All eyes may currently be on the brand new Jaguar XE compact sedan, but behind the scenes the British car maker’s focus has shifted to the next class up, with the company hard at work on the second-generation Jaguar XF.
Today’s images give us our first look at the new XF wearing its production body panels; the shots coming 10 months after CarAdvice’s spies first captured an early XF mule wearing crudely cut panels from the current car.
The images confirm the expectation that the second-generation XF will evolve the design of the original, rather than overhaul it completely.
The XF’s sleek, sweeping lines create a familiar silhouette, though a more upright front grille and a stubbier rear end mirror the latest evolution of Jaguar’s design language seen on the XE.
The rear windscreen appears even more steeply raked than before, while the boot lid looks slightly longer, creating a more traditional sedan shape.
Expect few surprises at either end, where Jaguar’s trademark sinister headlights, prominent grille and slim horizontal tail-lights will again be applied to the large luxury sedan.
Strong lines running from the highest points of the wheel arches and more emphasised rear haunches add extra muscularity.
The second-generation XF is set to become the second Jaguar built on the company’s new iQ[Al] aluminium architecture after the XE. It’s understood the new model could be up to 100kg lighter than its predecessor as a result.
The XF is expected to be revealed in 2015, arriving before the production version of the C-X17 crossover, which is likely to launch the following year.
The new Jaguar XF will be available with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from the brand’s new Ingenium family, as well as supercharged V6 and V8 engines found in the F-Type sports car.
A nine-speed ZF automatic transmission will drive the rear wheels, while all-wheel-drive variants will also be offered in Europe and some overseas markets.
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