While Jaguar has dramatically increased the number of performance oriented vehicles it produces in the last 12-18 months, the British marque hasn’t forgotten about those who can’t afford or simply aren’t interested in spending big on cars. As a result, a Jaguar sedan to sit below the current XF is just around the corner and the new car has been spied testing in bitterly cold Scandinavia.
What makes the spy shot you see above even more interesting is the fact that this Jaguar XS prototype is said to be the long-wheelbased version. While the standard XS should arrive sometime this year, reports claim we’ll have to wait a little longer for the XS Long-wheelbase.
Recently, Jaguar commented that a concept variant of the XS sedan is pinned for a debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. Then, the Jaguar XS will have its worldwide production form debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2015 in March the following year. Following on from the car’s Geneva debut, sales and deliveries will start later in 2015.
As expected, the Jaguar XS will ride on the same intelligent aluminium platform which debuted a couple of months ago under the Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept.
Under the hood, the 2016 Jaguar XS will be offered with the some of the engines present in the XF as well as the Jaguar F-Type. However, it’ll also be available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powertrain developing 240 hp with a 380 hp, 3.0-liter supercharged V6 set to be the range-topping engine.
Rear-wheel drive will be standard in the 2016 Jaguar XS but an all-wheel drive system will be offered at additional costs. As a reminder, the Jaguar XS will rival the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.