Jaguar’s facelifted XF saloon has been spied for the first time ahead of its launch in 2012.
Jaguar’s mid-life refresh for its BMW 5-series rival includes XJ-inspired styling changes; the cladding on the test car hides a mildly re-engineered front end with new headlamps and a larger grille.
Changes to the rear, including a new light design and bumper, are also expected, as are improvements to the XF’s interior.
A range of new engines is expected to appear in the updated car: a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder Ford/PSA diesel unit (currently used by Land Rover) is heavily tipped to join the range to power a new entry-level model.
Power from this engine in the XF will be around 200bhp. Jaguar will introduce ZF’s eight-speed automatic gearbox to the range at the same time.
The facelifted saloon’s launch is expected to coincide with the debut of a fastback, sporting estate version of the XF.
Expect elegant styling incorporating a shade more practicality to be the defining features in this model, rather than a Volvo-style cavernous load area.