The long-wheelbase Jaguar XF we spied testing last year has been confirmed for a debut at this month’s 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

The vehicle, dubbed the XFL, has been developed exclusively for the Chinese market where long-wheelbase executive sedans sell in significant numbers. Rival firms Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz all have similar offerings already on sale.

Crucially, the XFL will also be built in China, making it the first Jaguar to be built in the country. It will be built at a joint venture plant owned by Jaguar Land Rover and Chinese automaker Chery. The plant is where Land Rover has been building its Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport models since 2014.

2016 Jaguar XF LWB spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2016 Jaguar XF LWB spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

No details have been released but we can expect the XFL to be around 5.0 inches longer than the regular XF. This is how much longer the XJ LWB is compared to the regular version of the Jaguar flagship sedan.

It would mean the XFL measuring almost 200 in in length. The extra length will primarily benefit rear-seat passengers, which makes sense as the car will be targeted at chauffeur-driven buyers.

Sales of the XFL will commence in the second half of the year.

Stay tuned as Jaguar will release the full details at the Beijing Auto Show, which starts April 25. For more from the show, head to our dedicated hub.


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