Jaguar’s mid-size luxury sedan, the XF, made its market debut in 2009 as the replacement for the S-Type. It was given an update for 2012 and a year later saw all-wheel drive added to its list of options.
The next major update will see the XF completely overhauled, as a new generation of the car has already started testing and is expected to be introduced in early 2016. One of our spy photographers managed to snap these shots, which show that the 2016 Jaguar XF is still in the very early stages of development.
This is only a test mule for the car, which has the new mechanicals hidden beneath the makeshift body of a current XF. On initial glance it looks just like the test mules we saw for Jaguar’s upcoming 3-Series rival, the XS
, but this mule is actually longer and wider.
Its proportions are similar to the current XF, though the front track has been widened, as evidenced by the extended fender flares. This mule also has two exhaust tips mounted closer to the center of the rear bumper, though this design may change as the 2016 XF moves from mule to prototype stage.
Underpinning the new XF will be a stretched version of the modular iQ[Al] platform previewed in the C-X17 crossover concept
at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. This platform will form the basis of Jaguar’s XS small sedan as well as a small crossover
, and in stretched form it will underpin the new XF.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is likely to remain the base option while a supercharged V-6 is likely to be the volume option going forward. Though Jaguar is considering a future without V-8s
, the 2016 XF should still offer an eight-cylinder engine at launch. Fuel-sipping hybrids and diesels should also be offered, as should the option of all-wheel drive.
Further down the track, it’s possible we’ll see a second generation of the svelte XF Sportbrake
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