Isuzu did it with its D-Max. Jaguar wants to do it with its XF 2.2-litre diesel. The goal is to find out just how frugal the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine can be. The car is driven by independent British test drivers David and Alexander Madgwick.
A strictly standard car, the XF was shipped from Jaguar’s global headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, making it the first diesel Jaguar to enter the United States.
t’s not the first time that the new model, on sale now, has embarked on a long-distance trip.
Earlier this year, an XF 2.2 was driven from the factory at Castle Bromwich to Munich – a distance of 1,313km – on a single tank of diesel and achieved an average of 24km/l.
The latest project will test the capabilities of the XF – serving as an engineering exercise to determine the maximum efficiency of the car.
Despite being the most fuel efficient Jaguar ever created, the XF 2.2 produces 190 PS and 450Nm of torque, to allow the XF to accelerate from rest to 100kph in just 8.0-seconds before reaching a top speed of 225kph. The XF 2.2 emits just 149 g/km of CO2.
The XF driving from New York to LA is a British-registered, right-hand drive press fleet Polaris White Premium Luxury model with 18″ alloy wheels.
As for Isuzu, it has been organising such runs periodically in Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, exploiting such events to market its highly fuel efficient D-Max pick-up trucks.