This is the new Jaguar XF, unveiled today in the traditional surrounds of, um, a high-wire over the River Thames.
We're not, in truth, exactly sure why the second generation of Jag's 5-Series-battling saloon was unveiled on a high-wire over the River Thames. Something, we assume, to do with highlighting the MkII XF's new, lighter, even-more-aluminium-intensive structure.
For the new big brother to the new XE is light indeed. Employing 75 per cent aluminium in its construction, Jag has managed to shave up to 190kg from the kerbweight of the outgoing XF, while improving torsional stiffness too.
The second-gen XF is fraction shorter and lower than its predecessor, and slippier too: Jag claims a drag coefficient of just 0.26, and a kerbweight 80kg below anything else in its class.
It'll be frugal, too. The new XF gets its pick of JLR's ‘Ingenium' range of modular diesel engines, launching with a pair of 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbos of 161bhp and 178bhp outputs. Equipped with the standard six-speed manual - there's an eight-speed auto available, too - it'll officially return over 30kpl, and CO2 emissions of 104g/km, which Jag reckons is a class-leading figure for a non-hybrid.
Source : BBC TopGear Magazine India Official Website