The next-generation Jaguar XF has been spied testing on public roads once again ahead of its planned market introduction towards the end of 2015.
The prototype features the new car’s body shape which will eventually replace the current generation XF which has been on sale since 2007.
Under the disguise, the new XF adopts the latest Jaguar design language. Company insiders have already confirmed the model will adopt a sleeker appearance than the current car, with clear influences from the more recent crop of models. Styling cues look set to be taken from the smaller XE sedan, including its coupé-like silhouette and a bolder, scaled-up interpretation of the signature Jaguar grille, making it instantly recognizable in the rear view mirror.
It is understood that the new XF is based on the firm’s scalable, aluminium-intense iQ[Al] platform that also underpins the recently launched BMW 3-series rival, albeit in a longer, wider variant. Set to underpin all future new Jaguar models, including the recently announced F-Pace SUV, this architecture will bring significant weight savings of 100 kg per car.
The XF is likely to feature the same range of brand-new Ingenium engines as the XE. The XFR and XFR-s will continue to play the role of halo models for the British brand, with an extreme 600 HP-plus version also in the cards.
The new car will be launched at the New York motor show this April and is expected to go on sale in the autumn. The XF facelift was also launched in the US, at the New York show in 2011. The choice is meant to illustrate the importance of a continent which recently became the biggest market for Jaguar.