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Jaguar XF: next-gen test mule spied

A development mule of the next-generation Jaguar XF has been spotted near the British brand’s test centre at the Nurburgring in Germany.

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CarAdvice's spy photographers captured all angles of the black prototype sedan, which disguises its new 'iQ[Al]' modular aluminium architecture with the body panels of the current Jaguar XF and a camouflaged front end.

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The new lightweight platform debuted beneath the Jaguar C-X17 crossover concept at September’s Frankfurt motor show.

The second-generation Jaguar XF is set to become the third model line underpinned by the flexible new platform, following the brand’s new mid-sized 3 Series rival, known unofficially as the XS, and the production version of the C-X17.

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Like its sedan and crossover siblings, the second-generation XF will be powered by Jaguar’s new range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that will be produced at JLR’s new £500 million ($840 million) powertrain plant currently under construction in Wolverhampton. Supercharged V6 and V8 petrol engines will also feature under the bonnets of higher-powered models.

The second-gen Jaguar XF is tipped to launch in 2016, eight years after the introduction of the original in 2008.

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