What is it?
Jaguar’s XJ saloon, updated to give it greater presence, especially in the US.
To this end it gets an additional grille let into a deeper, bluffer front bumper that happens to alter the car’s aerodynamics sufficiently that a lip spoiler now decorates the bootlid.
Implying the athleticism that we know is there are deeper sills that drop this Jag closer to earth, and vertical vents in its front wings. They expel air too, though whether this materially improves brake performance no-one could say.
The front wing side repeaters have migrated to the outer edges of the door mirrors, ensuring a bigger bill should you smash one, a chrome plinth spans the bootlid, the exhaust tail-pipes are new and the chrome blades of the previous bumpers have gone. ‘You should be able to see it 200-300 metres away and recognise it,’ says Jaguar design boss Ian Callum.
What's it like?
The changes certainly are recognisable, but while the lower grille and flanking air intakes look good, the bumpers themselves seem too clunky for the rest of the car. Which also receives a few improvements.
Most useful are new front seats, now optionally available with air-cooling, the opportunity taken to widen them between the bolsters (a nod to the sometimes ample types who drive XJs) and reshape backrest and cushion to yield more rear knee and legroom.