• Feb 28, 2007
click above image for 14 pics of the 2008 Jaguar XJ

Jaguar will be unveiling a freshened XJ at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show next week, which it hopes will help the large luxury sedan stay relevant until its replacement reportedly arrives in 2010. The changes are few and include a revised front end with a wonky new air inlet below the grille and new fog lamps in a revised front bumper. The big cat also gets XJ-style vents aft of the front wheels and a subtle wing on the rear deck. Three new colors and three new wheel designs will also be available. Inside the 2008 XJ are new seats that Jaguar claims are more comfortable and take up less space, which increases leg room for rear passengers.

The aluminum chassis remains, of course, as does the same engine lineup as the current model. AutoWeek, however, reports that the XJ will share its future engine lineup with the upcoming XF sedan. We've learned already that the XF will feature an intriguing engine lineup that includes a base 4.2L V8, a supercharged 4.2L V8 producing 420 hp and a supercharged 5.0L V8 producing around 500 hp in the range-topping R-badged models. So we can expect all three engines for the fully redesigned 2010 XJ, as well.

[Source: AutoExpress, AutoWeek]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The sad thing is, this car's not even that more ugly than its immediate predecessor was. It was a slow process that started years ago - and the process has now reached its all-time maximum effect. Just to make a point, and educate those poor souls that mistakenly quip things like 'looks sharp', have a look at the launch brochure of the very first XJ6:

      http://www.jag-lovers.org/brochures/xj6_9-68.html

      The difference is shocking. From angelically beautiful and styleful to a horrific mix of a Ford Mondeo and a Ford Mustang. With wheels from Pimp My Ride. I guess the part that saddens me the most is that the new design just oozes 'playing safe', and unpassionate, uninterested even, design. Bah.


      • 7 Years Ago
      I love it --- look at the side profile - sharp; looks agressive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Complain all you want this is the last symbol of the British Empire. It seems that all future Jags will look like Lexus clones. The XF (old S Type) doesn't feel British at all, but more of a Maserati/Lexus want-a be,
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a tragic turn of events! This is the official demise of Jag. The car is now cartoonish and it will not make it in the luxury segment. As I was telling my dad about this over dinner tonight, his comment to me was, "...boy, Ford really is run by some clueless people." This coming from a 63 year old man who has driven Explorers for the last 15 years. SAD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What the bloody hell were they thinking with that new front? It looks horrible.

      I've always loved the XJ - it has always had that whiff of prestige to it, and now they've gone and made it ugly..
      • 7 Years Ago
      They can't address the main aesthetic problem of the car without a full redesign. Transfering the classic XJ lines onto the new sedan's much taller, thicker body just didn't work. They lost the leanness that used to characterize the XJ.

      My initial review of the XJ:

      http://www.epinions.com/content_107925048964

      My review of the XJR:

      http://www.epinions.com/content_184178413188

      Aside from a new design, Jaguar desperately needs a new generation of engines. Maybe the new 5.0 will do the trick at the top end, but they need 350+ horsepower NA V8, and a 300+ horsepower NA six for the XF.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks a lot like ///M took an XJ and sold it back (At least in front). Doesn't look too good on the Jag, though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, well, at least it looks happy!
      • 7 Years Ago
      JD, the leaper is in the first photo but not the rest.

      Hood ornaments aren't allowed in Europe anyway B/C of restrained safety laws. The famous RR "flying lady" retracts when touched, so they can use it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Brain fart. I meant to say, "pedestrian safety laws."
      • 7 Years Ago
      Agreed! Just a glorified Taurus. Boring!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't care what anyone says, I still love you XJ!

      Slap some British Racing Green on there, and tell me it doesn't look great.
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