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28 March, 2015 at 12:34 PM
Jaguar XF II goes crazy in London
Jaguar XF on high-wire
Jaguar is getting crazy these days when it comes to its new launches. If not, how else we can describe the recent high-voltage launch event of the second generation Jaguar XF, which saw the midsize luxury sedan making hire-wire journey 18 metres above waters at Canary Wharf, the London’s busiest business district.

British stuntman Jim Dowdall, known for his action scenes in Hollywood movies such as Indian Jones and Bond, was behind the wheel for the 240-metre drive across the waters on two 34 mm carbon wires that were suspended 18 metres above the water level. The nail-biting drive supported by just the two parallel wires last for three minutes.  

Of course, the British luxury carmaker owned by India’s Tata Motors worked hard to see that the first of its kind of event went off without any glitch. Meteorological experts and structural engineers were on hand to determine precise drive conditions, based on comprehensive crosswind analysis. As a precaution, the stunt man was rigged up with abseil equipment, a cherry picker crane was on hand and so was also a RIB safety speedboat.

“Over my 35 years in the industry, I have driven Jaguars on many Hollywood movie sets. However, the biggest test for me on this stunt was the unpredictability of the elements,” said the stuntman Dowdall

But why did Jaguar do all this? It wanted to showcase the lightweight characteristics of the new Jaguar XF which is now 190 kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to the aluminium-intensive platform that’s underpinning most of the brand’s new models now.

Lighter in weight means new Jaguar XF obviously consumes less fuel and show more mercy to the air and environment around us. Jaguar has quoted a fuel efficiency of 70 mpg (24.78 km/l) and 104 g/km CO2 emissions for the new XF. These numbers are valid for the entry-level diesel variant that features 163 PS, 4-pot Ingenium plant paired with manual stick.

Besides, the new Jaguar XF boasts increased interior spaces and new touch screen technology. However, we will know more on these when it bows to the public at the 2015 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on April 1.

Note: II in the headline stands for second generation

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