As Jaguar prepares to introduce its first-ever utility vehicle, our spy shooters have captured this jacked-up XF mule out testing. While a production Jaguar crossover will surely resemble something closer to the recent C-X17 Concept, we can't help but think that the automaker could sell at least a few of these lifted, four-wheel-drive sedans.

Other than proving that Jaguar is hard at work developing this new model using a cobbled-together body, there are some details we can put together about this luxury CUV. For one it's about the same length as an XF, while the ride height is obviously taller and the tire track wider. We're not sure what the rig on top of this mule is for, but the whole car has us reminiscing about the old sedan versions of the Subaru Outback and the AMC Eagle (with a luxury spin, of course).


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      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      I kinda like it..... The lifted car/"rally look" has always been a cool concept when done correctly.
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      I should not like it, yet I have an odd fondness for it...
      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wanna take a stab and say the took rig on top is to raise the CG closer to an SUV would have
      Mikey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like Jaguar partnered up with AMC for the test mule.
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Countless people missed the operative word "mule" in the article.
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      i m fine with my suzuki jimny.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Because it looks like a jacked up XF with a big fat rump? Seriously Jaguar, no. Just...no. You do not need your own X6. We do not want this.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Nathan Jarvis
        • 1 Year Ago
        It is simply a prototype chassis with a stock body of an XF sedan on it. The shape is no indication of the final products shape
        traction_control
        • 1 Year Ago
        It’s an engineering-mule for testing proposes. The actual vehicle won’t look like that. Why is it so hard for people to understand what "mules" are and what they are used for?
          Clipper44
          • 1 Year Ago
          @traction_control
          If it was a true mule, it wouldn't be camo'd. The production model will be in the ball park of what's shown.
          sniperhunter2001
          • 1 Year Ago
          @traction_control
          Traction_control is right. The entire point is to test the drivetrain, the chassis and suspension. The body panels merely exist for the sake of being there, Jaguar isn't going to start putting cars on the street that they haven't even finalized designing visually yet. The headlights and taillights are there for legal reasons, manufacturers need to have them on if they intend on testing their cars on public roads. Clipper: you are 100% wrong. It is common for manufacturers to do this. Nissan used 350Z pieces and parts (including headlights and taillights) when testing the 370Z mule around.
          Carmaker1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @traction_control
          Thank you for pointing that out traction_control, as the production body has yet to be ready for road testing in public. That will take a little while at the moment, as the design was recently frozen and we have been working with general proportions and components of it. These have been making the rounds since the summer, so I'm not sure why Auto Blog and others are shocked to see our "test mules".
          Carmaker1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @traction_control
          Sniperhunter2001 you are somewhat incorrect on one point. At Jaguar, we clearly do not design vehicles at the last minute and have already well designed this. I work at Whitley and know very well the design stage is long completed and was recently frozen for production. Only some external changes will be made in minor details, until final evaluation test vehicles are finalized next year. This is a components test vehicle, one that I've had input on and looks nothing the actual vehicle. We do not have the production body prototypes as drivable yet, so this will do the job in the meantime. These have been testing for over 4 months now. Also, it should be known that the C-X17 show concept may or may not be a proper representation of the actual vehicle, as it was designed after it.
      Matthew K Kowalski
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does anyone else think this looks ******* amazing? I LOVE it, especially that rear 3/4 view ......UNF!!!! Would daily, would rallyX and autoX and generally hoon the **** out as much as possible, especially if it had the R's supercharged V8 and AWD...... damn that would be sweet
      Clipper44
      • 1 Year Ago
      i am pretty sick of all the luxe CUVs. They are pointless and stupid. Either get a car or get an SUV.
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Clipper44
        As long as people buy them, they are not pointless.
          Clipper44
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
          People buy all kinds of pointless crap. Pet rocks, Justin Bieber posters, CUVs.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad thats just a mule.
      ack154
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like Jaguar's version of an X6.
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