• Dec 6, 2006

With the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class getting mixed reviews on their quirky styling, the Jaguar XJ sedan remains one of the most elegant luxury sedans on the market. Not to rest on its laurels, though, Jaguar is apparently preparing a mild face-lift of its range-topping sedan.

The subtle update appears to be purely cosmetic. From the spy shots we can see that most of the bodywork will carry over unchanged, with just a few tweaks at the front, back and on the side of the front fenders. Ironically, with the body-cladding, the XJ looks more like a BMW up front, where the revised version will get what appears to be a new airdam and possibly an evolved grille and/or headlights. Around back the big cat is treated to a new rear bumper. And the test mule appears to be wearing side-vents like those on the top-of-the-line Portfolio trim level, which could indicate that the air vents will trickle down through the full model range.

Jaguar's still got a long way to go before it can pose a serious challenge to the big German marques, but that won't stop it from trying.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a 2002 XJR and love it. The car does everything right. It is, however, time for a modern redesign. Make it a little longer, a little wider, reduce the overhang on both ends and give it a body that would give a man a woodie like the XKE did. I'll be first in line.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That 2008 is just a slight freshening before they try to correct their huge error, which has almost put them under.
      HISTORY AGAIN, GUYS -- the original XJ was a replacement for the smaller Jag (I remember not being able to sit in the back seat at the Auto Show in 1968) and was made longer a few years later.
      What they stupidly did on the current XJ was:
      1- make a larger car like the MarkX/420G that was above the first XJ and NEVER sold worth a pin in the US. Probably they were tired of hearing their car called uncompetitive in interior room.
      2- ignore that Buick, Chrysler, Lincoln, and others had already produced larger versions of the old XJ styling, perhaps blindly thinking that a tired Jag copy with a Jag label would be valid.
      2- also ignore that A JAGUAR IS A SLEEK, LITHE, CATLIKE CAR -- at least the ones which sell are.

      I do not blame Jaguar but Ford bean counters. All FOMOCO lines in the early 2000s were bland, supposedly safe rehashes, which is why the company is on its Axx now. I am sure Jaguar was ordered to break no new ground.
      There was also talk that the new aluminum bodies were restricted in styling by production technique limitations.
      • 8 Years Ago
      to me it looks like another care of the "Blue devil" :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone who has truly driven the big three Mercedes
      BMW and Lexus will tell you that the JAG outdoes them all. It has the best overall performance and is the classiest.
      Try them all out and you will agree. Not to mention it is by far the best value for the money
      • 8 Years Ago
      The S-Type is on the DEW98 platform, shared with the LS and Mustang. The XJ is on a new aluminium platform it shares only with the XK.
      • 8 Years Ago
      *snore* looks like a jaguar when the only think you have to hide is the bumper, then it is not worth hiding. I think it is time to put the Jaguar down, that part of the zoo is closed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with you Michael.

      This is supposed to be Jaguar's top sedan? It is very bland, very Ford-like and certainly not in league with its competition, the S-class, 7-series and LS (Lexus).

      I think the c-pillar is particularly weak, and that probably can't be fixed in this generation.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Do you people not realize that regular old FORD people in Dearborn do not make the decisions on how these cars look? Jaguar is OWNED by Ford not DEMONICALLY CONTROLLED by Ford. Jaguar is run by Jaguar people and Ford does very little tinkering in the process. It's not like they're sending a bunch of backwater Dearbornites across the pond to ruin all things Jaguar. Jaguars are designed by Brits in Great Britain, so if you don't like the car, blame them, not Ford. Shut yer gobs and go have some fish and chips.

      And in my opinion I think the current XJ is the best one yet. Its still sleek and sexy but far more athletic now. It hearkens back to the XJ's from the 80's WAY more then the last one did. The last one looked dumpy. The 80's versions looked lithe and smooth, just like this one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yawn!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone who has truly driven the big three Mercedes
      BMW and Lexus will tell you that the JAG outdoes them all. It has the best overall performance and is the classiest.
      Try them all out and you will agree. Not to mention it is by far the best value for the money
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's terrible! This is their top level auto? Wow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Jaguars are designed by Brits in Great Britain, so if you don't like the car, blame them, not Ford. Shut yer gobs and go have some fish and chips."

      What platform is it on? The Lincoln LS platform. And some interior parts were shared with Ford cars, so yes Ford DOES impact its design.

      "And in my opinion I think the current XJ is the best one yet. "

      Fortunately, most people disagree, and the sales prove it.