Certainly, the car's grille, A-pillar and certain surfacing details are consistent with the pending show car, but the taillights are in fact different, as well as details like the traditional door handles and rear-view mirrors.

Production prototype

Our spies in England have just captured shots of an early prototype of a “production-intent” Jaguar XF rolling around on the streets surrounding the factory.

After Jaguar has shown its C-XF concept in Detroit, this heavily disguised prototype indicates that there has been a toning-down of certain design elements for production. Certainly, the car’s grille, A-pillar and certain surfacing details are consistent with the pending show car, but the taillights are in fact different, as well as details like the traditional door handles and rear-view mirrors.

The spy-shots of the XF mule also indicate that the production car will have a more traditional (less coupe-like) roofline, which should help with rear seat headroom. We liked to see the S-Type replacement on the show stand in Detroit, but we’re even more eager to assess the production car.

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