Europe's flagship luxury sedans don't go through their lifecycles quite as quickly as other models need to, but with the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class hitting the road, Jaguar must feel it's time for a little update for its XJ sedan. And as these spy shots demonstrate, that's just what it has in store.

Falling firmly in the subtle-facelift category (as opposed to the full refresh), the placement of the camouflage on this new XJ appears to be hiding new fascias front and rear. Reshaped bumpers, trunk lid, grille and air apertures seem to be part of the impending facelift, but for better or worse, those black rear pillars seem to be staying put.

While Jaguar's at it, we can expect some updates to the cabin as well, with upgraded infotainment, ambient lighting and such. But don't go expecting anything radical at this stage. The XJ has been on the market for about four years, and it'll be another few before it demands a complete overhaul.


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      • 1 Year Ago
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      traction_control
      • 1 Year Ago
      As others have said, those blacked-out C-pillars are awful. The design of the car has grown on me, but those black rear C-pillars look bad. They are tacky and tasteless on a car that’s supposed to be classy and elegant. I get that Jaguar was trying to step out and be different, but that’s the wrong kind of different. Get rid of those, and the car will be infinitely better. I bet more people buy the XJ in black color just so the black C-pillars blend in. I know I would.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm another non-fan of the black plastic c pillar. It really mars the effect of the car. Otherwise it's quite nice.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car is fine, they just need to replace the infotainment system and get rid of the stupid blacked out C pillars. Some of the cheap plastic buttons on the interior need to go also.
      adam1keith1980
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saw one today. This car has road presence and looks special compared to the S-class, 7-series, and LS-series that are everywhere on the street. It could compete with the Bentley Flying Spur and RR Ghost in terms of uniqueness but for way less money.
      safeerexus
      • 1 Year Ago
      The XJ really doesn't need a facelift IMO. The styling is striking as it is & despite many negative reactions to the blacked out C-pillars, that's a far more palatable design quirk than Lexus' idiotic spindle grille. Anyway this upgrade appears to have the self parking feature (sonar sensors on the front & rear bumper flanks) & a 'V8' badge on the fender.
      Carmaker1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've seen the updates to the X351 already and can say this prototype being lightly disguised as it is, can almost be called a "mule". I'll let the press relations and marketing personnel detail the rest of that on their own time. The more interesting thing is that while I don't have direct access to the X360 design programme, I've seen the conceptual direction it went in. I hopefully might work on components for test vehicles utilizing the X351 body come January and see the final car as a reference.
      JJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      I heard that the grill will be less deep on the facelift , although that's sounds good it doesn't show in these pics, I'd really like to see the number plates moved up to the boot lid rather being on thee number.
        safeerexus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JJ
        I prefer the clean & featureless trunk lid design as it is. With the vertical taillamps, it looks rather elegant. The XJ is clearly a 'love it' 'hate it' sort of design I guess.
        JJ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JJ
        * the bumper
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