Jaguar's new contender in the midsized prestige sedan fight, the so-called 'XS', will reportedly make its global debut sometime in the middle of 2014.
That's according to website Just Auto, which spoke with Jaguar design boss Ian Callum at this month's Delhi Auto Show in India.
The interview offers no direct reference to launch timing for the new model, however, so fans should take the report with a grain of salt.
"We certainly need a smaller saloon in the range to give the Jaguar brand greater visibility on the road and we can't do that with a three-car range," Callum told the website.
The new sedan is likely not far away, but most reports in the past year have pointed to a debut either much later in 2014, or early in 2015.
Whatever the production model's launch date, it is possible that Jaguar will at least reveal a preview in the coming months - perhaps as soon as June's Goodwood Festival of Speed, where its F-TYPE Project 7 concept previously appeared.
In the same interview, Callum confirmed that a production version of Jaguar's C-X17 is still on the cards, although it is further down the pecking order.
"As for the C-X17, we are still quite small in automotive terms so we have to prioritise what we do. While we have a mission and an expectation to grow, we have to balance this with cost and benefit," Callum said.
"We also have a sister company that is very good at making premium SUVs."
Elsewhere, Callum is focused on refreshing the brand's current range, including a styling and technology update for the flagship XJ limo.
"I am even working a facelift for the F-Type already. My target now is a family of cars that will be instantly recognised as Jaguars; we are still not quite there and it's a real challenge."
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