European luxury brands take opportunity to introduce its latest vehicles at 2015 New York Auto Show. The executive sedan from Jag, Special Vehicle from Land Rover, a new name for facelift Mercedes M-Class crash the auto show floor.
Jaguar takes evolutionary step when developed the second generation of XF. The result is an executive car that is looked sportier than its predecessor. Unfortunately, Ian Callum didn’t do much when designed the latest XF. Because it looks like its smaller sister, XE. Its headlights are almost the same with XE, but it’s slimmer. The black honeycomb grille is bigger than the XE. But the sculpted lines on the hood are completely the same. At the rear, we can see the LED taillights that inspired by latest F-Type.
2016 Jaguar XF dimension is 7mm shorter and 3mm lower than the previous generation. But its wheelbase increase 51mm to improve legroom, knee room, and headroom for rear passenger. The Mercedes E-Class rival features Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and Jaguar Configurable Dynamics system that enables driver to set its damper, steering, engine, and even the transmission. Under the hood, Jaguar offers V6 3.0 liter supercharged with two output choices, 340 hp and 380 hp. For European buyer, the sedan will also be offered with two diesel engines, 2.0 liter with two output choices 161 hp or 178 hp. Another choice for oil burner is 3.0 liter V6 twin turbo diesel produces 296 hp. All those engines are mated to 8-speed automatic transmission.
Do you think the latest Range Rover is not quiet fancy? If so, let’s take a look to 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography that made its debut at 2015 New York Auto Show. This is the most luxurious SUV from British car company and the first car which is made by Jaguar-Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operation (SVO). There’s no change on the exterior design. Now, the luxury SUV has Graphite Atlas and chromed grille and SVAutobiography badge near the LED taillights. Land Rover offers two-tone body color option, that combines Satorini Black upper body with 9 other color choices for lower body.
Inside, you can see premium material and unique trim finishes in solid aluminum and noble wood. Rear passenger will get luxurious seating, a chiller compartment, and powered deplayable table. The SVAutobiography brings Range Rover SVR engine, V8 5.0L supercharged produces 548 hp. The powerful engine is mated to 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. 2016 Range Rover SVAutobiography will go on sale this summer.
Last year, Mercedes announced that they will change the nomenclature to their product, including M-Class that transforms to GLE-Class. At 2015 New York Auto Show the German automaker introduced the new name of its mid-size luxury SUV and the new face (facelift). Its exterior design is almost the same with GLE Coupe. But Mercedes designers added some changes to differentiate between the real SUV and the crossover. Front, the change is only in the grille that now comes with more elegant design and two horizontal lines. Meanwhile its headlights has the same design with the SUV-Coupe.
From the side, the coupe-like line is replaced with boxy line design just like regular SUV. At the rear, the automaker redesigned the bumper, the dual-exhaust, and LED taillights. Inside, its cabin design is completely the same with GLE Coupe. It means that buyer will get thick steering wheel and a large infotainment display in the center cockpit. In the engine sector, there’s almost no change. But Mercedes added a plug-in hybrid option V6 3.0 liter twin turbocharged produces 328 hp. It’s accompanied by an electric motor that has 114 hp output. If conventional engine and electric motor work together, it can produce 436 ponies and 650 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to 7G-Tronic transmission.
Text: Andhika Pradityo
Photos: Jaguar, Land Rover, & Mercedes-Benz