These are early spy shots of the next-generation Jaguar XJ, snapped in the UK today under heavy disguise.
Beneath all the cladding lies a radically modernised version of the British luxury saloon, with styling that's expected to be more in line with the smaller XF's.
Engines are likely to include an entry-level V6 and V8 plus a supercharged V8 version. A registration check reveals that this mule is running the naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8. But, crucially, the new XJ could also spawn Jaguar's first hybrid model.
Jaguar is believed to be working with Leyland-based engineering firm Torotrak. The firm has developed a mild hybrid system by fixing a starter generator between the engine and its own Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT).
Unlike most hybrid systems, which are inefficient at a steady cruise, Torotrak claims its system is more efficient in real-world driving conditions.
It says the system can offer a 35 per cent improvement in fuel economy when applied to a conventional automatic transmission. Combined with Jaguar's petrol V6 engine, the system could allow the new XJ to easily achieve 35mpg-plus.
Dick Elsy, who was recently appointed managing director of Torotrak, used to be product development boss at Jaguar. The firm has also signed a licensing agreement to supply IVT technology to Jaguar's owner Tata.
The XJ will play a big part in Jaguar's new styling direction. This new luxury saloon will represent a significant shift towards a sleek, modern-looking four-door saloon. Jag's design team wants to take the looks of the brand's saloons and sports cars in two notably different directions.