With the introduction of the XF lineup a few years ago—and reverberated by the new full-size XJ sedan last year—Jaguar has made a clean break from the overtly traditional shapes of the past, moving from ornate to rakish. Now for , Jaguar has given the XF what amounts to a mid-cycle refresh, gently finessing the design to more closely resemble the original C-XF design concept that had inspired it—as well as the flagship XJ sedan. Fortunately, Jaguar has kept to a light retouch of the XF; the sedan already stood out as an instant classic, with all its catlike curves and classic sport-sedan proportions. A revised front-end look, with a larger, more upright grille, slim headlights alongside light strips, and a lower hoodline with a power bulge give the XF a wide-looking, more purposeful stance, while tail lamps get LED lighting and a new chrome blade. Inside, the XF still looks like its design spirit is in line with a chic London hotel; thankfully, Jaguar has only added a new steering wheel, new nav and infotainment screens, redesigned seats, and a few new trim pieces.
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The Jaguar XF serves as the automaker's volume seller, since the current American lineup lacks an entry-level C-segment vehicle. Introduced in , the XF replaced the S-Type and has since been a display of Jaguar's new design language. The Jaguar XF improves on the striking sheetmetal with a number of updates -- mostly up front -- that mimic the flagship XJ sedan.