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Coventry Motors Inc., the exclusive distributor of  Jaguar cars in the Philippines, recently invited the motoring media for afternoon tea at their new Bonifacio Global City Showroom for the unveiling of the newest refreshed models from Jaguar.

The stylish feline brand has been quiet of late, thanks to the global pandemic plus producing and delivering the newest models to their distant markets. Thankfully the brand is back in full force, showcasing their latest models.
The XF executive sedan and the F-Pace cross-over SUV both receive many cosmetic upgrades and a simplification of the powertrain option available in the local market. Both receive the new redesigned front grill, new front and rear bumpers that accentuate the shape and provide added functionality for more cooling for the various heat exchangers, and new quad-LED headlamps which feature the Double J LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the F-Pace also gets new tail lamps and a tweaked bonnet (hood to you and me) with a more prominent power bulge, a nod to sporty Jaguars of the past that was needed to clear the carburetors or air intake assemblies. 

Inside, both Jaguars get a revised Pivi Pro multimedia infotainment system set on an 11.4 inch high resolution curved glass screen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. 360 degree / around-view cameras are now also included. Wireless charging is also available for the latest generation mobile phones. Interior colors have been refreshed, and Jaguar promises higher-quality interiors with more stylish trims. Chris Ward, president of Coventry Motors Inc., also introduced a new ground-breaking feature fitted to the XF and F-Pace: noise-canceling technology that improves NVH isolation from six to 14 percent, improving overall comfort and refinement inside the Jaguars. Given how bad our roads are, this is indeed a very welcome addition.    

Underneath the skin, both get revised powertrains. The XF sedan gets the excellent Ingenium 2-liter petrol engine featuring direct injection and turbocharging, outputting a healthy 244 horsepower and 365 Newton-Meters of torque driving the rear wheels via a ZF8HP45 automatic transmission.

The F-Pace on the other hand will only be offered for now with an Ingenium 2.0 turbocharged diesel engine coupled with mild-hybrid capabilities to produce a highly efficient 200 horsepower, 20 more than the previous version. Output is delivered to all four wheels via an 8-speed Automatic transmission ZF8 HP75. The MHEV powertrain uses a Belt integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking. This energy is then stored in a separate 48V lithium-ion battery before being intelligently redeployed to assist the engine when accelerating away, as well as delivering a more refined stop/start system.

Aside from the aforementioned exterior, interior and powertrain updates, both Jaguars remain dynamically similar to their previous iterations. Therefore you can expect the same smooth, refined comfort coupled with an engaging, athletic and dynamic driving experience, minus the very stiff and firm ride of its German competitors, a trait all Jaguars are known for.  

Ward hinted that these Jaguars are possibly the last internal combustion engine developed cars from the brand, as the entire automotive industry in Europe, along with Jaguar prepares for a paradigm shift into a fully electrified future starting in 2025. The Jaguar I-Pace was the first all-electric vehicle, and more will follow soon. So, if you’re a fan of Jaguars and love the sound of their internal-combustion engines that add another analog depth of feel, perhaps now is the best time, more than ever, to get one of these cars so you can enjoy them for years to come.  

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