After catching multiple pre-production mules out testing, we finally spotted a production-representative prototype of the upcoming Jaguar XS out testing in the United Kingdom. Despite the all-consuming curly-shaped camouflage, we can still discern some familiar Jaguar design cues that will give the sedan the sporty styling edge it needs to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series.
The Jaguar XS looks like it will have very similar proportions to the larger XF sedan. Both cars have the same overall shape on the front end, with a long incisions flowing across the downward-sloped hood, revealing a narrow center bulge and sharp shoulders over the front wheels. The XF’s front oval grille will also carry over in a slightly leaner form, alongside similar slit-shaped, elongated headlights and front air intakes mounted low on the bumper.
Slight changes start to emerge in profile, as the Jaguar XS could end up with a sharper, more angular silhouette with sportier lines. The prototype pictured here most likely has some degree of padding over the rear window and around the C-pillars, but we can see that the rear end will be a bit stubbier and possess a shorter decklid. Also note plentiful creases and angles on the body sides.
This particular Jaguar XS test car is rumored to have the XF’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 under the hood, which would slot in right above the base 2.0-liter turbo-four. The car’s aluminum chassis and bodywork will help with weight and handling, and all-wheel-drive will almost certainly be available. Jaguar has most definitely stepped up its game in recent years, so we’re anxiously awaiting this little kitty.
The Jaguar XS is expected to become available in 2015 as a 2016 model. A concept version could appear at this year's Paris auto show, while the production model has been tipped to appear at the 2015 Geneva auto show. Last year, Jaguar confirmed that the sedan will reach the U.S. market by 2016.