A stretched version of the Jaguar XF has been spied testing at the Nürburgring; likely to be aimed at the Chinese market
3 November 2015

The new long-wheelbase Jaguar XF has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring.

The stretched version can be distinguished from the standard-wheelbase XF by this prototype's slightly longer rear doors and larger rear side windows.

The XF LWB will be the second long-wheelbase model to be offered in the Jaguar range. The firm already offers a stretched version of the XJ, which is 125mm longer than the standard version and is aimed at the limousine market.

The stretched XF is expected to be aimed primarily at the Chinese market, which already accounts for the majority of XJ LWB sales. BMW and Audi both make longer versions of the 5 Series and A6 respectively, and both are offered for sale in China only.

Rather than raising the level of luxury in the cabin, the aim is largely to increase leg room in the rear seats. Due to the target market, the car's global debut is expected to take place at an Asian show in 2016.

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3 November 2015
In my head, if you want a long wheelbase XF, buy an XJ. Simples.

3 November 2015
Why should the option of extra rear legroom in the XF and its BMW or Audi rivals be restricted to the Chinese market? Do the car manufacturers assume that the Chinese are taller than the rest of us?

3 November 2015
ludditerider wrote:

Why should the option of extra rear legroom in the XF and its BMW or Audi rivals be restricted to the Chinese market? Do the car manufacturers assume that the Chinese are taller than the rest of us?

I believe that the popularity of such LWB variants in China is because potential buyers are more likely to be chauffeured than drive themselves. Regarding this effort, I'm not sure the stretch in the wheelbase and rear doors does the new XF any favours as far as its appearance is concerned: it reminds me of one of those coach-built funeral cars.

3 November 2015
like this should be open to all markets for 3k extra approx would be great

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