Jaguar Teases Long-Wheelbase XF Headed To Beijing

by under News on 15 Apr 2016 12:32:12 PM15 Apr 2016

There's a longer Jaguar XF headed for a debut at the Beijing Auto Show to compete with similar offerings from the German big-three.

Jaguar Teases Long-Wheelbase XF Headed To Beijing

For the Beijing Auto Show, Jaguar will be unveiling a long-wheelbase version of their XF mid-size saloon. In a country where rear legroom is a prime factor in the car purchasing matrix, it makes sense for the British automaker to roll out a longer version of a popular model to drive even more sales.

Details are scant as to if there is anything to differentiate this newer and longer XF from any of its shorter-wheelbase siblings apart from overall length, but we expect it to be a exactly that and nothing more.

Jaguar Teases Long-Wheelbase XF Headed To Beijing

Jaguar’s competitors in the Chinese automobile market already do offer longer wheelbase versions of the XF’s rivals: the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class – and finding modest success with buyers looking for a comparable experience of a larger limousine but in a more compact and more affordable package.

Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR) will reportedly be constructing this new XF L at the Chery Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing facility in Changshu (in partnership with Chery Automobile), the first such factory in China devoted to constructing aluminium vehicle shells.

Jaguar Teases Long-Wheelbase XF Headed To Beijing

Speaking of Changshu, JLR was also due to begin production of their Ingenium engines in late 2015 through a new engine plant there but has been hit with delays.

As it stands, the current generation XF sold in China uses either a Ford-sourced 2.0-litre turbocharge four-cylinder petrol engine or their 3.0-litre petrol V6, both mated to an eight-speed ZF transmission. Since the locally-produced new-generation Ingenium mills have yet to begin rolling off the production line, the new XF L will likely share the standard-wheelbase XF’s engine line.

Check our Showroom for prices and specifications on the XF and the rest of Jaguar's range of models.

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