Determined to prove the (Euro-only, new for 2012) XF 2.2 is the most fuel efficient sedan Jaguar has ever produced, the automaker sent one specimen out in the wild (with independent testers in tow) on an 816-mile journey through four countries. David Madgwick and his navigator, Alexander Madgwick, drove the large cat form from the XF factory in Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, England to Munich, Germany on a single tank of fuel.
The duo faced varying road and traffic conditions, including winding country roads, highways and dense urban traffic, as they made their way through four countries before arriving in Munich. By journey’s end the Jaguar had used a total of 14.32 gallons of diesel fuel – averaging 57 mpg – without refueling.
”The entire development team is very proud of what the new XF 2.2 has achieved – this not only proves the efficiency of the new model but underlines that performance and economy can be combined,” said Andy Whyman, Jaguar’s Chief Program Engineer for the XF, who was on hand to meet Madgwick team when they arrived in Munich.
Not only was the fuel efficient engine able to average 57 mpg, but it also manages to produce 187-hp and a mindboggling 332-lb-ft of torque – enough power to propel the two-ton luxury sedan to 62 miles-per-hour in 8.5 seconds. Certainly not sport-sedan territory but how long did it take the 50-mpg Geo Metro to get up to highway speeds? (We’re sure the few left on the road are still struggling to keep up with highway traffic.) The little diesel that could can also push the big cat to a top speed of 140 mph.
Helping the diesel powerplant (which only produces 149 g/km of CO2) achieve its fuel efficiency is a new eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox combine with Jaguar’s new Stop-Start system.
The XF 2.2 is scheduled to launch in September in Europe, as part of the revised for 2012 XF lineup. Considering the success luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi have had with diesel models in the U.S., do you think Jaguar should offer the diesel XF in the American market?