2016 BMW 5 Series vs 2016 Jaguar XF
BMW 5 Series Press Release Highlights
The introduction of the 2016 BMW 5 Series family also heralds an expansion of its engine range. The BMW 535d has been added as BMW’s latest diesel variant in North America. Its inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 – 3,000 rpm (preliminary figures). Simultaneously, the new BMW 535d Sedan is expected to show substantial fuel efficiency gains over its gasoline-fueled counterpart. US EPA figures will be available closer to the on-sale date. BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system is also available on the new 535d Sedan.
The top-of-the-line engine of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan now features an updated V-8 with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and BMW’s Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology, developing a monstrous 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.
The 5 Series chassis technology – which includes a double-wishbone front axle, integral rear axle and Servotronic variable power steering function – has been honed to deliver an unrivalled balance between sporty performance and ride comfort. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo comes with standard air suspension, including automatic self-leveling rear suspension. The Driving Dynamics Control switch on the center console is standard on all models. Adaptive Drive and Integral Active Steering are systems unmatched by other players that can be specified as options.
The galaxy of innovations on the options list borne by BMW ConnectedDrive technology allows the 2016 BMW 5 Series family to underline its leadership in the areas of connectivity, infotainment, convenience, and safety. For example, the function of the optional Comfort Access system, which allows the tailgate or trunk to be opened hands-free, has been extended to include a closing mechanism, which means that a movement of the foot under the rear apron can now be used to prompt the tailgate to close as well as open.
In addition, the 2016 BMW 5 Series offers customers a new rear-seat entertainment system with tablet-style displays, a Harman Kardon Surround Sound system and a new version of the ambient light option with a facility which allows the interior lighting to be alternated in tone between orange and white.
The range of BMW ConnectedDrive business solutions and driver assistance systems is more advanced and richer in variety than ever. The BMW 5 Series enables a scope of intelligent connectivity unique in the marketplace, allowing it to set the benchmark for in-car use of office applications.
Alongside the globally unrivalled Concierge Service for hotel reservations and a selection of other services, BMW ConnectedDrive also offers an unusually extensive suite of office functions, including internet-based services. The dictation function, for example, provides a convenient way of entering text for SMS messages and emails during a journey. The array of search, travel, office and social media services can be accessed via the car’s integrated SIM card or the customer’s smartphone.
The newly-standard iDrive4.2 Navigation system makes use of an optimized menu display and allows access to Advanced Real Time Traffic Information. A new iDrive rotary controller with an integrated touchpad allows the input of characters for destinations, phone numbers, and other functions within the iDrive4.2 operating system.
Jaguar XF Press Release Highlights
Double-wishbone front and Integral Link rear suspension systems provide the inherently high levels of stiffness needed for agile handling and steering precision with the compliance essential for first-class comfort and refinement. Advanced damper technologies – both passive and continuously-variable – improve ride quality and extend the breadth of dynamic capability of the XF.
Steering response and on-center feel are among the most important attributes which define the Jaguar dynamic driving DNA. One of the key enablers to this is the tuning potential of electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). From filters which damp unwanted disturbances caused by road surface irregularities to algorithms which compensate for changes in ambient temperature – EPAS has a lot to offer.
First developed for the F-TYPE, Configurable Dynamics takes the duality of character of the XF to the next level. The system allows the driver to individually tailor the throttle mapping, transmission shift strategy, steering feel and Adaptive Dynamics settings using the touchscreen. Configurable dynamics is offered in conjunction with Adaptive Dynamics.
Enthusiasts demanding the most involving driving experience now have the choice of the Jaguar free-revving 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine in 340hp and 380hp ratings –equipped with either rear- or all-wheel drive (AWD). Shared with the F-TYPE, these engines combine supercharging with direct-injection and variable intake and exhaust valve timing to deliver exceptional throttle response, linear power delivery and a unique soundtrack.
This is the first time the 380hp version has been used in a Jaguar sedan and is reserved for the all-new XF S. Matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission, this model is capable of covering the 0-60mph sprint in 5.1 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited maximum speed of 155mph3.
Optimized eight-speed automatic transmissions
The all-new Jaguar XF is available with one of two specifically-optimized eight-speed automatic ZF® transmissions. AWD engines are paired with the familiar 8HP70 transmission, while rear-wheel drive derivatives are matched to the lighter, more compact 8HP45. Combined with the unique Jaguar rotary gear shift controller and paddle shifters, these transmissions offer an exceptional driving experience, blending smooth launch behavior with seamless shifting.
All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics
With the option of AWD, the all-new XF builds on the success of its predecessor with a next-generation torque on demand system and Intelligent Driveline Dynamics (IDD). To maximize the system’s potential, IDD is networked to the Torque Vectoring by Braking system and the Dynamic Stability Control.
The all-new XF features two available infotainment systems. The standard system is InControl Touch and is based around an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen featuring the new Jaguar user interface. Designed to be simple and intuitive to use, the contemporary graphics are crisp and clear. The touchscreen supports gestures familiar to smartphone and tablet users such as ‘swipe’ to perform actions and ‘drag’ to scroll across maps.
The all-new Jaguar XF is the first model to feature the equally new InControl Touch Pro™ infotainment system. At the heart of InControl Touch Pro is a 10.2-inch capacitive touchscreen. There are no buttons on either side, instead, all the functionality has been neatly integrated into the bottom section of the touchscreen.
Also compatible with the all-new XF is the new Jaguar InControl Remote™, which enables customers to interact with the vehicle using a smartphone. Through the app vehicle owners can bring the cabin to a pre-set temperate by remotely starting the engine, and can check key vehicle data such as fuel tank fill level and door lock status. The app also enables the driver to remotely lock or unlock the car and receive alerts if the alarm sounds, with the option to reset it. A beep and flash feature can help drivers find the vehicle if they’ve forgotten where it was parked or provides a map to lead them to it.
- All-Surface Progress Control
- Forward-facing stereo camera
- Intelligent Speed Limiter
- Laser Heads-Up Display
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist
- Park Assist