Just weeks after we brought you the first ever pictures of the hotly-anticipated Jaguar XE - the new roadster has been spied again - this time during hot weather testing in the US.
Designed to sit below the Jaguar XK in its sports car line-up, the XE will be a strict two-seater, aimed at stealing sales from key Porsche and BMW rivals.
As these pictures confirm, the newcomer will sit on a shortened chassis, with a heavily modified version of the rear-wheel drive platform from the current XK.
On the inside, this early prototype shares some of its part's with the XK, but it's possible to make out an all-new steering wheel, and the main touchscreen's large black surround suggests a host of new features in the works.
Despite being Jaguar's junior model, it should have no shortage of performance - this particular model sits on a set of aggressive 19-inch alloys and low-profile Dunlop tyres, while the 'R' logo is clearly visible on the big four-pot brake calipers.
Engine details are still scarce, but expect the XE to feature a range of V6 powerplants, mated to the British firm's smooth six-speed automatic gearbox. A flagship 'R' model, as well as a diesel variant are both strong possiblities.
Sources within the company have revealed that Jaguar is planning to reveal a concept version of the XE early next year, with sales to start in early 2013.