Rumor has it that the classic XJ saloon may be the first model to benefit from the government-sponsored testing which should endow Jaguar with the technical know-how to make its first hybrid model. According to the spy shooters from Next Autos, the next edition of the iconic leaping cat has been spotted testing and will reportedly sport distinctive new sheetmetal that should serve to differentiate the newer models from the old. Despite the fact that the latest Jags have been built on new lightweight aluminum-intensive structures, they have been met with less than stellar sales, a fact that many attribute to stale styling that looks just like Jags from... oh, thirty years ago. For this reason, expect a pretty radical departure for the next-gen, which could share styling features with Aston Martin - not a bad place to get some inspiration from if you ask us. Along with the rumored hybrid should be gas-powered V6 and V8 engines as well as the Euro-requisite diesels.
[Source: Next Autos]


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