Jaguar says the replacement for the S-Type sedan, its mid-size luxury offering, won’t bear the S-Type badge when it hits the market in spring of 2008.
Instead, the new car will be dubbed the XF, adopting the naming strategy of Jaguar’s top-end models, the XJ and the XK.
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"The Jaguar XF is a new sports saloon that will challenge people to think again about Jaguar as daring and different," Bibiana Boerio, managing director of Jaguar Cars, said in a release.
Rumors and spy shots have suggested that the new XF will take a radical styling turn when it bows in 2008. Our spies tell us that the new XF will take direct aim at the BMW 5-Series. According to insider information, the new XF will adapt styling elements from both the 2003 RD6 and R Coupe concept cars and will be getting an oval mesh grille split by a chrome bar with the Jaguar badge. Twin single-unit headlights and a bumper with integrated twin fog lamps are in the offing, too.
Engines come from the current S-Type lineup: a 2.7-liter turbodiesel, a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 300-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 will be carried over. A 420-hp V-8 will be derived from the XKR.
Spy Shots: 2008 Jaguar S-Type by Hans Lehmann/Hidden Image (10/30/2006)
A make-or-break model starts down the runway.