• Oct 27, 2006
The Jaguar XK has been out on the streets for less than a year and already Ford's most feline of brands is readying an update for the car's front end. These spy shots show a new air intake up front that's been reshaped to give the car a "smile". Indeed, though most will readily admit the XK has a gorgeous shape, its front end is undoubtedly the car's most contentious feature. To some the ovular center grille makes the very expensive XK look like a low budget 1996 Ford Taurus. We never had a problem with it, choosing instead to see the obvious visual link to Jaguar's most famous model, the E-Type. Nevertheless, perhaps Jaguar is fussing with the XK's face in order to make it look less sad and droopy. A car's "face" has always intrigued us here at Autoblog, as it's so easy to anthropomorphize a car's design and assign it corresponding moods. We often refer to the shape of many headlights today as "angry eyes" or to a large grille as a "gaping maw". Truly, the expression on a car's "face" even the has the power to sway someone's opinion about the vehicle in general, which is why it's not at all surprising that Jaguar would put the XK's face under the knife so soon after its introduction.
[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, the author of this article found such a delicate and polite way of basically saying that the current XK face looks like a sad, puffy eyed, beaten baby seal and needs to be fixed.

      Personally I believe it's the XK headlights more than the Taurus grille that's the problem. You need to flow up at the ends of the lights into the fenders, like every other sports car, otherwise it looks like the eyes are crying. And no one likes a crying sports car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi fellow readers, please not that this is the new XKR, not a redesign.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1: You may be right about it being super high-po version of the XK-R, as they may have been just testing the front clip. The rest of the car aside fromt the vents on the hood look stock, i.e. not more high performance than normal. Although, is that an intercooler peeking out from the lower air intake? Don't get to down on WCF though, they're just going by what the spy photographer tells them he or she saw.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The minor change made a big difference.

      I'd hate to be an owner of the current 07 model. Residual values probably fell 10% on the news of this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      IMO, that style of grille has been tainted by the Taurus, and will remain so for the next 10 years or so, just as that style of headlight has been tainted by the cavalier.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Read that article, too, Victor. Was great insight into the Ford Taurus-Jaguar XK debate. Well, not debate, but you get the idea.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is the test of the NEW JAG V8 5,0 litre for XKRR and S-Type II
      • 8 Years Ago
      the headlights and taillights kill this car for me

      even the original ones they stole from Mazda look better

      seems like Ford borrowed from the wrong brand to fix up this XK
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jaguars have always captured a special place in the gay buyers heart.

      The leaping pussy on the hood mirrors the personality of the gay buyer purrfectly.

      Now with this extra smile at the front end may be it will win the love of more gay professionals. At least in jaguar, there is one brand purrfectly designed for the gays.

      I always chuckle whenever I see gays transsexuals and bi's driving around proudly in their jags. Truly a sign of freedom in this great land.

      As for us straights, we too have our brands such as porsche, lotus, and infiniti. Raw horsepower, passion and technological excellence.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought the Taurus look on the XK was selling just fine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The XK is a terrific grand tourer. It really is. I tested one out and it was more bang for the buck than the Vantage. The one thing I found terrible was the styling. The back end was straight off an Aston and the front was 100% Taurus. You'd think that with all the money Ian Callum makes, he would have realized how much the XK looked like a Taurus. This was a costly foul-up. Callum should be fired.
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