Jaguar’s second-generation XF has been spotted doing some hot-weather testing in Southern Europe, and this time, it’s wearing bodywork that appears to be nearly production-ready. Though it’s wrapped in swirly camo, the XF’s shape is still recognizable.

The second generation will get a revised look, helping move the BMW 5 Seriescompetitor in line with Jag’s newest sedan, the XE. Judging by the spy shots, the XF will get a more upright grille, much like the smaller XE. We expect the XF to get an aggressive front fascia with large openings under each headlight. An integrated spoiler will sit atop the boot while the taillights will likely share much of the same design cues as the XE.

Jaguar seems bent on protecting the XF’s side profile as the doors have a large accent bump just under the door handles. We saw the same thing on the XE as it was testing. Like the XE sedan, we expect the XF to have smooth sheet metal falling from its beltline, bulging out just slightly as it meets the rocker panels, so don’t be fooled by the clever camo.

All this talk about the smaller XE rubbing off on the upcoming XF is for good reason. The XF will ride on an extended version of the XE’s platform. Both the sedan and wagon versions will come, though the wagon isn’t expected to make the U.S. market.

Powering the new XF will be a familiar group of engines, including the turbocharged, 2.0-liter I-4; the supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6; and the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8. Folks outside the U.S. will get a diesel version as well. A plug-in hybrid will come after its initial launch.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Jaguar XF.

Spy Shots

Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF Caught Testing in South Europe Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF Caught Testing in South Europe Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XF Caught Testing in South Europe Exterior Spyshots
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Why It Matters

Jaguar and its SUV partner Land Rover have been steadily getting better and better under Tata’s ownership. Now with a new BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class competitor coming — along with its new 3 Series and C-Class competition materialized as the XE — Jaguar will be well positioned to pounce on radar of previously uninterested consumers. Build quality, performance, and desirability are all on the upswing.

Mark McNabb
Mark McNabb was a contributor at TopSpeed from 2013 to 2018. Growing up, Mark always had a mind for tinkering on random items throughout his home and dad’s garage, including a 1953 Ford Mainline and 1971 Corvette Stingray.  Read More
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