The snappers under the employ of Hans Lehmann were able to catch a few shots of the new Jaguar S-Type undergoing testing in the deserts of Cali. Not content to leave well enough alone, they took it upon themselves to render what this '08 S-Type may look like, sans camo.

According to Lehmann's own insider sources, the new front end will receive an oval mesh grille, with a chrome bar that divides the opening and provides a place to attach the cat's emblem. A dual, single unit headlamp arrangement will be partnered with integrated fog lamps and the overall shape of the front will gain more fluidity.

Since this new Jag intends to pick a fight with the BMW 5-series, the options under the hood are of particular importance. Either a 3-liter V6 or a 2.7-liter turbo diesel will cover the low end of the S-Type range, while buyers with more benjis can equip their cat with a 4.2-liter V8 producing 300 HP or the XKR's V8 that pushes out 420 HP.

It's expected that we'll see the new S-type early in 2008, full redesigned and ready to compete with the great luxury marques of its day.

[Source: The Car Connection]