Jaguar has confirmed it’s developing a long-wheelbase variant of the XF exclusively for the Chinese market.
Set to debut later this month in Beijing, the XF L is aimed squarely at similarly-stretched variants of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW 5 Series, and the Audi A6. Jaguar’s teaser image reveals little, but recent spy shots taken in China suggest that the L is all but identical to the regular XF save for a few extra inches of sheet metal between the rear wheels that free up extra leg room for the occupants riding in the back.
Clearly, the XF L is aimed at buyers who spend little to no time behind the wheel. Its cabin is identical to the regular XF’s from the front passengers’ perspective, but the rear passengers benefit from additional features such as more business class-like power-reclining seats upholstered with soft leather, and a rear seat entertainment system.
Jaguar is expected to offer the XF L with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 tuned to make 380 horsepower. Both mills will shift through an automatic transmission.
The Jaguar XF L will go on sale in China shortly after it makes its debut at the biennial Beijing Auto Show. At the time of writing it doesn’t sound like the British car maker will sell its stretched sedan on our shores or in Europe.