Jaguar XF test models are a regular site at the Nurburgring and beyond
There's been new styling all round as well as other updates
Aluminium will most likely form a major part of the car's construction
The outgoing XF was launched in 2008
A facelifted Jaguar XJ has also been spotted testing
This test mule was spotted near to Jaguar's Midlands HQ
The current XJ is now due for replacement, having been on sale for four years
Design director Ian Callum says work on the next-generation XF and XJ saloons is well under way, telling Autocar: “I’m designing the next XF and thinking about the next XJ".
Test mules for the new XF are now a common sight. Jaguar’s new rival for the BMW 5-series is likely to arrive in 2016, before the new XJ. Expect an evolved look of today’s car, with some of the family traits of the F-type and C-X17 concept making it on to the model.
Callum believes that the current XF, introduced in 2008 and heavily facelifted in 2011, has aged very well. “I’m a huge fan of the XF, and I believe it has stood the test of time. The sales figures are increasing all the time, too.”
The next-generation XJ is further off, with the current car yet to undergo a facelift. However, that will happen next year, when the luxury saloon is given a light nip and tuck. Test mules have shown minor detail changes for the front and rear ends, but there’s no word on any dynamic or specification changes.