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Jaguar C-XF concept car (2007) teaser image

Published: 15 December 2006

Jaguar has issued this tantalising teaser of its new XF – the car that will replace the S-type exec next year.

The covers will be whisked off this concept car at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2007 proving that, finally, Jaguar is throwing off its stuffy image after years of safe, retro-styled saloons. Although this tightly cropped teaser shot doesn’t reveal the whole car, it’s plain to see that the new S-type will look forwards, not over its shoulder at the famous saloons in Jag’s potted history. A rakish roofline suggests that the XF concept will put the emphasis on cool, rather than accommodation. Think Merc CLS, rather than E-class, and you get the thinking behind this car. However, the production version will have proper space for adults front and rear, insiders vow.

The production XF will bow in at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 2007, with UK sales kicking off in early ’08. New styling is wrapped around the existing S-type platform, so expect to see familiar engines: a 2.7-litre V6 diesel, plus V6 and V8 petrol motors.

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet

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