The all-new Jaguar XF has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany.
Where the new Jaguar 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.
This is a move by Jaguar to create more of a step-up between the XF and XE, so that buyers won't feel short changed in passenger space or luxury when buying the mid-sized executive.
The two saloons will have more in common than design cues, too. Both will be based on Jaguar’s new IQ[AL] all-aluminium architecture that debuts on the 3 Series-sized XE, before being stretched for the Jaguar SUV due in 2016 and the all-new XF.
As a result expect significant weight reductions over the 1,735kg kerbweight of the current model - up to 100kg is possible, giving it a fighting chance of out-handling the class-leading BMW 5 Series. Jaguar are also clearly using the Nurburgring to develop a car that handles and rides even better than the current version.
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.