All-new 2016 Jaguar XF spied

22 Aug, 2014 1:30pm Jack Rix

All-aluminium, second-generation XF spied for the first time ahead of 2016 debut sporting a similar look to the smaller XE

At first glance this looks like another Jaguar XE prototype, sporting the same angular snout, trio of aggressive air intakes and creases along the flanks, but on closer inspection it’s a bigger story than that. These are the very first spy shots of the all-new, second-generation Jaguar XF caught testing near Jaguar’s base in Gaydon, Warwickshire, ahead of an expected debut in 2016.

We compared profile pictures of and an XE prototype and this, shot in an identical location a year apart, and the difference in size is immediately obvious. Whereas the XE has an extremely short rear overhang, to keep its dimensions compact and proportions sporty, the XF is much longer at the back with a shallower rear windscreen angle and larger rear window.

The two saloon will have more in common than design cues, too. Both will be based on Jaguar’s new IQ[AL] all-aluminium architecture that will debut on the 3 Series-sized XE at the Paris show later this year, before being stretched for the Jaguar SUV  due in 2016 and the all-new XF.


Jaguar XF Spy Shots

As a result expect significant weight reductions compared to the current XF - up to 100kg is possible, giving it a fighting chance of out-handling the class-leading BMW 5 Series.

As for engines, by running the registrations plates we were able to find that this prototype if fitted with a version of the F-Type’s 3.0-litre supercharged V6. However, the big-selling XFs will be fitted with new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from Jaguar’s new Ingenium engine family, while a range-topping XF SVR will employ a supercharged 5.0-litre V8.

Expect the option of rear and four-wheel drive for the new XF, more interior space thanks to the better packaged underpinnings, and a tweaked version of the Range Rover Evoque’s nine-speed ZF gearbox. To keep up with the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class expect a hybrid version to debut later in the life cycle, too.

Read all about Jaguar's new XE BMW 3-Series rival here...

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