First spy pics of facelifted XF show XJ-inspired styling changes; estate model to join the range

Jaguar’s facelifted XF saloon has been spied for the first time ahead of its launch in 2012.

Jaguar’s mid-life refresh for its BMW 5-series rival includes XJ-inspired styling changes; the cladding on the test car hides a mildly re-engineered front end with new headlamps and a larger grille.

See the first spy pics of the facelifted Jaguar XF saloon

Changes to the rear, including a new light design and bumper, are also expected, as are improvements to the XF’s interior.

A range of new engines is expected to appear in the updated car: a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder Ford/PSA diesel unit (currently used by Land Rover) is heavily tipped to join the range to power a new entry-level model.

Power from this engine in the XF will be around 200bhp. Jaguar will introduce ZF’s eight-speed automatic gearbox to the range at the same time.

Read more on the Jaguar XF estate, including Autocar's exclsuive rendering

The facelifted saloon’s launch is expected to coincide with the debut of a fastback, sporting estate version of the XF.

Expect elegant styling incorporating a shade more practicality to be the defining features in this model, rather than a Volvo-style cavernous load area.

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Our Verdict

Jaguar XF 2008-2015
The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

The Jaguar XF is a sublime British executive saloon. It has a tremendous interior and even greater dynamics

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16 September 2010

I have been waiting for this facelift, and that is good. Its a fine car, but I did not like the headlamp and the front grille. Make it more like the XJ, with a stronger front end. I hope the front will be like the XF concept car. Hope the "new" XF will come with a 2,2 litr. diesel 4 syl., but make it sound like a V6 diesel, please.

16 September 2010

Barely out the factory door as a new model and it has a face-lift?

16 September 2010

[quote Los Angeles]Barely out the factory door as a new model and it has a face-lift?[/quote]

It'll be almost 4 years old when the facelifted version arrives.

Also, if ever a car needed a facelift it was the xf. It's a gorgeous car ruined by awful headlights.

16 September 2010

Autocar - I'd imagine it'd be the same 2.2 PSA/LR unit that's just been detailed in the upcoming Pug 508 - 204hp and the Freelander...

16 September 2010

[quote Los Angeles]Barely out the factory door as a new model and it has a face-lift?[/quote]

Oh come on LA, that's a bit weak isn't it? You're better than that. Of course it's due a facelift- of course it needs a facelift. Virtually all other manufacturers facelift or revamp at 4 or 5 years but when Jag does it it's worthy of criticism?


16 September 2010

I saw this in a layby on the A435 last week and wondered what was going on as unusually it was disguised only front and back. At the same moment I saw the Police XF coming past on the opposite side of the dual carriageway. I thought at the time if maybe they were doing some trails with an unmarked police modification version... so its a facelift then.

16 September 2010

[quote Los Angeles]

Barely out the factory door as a new model and it has a face-lift?

[/quote] that comment goes to show you know nothing about the automotive industry the car was shown to the public at the back end of 2007, it's first customers had the cars in March 2008. the car STILL looks striking, as for the comments about the lights, it is all self opinion, i like them, i think they look great, there were perfectly good reasons why the CXF lights at that time could not be used. It is being sorted now ready for the facelift.

16 September 2010

Hmm pictures show a left hand drive on the right side of the road and it looks like somewhere in europe. I should have stopped and snapped the one saw...it was alot nearer the Coventry factory!

jer

16 September 2010

For volume sales in the UK and perhaps the rest of Europe that 2.2 needed to be a launch car not 4 years in. I wonder was it a product mistake ? was the 2.2 not ready in 200hp form ? 175 not enough in weighty Jag ?

Jag have got to anticipate better what will sell like others do. This not only brings volume but also credibility as in this market as leading not following.

16 September 2010

That's not fair really. JLR have limited means and, credit to them, are doing incredibly well with what they do have. There are some perceptive people on this forum and JLR are clearly doing what needs to be done as quickly as they can. They get a lot of flack for maiming the cars(RR and last XJ) with facelifts but that's what the US Market demands... Given the emphasis on the US, Russia, India and China I think it's remarkable they have the 2.2 ready at all. What they must do is get it in the XJ - I am sure they will. That would put them ahead of the competition at a stroke.

Bring back steel wheels.

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