Just a few weeks ago we caught our first glimpse of the small Jaguar sedan that is currently undergoing development. There's some information to support that this future rival of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Audi A4, etc, will be coming to market around 2015 with the name XS on the back.

Our spy photographer tells us that the car seen here – a well cut-up Jaguar XF – is a platform mule that is testing suspension set ups, in this case with a diesel engine. (We don't expect to get Jag's diesel offerings anytime soon, at least not based on our latest sampling of the crushingly forbidden XF Sportbrake.) In our case, the gasoline-fed four-cylinder turbo engine at the bottom end of the XS range, and the supercharged V6 at the top, are much more likely to end up in our American showrooms.

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      Dwayne Hicks
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the direction Jaguar is going with a few years behind them from the Ford era. I liked the concept of the old X-Type but it obviously was not up to par with the entry level sport luxury offerings of the time. Here's hoping for a manual option with at least a boosted V6.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn good looking car. Here's hoping in a few years we'll have an XSR with the supercharged V6 and a manual to do battle with the M4, S4, C63, and ATS-V.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since the XS will not look like this test mule, I wonder if it will follow existing design themes or will it put forward a new design paradigm for all future Jaguar sedans? Also, I wonder if the XS will be closer to the older XF and be based on steel construction or to the XJ and use an aluminum space frame? Going after the BMW 3-Series is never easy, but it isn't hard to imagine that this car will do a better job than the X-Type did.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 2 Years Ago
      hopefully it'll be a four door f-type.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they adopt a more aggressive version of the current Jag design language--more F-Type than XF--even though the sedans usually get the milder dress. With the CLA on the way, the XS needs to make a dramatic style statement.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd tap that.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kind of crappy they don\'t call out the ATS as a competitor seeing as it\'s pretty much matched the 3 in most recent matchups.
        • 2 Years Ago
        as much as i agree on it being a competitor on paper and possibly driving experience (i havent driven one so I cant comment) it is not a threat when it comes to sales like the 3 series. It may not be king in its segment as far as driving pleasure but its still king as far as sales numbers go.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is my favourite segment, and I'm so glad that Jaguar has finally decided to join back in. Can't wait for the full reveal!
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 3 series will die a death by a thousand cuts
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      >Jaguar XS >Jaguar Excess Not the name I would have chosen.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Or it could mean Xtra Special, Xtra Special, Xtra Speed, Xtra Sexy
      • 2 Years Ago
      i know ford is not in jaguar anymore, but the shape/design looks like the next generation Fusion (the one after the current re-design)... with an Aston ass. i like it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        That's not the new design, that's just the body of a current xf. That's the whole point of a test mule.
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