Jaguar unveils XF R-Sport Black model

Jaguar XF

Jaguar has announced a raft of revisions to its XF executive saloon line-up, including the introduction of a new R-Sport Black model.

The tweaks are aimed at keeping the ageing XF fresh in the face of its German competition, ahead of the debut of an all-new version at the New York motor show in April.

Based on the regular, mid-range R-Sport trim level, R-Sport Black costs £2,100 more, at £38,350, but comes with nearly £9,000 worth of extras, highlights of which include 20-inch black alloy wheels, a full leather interior, electrically operated sports seats and a 770W Meridian sound system.

Customers will have a choice of five paint options, though only one engine: a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, which develops 197bhp.

Jaguar Land Rover managing director Jeremy Hicks said: "The XF combines style, luxury, comfort and the kind of sporty drive that only Jaguars deliver. That's why it has always been popular with customers – and, thanks to the addition of R-Sport Black and our 2015 range enhancements, it now offers even better value for money."

Elsewhere in the XF range, all models now come with the previously optional Winter Comfort and Parking packs as standard, which add choice items such as a heated windscreen and a rear view camera. Cars specified in Portfolio trim and above also get blind spot monitoring as standard.

The revisions to the XF range have also seen the discontinuation of entry-level SE and SE Business trims, as well as Premium Luxury spec. The engine range has also been streamlined, with the 3.0-litre V6 petrol and diesel motors no longer offered, leaving just the 2.2-litre diesel in two states of tune, and the fiery 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8 of the range-topping XF-R.