Facelifted Jaguar XJ with minor cosmetic upgrades spied testing ahead of Geneva show
21 January 2015

These are the latest spy pictures of the facelifted Jaguar XJ, which is expected to be launched at the Geneva motor show in March.

Minor cosmetic changes to the front bumper are noticeable on this more exposed prototype, with the huge grille of the current model slightly downsized by making it less deep. This has freed up space below the grille for a slightly larger rectangular air intake.

Large intakes in the front lower corners of the bonnet now feature a bigger, cleaner design. At the rear, the changes to the bumper are less dramatic and appear to centre on a restyling of the lower insert, which contains the tailpipes.

Jaguar Land Rover’s all-new infotainment system, called InControl, is expected to feature in the facelifted XJ. It will be launched first in the Jaguar XE and Land Rover Discovery Sport and is also expected to appear in the facelifted Range Rover Evoque.

Displayed through an 8.0in touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, it allows the driver to start the car and pre-heat the cabin via a smartphone app, while the vehicle remains locked. The system also features an in-car wi-fi hotspot and vehicle tracking technology.

An updated version of the Jaguar XJR is also likely to be revealed next year alongside the facelifted XJ.

Spied winter testing near to the Nürburgring in Germany last year, the revised XJR features new front and rear bumper designs, with larger lower air intakes at the front. The rear bumper appears to feature a mild redesign but still incorporates the four exhaust tips of the current model.

The XJR is powered by a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine with 542bhp. That same engine is also set to appear in the hot new Range Rover Sport, which is also in development at the Nurburgring.

Our Verdict

Jaguar XJ

The Jaguar XJ is a thoroughly modern luxury saloon, and a brilliantly capable one

Join the debate

Comments
34

1 November 2013
.......about all the comments (and there were many) about that horrible black "C" pillar. New bumpers? Big deal. Jaguar, if you want this car to look good in any colour other than black, sort out the only thing that was wrong with it.

1 November 2013
The biggest design issues are the black 'C' Pillars and the bland boot lid, which look unchanged, my favourite external design feature was the huge front grille which is shrunk. Not an improvement imo.

1 November 2013
Are the designers at Jaguar mad? Doing a face lift and not sorting out the back of this car and in particular the rear pillars is crazy

18 January 2014
I agree - totally - with all of the above !!

Does anyone at Jaguar pay attention ?!

Such "feedback" is made in a positive and constructive manner by folk with a high regard for Jaguar. It is becoming increasingly evident with the company’s wilful disregard and distain of such "feedback", that Jaguar is now afflicted with the arrogant and corrosive malady, usually referred to as "Not Invented Here" !! :(

21 January 2015
having been to one of their focus groups, all us Mercedes, BMW, and Audi owners that went, where quiet happy to get back onto our cars knowing nothing of interest was coming....yes we where filmed and all the big designers where sitting there behind the scenes...seems they just carried on as normal happy with what they create....

21 January 2015
having been to one of their focus groups, all us Mercedes, BMW, and Audi owners that went, where quiet happy to get back onto our cars knowing nothing of interest was coming....yes we where filmed and all the big designers where sitting there behind the scenes...seems they just carried on as normal happy with what they create....

1 November 2013
.. the black C-pillars! I think they look great, and give the car a distinctive look.

1 November 2013
[quote=simon_ingram].. the black C-pillars! I think they look great, and give the car a distinctive look.[/quote] +1 Those numbers say there can't be that much wrong with it. All i need is a lottery win............

2 November 2013
[quote=devil's advocate][quote=simon_ingram].. the black C-pillars! I think they look great, and give the car a distinctive look.[/quote] +1 Those numbers say there can't be that much wrong with it. All i need is a lottery win............[/quote] To which sales/production figures are you referring? Compared to the three main German manufacturers' performance in the “luxury” market segment, the sales of Jaguars “luxury” XJ are (still) miniscule and consequently an embarrassment - as frequently acknowledged by Adrian Hallmark. :(

17 January 2014
devil's advocate wrote:
simon_ingram wrote:

.. the black C-pillars! I think they look great, and give the car a distinctive look.

+1

Those numbers say there can't be that much wrong with it. All i need is a lottery win............

Rubbish. Much as I'd love to see different, the sale are 23% up on "dreadful".

Sales were much higher than this ten years ago: for example 120,570 in 2003

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer