As the name suggests, the XEL is a long-wheelbase version of the XE compact executive saloon, which slots it right beneath the XFL and XJL.
Recently spotted testing at a track, we can clearly see a longer rear door compared to the standard XE though exact measurements have not been released. MotorAuthority believes the size difference should be similar to what we’ve seen with the XFL, around an additional 6.2 inches in length compared to its XE sibling.
The extra length should appeal to potential buyers in China, where having a driver on hand is not all that uncommon.
Aside from its length, there seems to be no other major changes to the vehicle’s design. Though we may see Jaguar switch from the less powerful engines offered with the regular XE because the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines can only produce up to 247bhp and that may not be enough to move the longer chassis.
We can also expect to see a few extra luxury interior features on offer including a rear infotainment screen, some kind of entertainment system, electric side window blinds, tables, and more.
Expected to debut late this year or early next year at a major Chinese auto show, the XEL will not be sold outside of China.