• Oct 27th 2006 at 1:52PM
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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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