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Mr Jaguar
12-06-2006, 09:47 AM
Caught: the restyled Jag XJ

Coventry is remodelling its luxury saloon in an effort to bring a fresher face to the range.

Troubled Jaguar is working on a facelifted version of its slow-selling XJ saloon. The car, caught here our exlusive spyshots, will feature a new front and rear end, and a slightly revised interior.

Sales of the XJ have suffered as a result of its old-fashioned looks, despite the advanced aluminium body that lies underneath. The facelift, which will be unveiled at next year's Geneva show in March, will use some styling cues from the limited-edition Portfolio XJ.

The biggest change will be a double-height grille that will run above and below the bumper, with the number plate mount in the middle. The shape previews the new Jaguar saloon grille which we'll see on the forthcoming S-type. It's much squarer and deeper than today's item.

New bumpers front and rear will also help to freshen the XJ's appearance, with reworked intakes and foglights. The test car in these pictures also showes some disguise around the headlights, suggesting a reworking of the Jaguar's characteristic double-lamp set-up. The rear lights will stay the same, but expect some sheetmetal changes to the rear of the bootlid.

Don't expect much in the way of interior changes, though - they will come with the all-new XJ in 2009.

Mr Jaguar

12-10-2006, 12:30 AM
than the 350 ...

12-11-2006, 01:08 PM
My '05 VDP has been absolutely flawless. Better in everyway than my '99 XJ8.

12-13-2006, 11:21 PM

12-14-2006, 11:11 AM
Best car I've ever owned. Mind you, I loved my previous XJ8, and it was very reliable. The VDP is just dynamically so much better because of the aluminum chassis. We take it on trips a lot (our son lives in Houston and we're in PA), and it is an amazing interstate cruiser. On our last two trips we've averaged a solid 29 mpg overall; not too shabby for this size auto. I figure it's the low weight and that great six speed trans. Our only problem is fighting over who gets to sit in the back seat, with the tray table down, laptop on, sipping coffee.

12-17-2006, 02:16 AM

12-17-2006, 02:17 AM

12-17-2006, 11:31 AM
Yes it does. The only thing that isn't right is some of the plastics in the interior. It feels much more like a Jag should in handling and in the powertrain than the previous car by a long shot.

12-17-2006, 11:33 AM
and it's much more reliable than the old car. In fact the new XJ is almost up there with Lexus according to 9/10 reliablity surveys. Excluding CR which does not update often for Jaguar.

Mr Jaguar
12-17-2006, 02:36 PM

12-18-2006, 08:18 PM
No, it does not have that British feel. While reliabilty may have improve it does not hit the mark when it comes to looks. The car looks bloated. It is not sleek. The proportions are off. Mercedes is having huge success with the CLS. This is the car that Jaguar should have designed. Jaguar has been making four door coupes for years. But instead of marleting Jaguars positive they are trying to hard to assimilate(sp?). I do have hope for Jaguar design now that Ian Callum is at the helm of design. The new XK is superb in all aspects save for the dash layout. I drove one this weekend and fell in love.

12-21-2006, 09:05 AM
Obviously we have different views on that "special Jaguar feeling" as I take that as in how it drives and actually feels. I have no problem with the looks. In fact I hate the previous car's looks. I love that it was low and sleek but it wasn't curvy enough. It was too square.

12-22-2006, 04:01 AM
"special britishness feel" as in a responsive chassis?

I've drove an X350 XJR in early 2004 and loved it. I can still recall the curves of the hood from the driver's seat, the responsive power and smooth power, etc.

12-22-2006, 04:05 AM
The wheels in the last picture remind me of the 2005 XK8's optional wheels.

12-27-2006, 02:51 PM
I wont sell my 308...

12-28-2006, 12:12 AM

04-15-2007, 08:19 PM
I recently (and reluctantly) traded in my 2000 XJ8 for a 2005 XJ VDP.
While I think the older body style is far more sleek and elegant, there is no comparison in the ride and feel between the two.
The New beats the Old hands down.
While in my mind I may have given up some exterior elegance, I feel it was more than made up for by the newer interior and superior handling.
However, to appease my taste for a more classic british driving experience,I also bought a 2001 XK8. So now I feel I have the best of both worlds. Thank god for mid-life crisis (that's the excuse I used anyway).

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