Jaguar could lift the veil on its next-generation XF executive saloon as early as next year, according to insider rumours.
While Jaguar Land Rover has been busy working away on models like the Jaguar XE and Land Rover Discovery Sport, it’s suggested that a new XF could also be on the cards sooner rather than later.
Both the XE and Discovery Sport are expected to sell in larger volumes than any Jaguar Land Rover models previously, and Jaguar apparently is working on capitalising on the buzz surrounding the XE.
Global sales figures for the XE are estimated to hit around 160,000 next year, and Jaguar reportedly will unveil the new XF at the New York motor show next April to tie in with the XE’s release.
According to insiders, the new XF could feature a lightweight aluminium structure similar to that in the XE, plus similar styling and sportier handling as the company aims to up its global recognisability.
Mimicking the coupe styling of the new XE saloon, it has been claimed that Jaguar is intending to make its brand as instantly recognisable as that of other premium manufacturers like Audi.
Capitalising on the industry and public interest in the new XE, Jaguar insiders have noted the importance of people seeing the marque’s cars and recognising them as Jaguars.
Other reported tweaks to the new XF will include a great reduction in weight, plus increasing the current XF’s rear legroom and boot space.
Around 50kg heavier than its German rivals, the new structure of the XF is reported to shave off up to 100kg, while it’s expected that it will also come with one of Jaguar’s new lightweight Ingenium engines.
Focusing on making Jaguar a more sport-oriented brand than it has previously been, reports state that the company will aim to move into the territory previously inhabited by larger German rivals.
While Jaguar Land Rover has yet to confirm any of the rumours, the all-new XE saloon is available to order now, with first deliveries due to start from May next year.
Available in five trim levels, standard kit in the XE includes an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, satnav and cruise control, plus 17-inch alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel.
Power will come courtesy of a range of petrol and diesel engines, which will include the same 3.0-litre V6 as in the F-TYPE and a new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
The Jaguar XE is available to order now, priced from £26,995 for the entry-level SE trim.