Jaguar's second generation of the mid-size XF sedan has been spied undergoing preliminary testing on the Nürburgring.

Jaguar's second generation of the mid-size XF sedan has been spied undergoing preliminary testing on the Nürburgring.

On sale since 2007, the XF is starting to show its age and Jaguar needs to make the model bigger taking into account the XE is now out so there has to be more room between the two in order to better target different segments. Jaguar has the right recipe for that as testing of a new XF has started and as you can see it will be considerably larger and feature a stretched wheelbase so we should expect a roomier cabin with extra legroom for rear passengers.

The prototype seen here looks like a bigger XE which shouldn't come as a surprise as the styling won't be very different. One other big change aside from the enlarged size is the implementation of a sloping rear with a more practical liftback configuration thus replacing the current model's sedan layout.

The second-gen Jaguar XF will likely ride on the same iQ[Al] platform as the smaller XE and is expected to shave off as much as 100 kg (220 lbs). Rear-wheel drive will be standard but at an additional cost an AWD system will be offered. Details about the engine lineup are not available at this point but will likely include the supercharged V6 3.0-liter along with a series of four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline and diesel motors. The engine range will probably be topped by a supercharged V8 5.0-liter in the XFR-S which in the current generation puts out 542 bhp (405 kW) & 680 Nm (502 lb-ft).

A public debut of the new generation Jaguar XF will probably occur at a major auto show in 2016.

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