Spyshots: Jaguar XS Mule, the BMW 3 Series Rival Emerges
We've known about this car for well over a year now, eagerly expecting its arrival onto the world of cool automobiles. Jaguar's top boss says this car, expected to be called the XS, will dictate the pace of their future design, but we can't actually preview what's going to happen because this is just a test mule wearing the body of an XF.
Jaguar has always been good at making very powerful cars, their 4.2-liter and 5-liter supercharged engines being renowned. We were literally blown away by the tremendous pulling power of the XKR for example, but this is not the main focus of the XS. Jaguar will focus all of its latest fuel-saving technology into the car to make it more frugal than pretty much anything else in its class.
A key part in this scheme is played by cutting-edge lightweight aluminium construction, but also by the 2.2-liter diesel engine and the brand new 9-speed automatic transmission announced by Land Rover and developed by ZF.
Adrian Hallmark has suggested this entry-level sedan will expand into a whole range of models, possibly containing coupe, cabrio and estate versions.
❐ Check out the Jaguar XS Test Mule photo gallery