Last year spy photos of the Jaguar XF test vehicles appeared. Since then, our photographers have captured the wagon, which Jag calls the Sportbrake, and the sedan, as well as the long-wheelbase version, the XF L, too. New photos of the XF Sportbrake and XF L show that Jaguar is continuing to develop. However, like all the other spy photos, the cars here still carry a lot of camouflage from the beltline, obscuring many of the changes we expect from the automaker on the model.
We do not expect a significant design change with the mid-cycle update. Instead, Jaguar should update the lighting elements, overhaul the front and rear bumpers, and change the appearance of the grille. There could also be other minor exterior changes. Rumors suggest that Jaguar will give the interior a complete overhaul, increasing its perceived quality and luxury. The XF L, which will retain the wheelbase of the current car, will only be available for the Chinese market.
When the updated XF arrives, it should be delivered with updated diesel engines that will meet increasingly stringent European emission regulations for 2021. Details of the other powertrains remain a mystery. It’s unclear whether the XF’s existing powertrains will remain unchanged, or whether Jaguar could attempt to place the company’s new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine under its hood. Jaguar offers the current XF in the United States with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 or a 3.0-liter supercharged V6.
The Jaguar XF 2021, in all its variants, is expected to debut later this year before going on sale early next year. We don’t expect radical changes, but whatever Jaguar updates, they should stay competitive compared to the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. We hope to know more about the fate of the XF model. It’s more sporty. Rumors suggest that the trim is on the cutting block due to its inability to meet European emission standards.