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.