Well, there’s at least one diesel-powered Jaguar XF in the U.S. Jaguar revealed today that a 2012 XF 2.2 diesel was shipped to the New World from England, and is now embarking on a 2800-mile, cross-country road trip from New York City to Los Angeles.
While New York to L.A. in seven days is a lifetime compared to Alex Roy’s 31 hour and 4 minute journey in his E39 BMW M5 in 2006, independent drivers David and Alexander Madgwick are going for fuel economy, not speed. The ultimate goal of the Madgwicks’ trip is to prove just how economical the XF 2.2’s 2.2-liter 187-hp and 332 lb-ft of torque diesel four-pot really is. The XF 2.2 is rated at 52.3 combined mpg in Europe, or the American-equivalent of 43.5 combined mpg. Earlier this year, Jaguar drove a similarly stock XF 2.2 816 miles from Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich, United Kingdom factory, to Munich, Germany on one tank.
Since Jaguar’s already proven just how far the XF 2.2 can go, why bring it to the United States? Is there a chance that Jaguar could bring an XF diesel to the U.S.? When asked for comment, Jaguar told us the reasoning for bringing the XF 2.2 to the U.S. was twofold. First, Jaguar wanted to demonstrate its “advanced efficiency technologies.” The second reason? For the journey, “Everyone loves the scenery of [a]cross country U.S. drive. With great expanses, the [drive] across America endures as the quintessential road trip.”
Those interested in following the XF 2.2’s road trip across the U.S. can do so on either Jaguar’s Facebook or Twitter pages. As of this writing, the XF 2.2 is currently in New Jersey. So much for the scenery….