gives the XF a highly distinctive, very modern and a slightly edgy appearance," said Geoff Cousins, Managing Director, Jaguar UK. "Since the Black Pack and Speed Pack were launched on the XKR sports car at the Geneva Motor Show, almost half of XKR coupe buyers have selected one or both options – double our original estimate – and we expect the Black Pack will generate just as much excitement amongst XF customers."
To provide added exclusivity and to maximise the visual impact, XF Black Pack vehicles can only be specified with a special colour palette chosen by Jaguar designers, including Polaris White, Spectrum Blue, Ultimate Black, Stratus Grey, Lunar Grey and Liquid Silver, plus Kyanite Blue and Salsa Red which are colours unique to the XFR.
For an even more dramatic effect, the Black Pack can be combined with the XF Aerodynamic Pack which was launched on XF Diesel S earlier in 2010. This pack includes a re-profiled front bumper, striking black mesh inserts for the grille and lower air intakes and the muscular side sills from the XFR.
Extending the XF Success Story
The expanding choice of exciting personalisation options is generating even more interest in the XF range, which has now sold more than 100,000 units worldwide since its launch in 2008, as well as receiving more than 60 international awards.
"The XF continues to attract new customers to the Jaguar brand, and with these distinctive new personalisation packs extending the appeal of the range, we are confident that the success story will continue," added Geoff Cousins.