Perhaps the biggest indication yet that Jaguar may finally be readying its ultra-frugal XF 2.2 Diesel for sale in the U.S. has come this week, with the British luxury brand announcing that one of the oil-burning sedans has embarked on a cross country tour.
This white, British-registered and right-hand drive Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel departed New York City yesterday with the aim of arriving in Los Angeles, California in seven days’ time--a journey spanning over 2,800 miles and 11 states.
Alternating behind the wheel will be British brothers David and Alexander Madgwick, the same pair that recently drove the car over 816 miles across Europe
on a single tank. For their latest U.S. journey, however, a GPS tracking device fitted to the car will relay back information for live updates on Jaguar’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (www.facebook.com/Jaguar or www.twitter.com/Jaguar).
A strictly standard car, the XF 2.2 Diesel was shipped from Jaguar's global headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, making it the first diesel Jaguar to enter the U.S., officially at least.
Jaguar states that the latest project is being run to test the capabilities of the XF, including determining the maximum efficiency of the car. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be a marketing ploy to drum up excitement or least gain feedback for a potential launch of the diesel XF in U.S. showrooms.
As its name suggests, the Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel is powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine rated at 190 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. Further improving efficiency, the new 2.2-litre engine is linked to ZF’s latest eight-speed automatic gearbox and an engine stop-start system--the first time such a device has been fitted to a Jaguar. Mileage on the European combined cycle is 52.2 mpg, which is rather impressive when you consider the XF is a reasonably sized luxury sedan able to dish off 0-60 times in the eight seconds bracket and top out at 140 mph.
Stay tuned as the British pair make their journey across the U.S., but in the meantime read up on the 2012 Jaguar XF lineup already on sale by clicking here