Jaguar’s second-generation XF has been spotted performance testing at the Nürburgring as it continues its development journey before heading to the showroom in around a year’s time.
The mid-size luxury saloon is expected to grow in size to make room in the model range for the recently-revealed Jaguar XE, which will slot below the XF in Jaguar’s line-up.
Consequently, the next XF should offer more space and comfort for occupants. Both saloon and estate versions of the XF are expected.
As with the XE, JLR’s new iQ[Al] aluminium architecture is at the core of the next XF’s development. The architecture should also allow Jaguar engineers to cut down on the 1735kg kerb weight of today’s XF. The underpinnings are scalable, and company chiefs have previously stated that they will be used for a wide range of vehicles.
That makes it highly likely that Jaguar will pick the XF’s powertrains from its new family of turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines.
The XE is launching with an Ingenium engine in two states of tune, with the lower-powered option producing 161bhp and 280lb ft, and the more powerful variant developing 178bhp and 317lb ft.
The Ingenium powerplants use fixed 500cc cylinder sizes, so other capacities could be possible. The Land Rover Discovery Sport will also use Ingenium engines, though not at launch.