The all-new Jaguar XF has been spied undergoing preliminary testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

The all-new Jaguar XF has been spied undergoing preliminary testing in Germany around the Nürburgring.

Upon first glance this might look like a camouflaged XE but hiding underneath the disguise is the second generation XF which will be bigger compared to today's model. The styling won't be a major departure compared to the smaller XE and it seems those criticized wide taillights from the baby Jaguar will be carried over onto the mid-size sedan.

Calling it a sedan might be wrong as judging by the spy video and the attached (older) images, the overhauled XF will actually be a liftback as indicated by the more sloped roofline. This is good news not only because it looks sleeker than the current car but a liftback configuration is also more practical as you can squeeze in taller objects.

Regardless of the body style, the all-new XF will lose as much as 100 kg (220 lbs) as a result of making the switch to the iQ[Al] platform also used by the 2015 XE. Power will come from several economical four-cylinder Ingenium engines sending output as standard to the rear axle but an optional AWD setup will also be offered. More potent versions will likely get the familiar V6 3.0-liter supercharged motor while the XFR-S is expected to make use of a V8 5.0-liter supercharged engine tweaked to develop more than the current model's 542 bhp & 680 Nm output.

The second generation XF will likely go on sale in 2016 so an official reveal could occur late next year.

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