Hot on the heels of the slip-up that had a full-car shot of Chevy's new Malibu appearing on the NAIAS website, pics of what we believe to be the new Jaguar XF concept were somehow leaked onto the net overnight. We have learned that it's best to take a wait-and-see approach to these kinds of things and sure enough, no sooner had Jalopnik and a few others gone live with their stories,
This S-Type replacement is so important for Jaguar, so we understand their desire to keep the new model under wraps until its official debut in Detroit. This new XF is trying to go head-to-head with the likes of the Mercedes CLS, while trying to erase the memory of the S-Type from people's minds. Compared to the Benz, this cat has a similar, stylish-but-sporty look to it. Albeit with styling cues that follow the XK's lead. Definitely a huge improvement over the retro S-Type. The tail, in particular, is pretty shapely, and very reminiscent of its corporate cousin, the Aston Martin Vantage. Like our pals at MotorAuthority, we can't wait for the official press release scheduled for January 3rd.