As Seen In Geneva: 2008 Jaguar XJ

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A bunch of these pics ended up making their way out onto the interwebs prior to the show, but frankly, because the look hasn't changed that much since the 2007 model, we just really weren't in the biggest rush to kick these pictures out the front door. But, now that the Geneva rush is beginning to pass, we'll slow down a little, and stop and smell the roses — something we're assuming the buyer of a 2008 XJ might want to do. Because when FoMoCo is pushing the angle of "raising the standard for luxury cars" yet the only visual changes are "an unmistakably purposeful appearance, a look complemented by the new side power vents, lower body sills and a subtle rear aero spoiler" our eyes just glaze over. If yours don't, the full press release is below the jump and we've got a gallery below of the new XJ's "Bold Moves."



Jaguar has again raised the standard for luxury cars with a new generation of the XJ sedan. The flagship of the Jaguar range benefits from visual changes, technological advances and additional features on all 2008 model year cars. Already renowned for its all-aluminum body construction, state-of-the-art technologies and outstanding craftsmanship and build quality, the new XJ is now even more desirable.

The key developments for every new XJ model include a more contemporary, assertive and sporting exterior look and significant improvements to the renowned interiors, as well as the latest intuitive in-car technology.

An all-new, distinctive design for the XJ's front gives the 2008 model an unmistakably purposeful appearance, a look complemented by the new side power vents, lower body sills and a subtle rear aero spoiler.

Inside the 2008 Model Year XJ cabin an all-new seat design offers major benefits in comfort and support, while customers will also have the option of adding an advanced air-cooling system to their heated front seats.

Jaguar's stated aim of introducing technology that enhances rather than impairs the driving experience is underlined by the addition of a new Digital Radio system that offer superb sound quality and enhanced functionality. A substantially improved Bluetooth system also allows passengers to pair up to five approved mobile phones with the in-car telephone, which automatically stores and synchronizes phonebooks and 'last number dialed' lists every time a phone is connected.

New 2008 Model Year XJ At a Glance

* New contemporary exterior styling for more assertive and sporting appearance - including revised front-end design, new side power vents, rear aero spoiler, full width chrome 'signature blade' and new rear bumper.
* Revised interior with all-new seat design for improved comfort and support. Heated front seats standard across the range with optional air-cooling also available.
* Increased rear leg and foot room thanks to redesigned front seat backs, which also allow easier access to the back seats.
* New 19-inch Polaris, Vela and Carelia alloy wheels introduced (depending on market and model).
* Three new exterior paint colors adds to customer choice.
* XJ range offers a choice of V8 engines including the 300bhp naturally-aspirated and 400bhp 4.2-liter supercharged V8.
* All-aluminum body construction ensures sports-car handling, supreme comfort and significant fuel savings over equivalent steel-bodied cars.
* Every XJ comes with sophisticated safety features such as Computer Active Technology Suspension, Advanced Restraint Technology System, Automatic Speed Limiter and optional Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
* Latest Bluetooth connectivity allows up to five approved phones to be paired to the in-car telephone system.


When Jaguar's ground-breaking all-aluminum XJ luxury saloon range was launched in 2004, its remarkable lightweight body helped the car to set new standards in handling, precision and refinement. The aluminum monocoque design is 60% stiffer and 40% lighter than the model it replaced and these major improvements translate into real customer benefits.

Its advanced construction means that even a long-wheelbase XJ model is lighter than many of its key competitors' standard wheelbase platforms. T hanks to that reduced weight the car can accelerate faster, stop more quickly and turn more purposefully. And, it achieves all this without compromising in other areas, for the new XJ range also benefits from superb fuel economy and range, improved rigidity and safety, as well as exceptional ride and comfort.

Since its 2004 introduction the XJ range has been further improved with a long wheelbase version, a 4.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, and advanced technologies such as acoustic laminated glass, active engine mounts and Computer Active Technology Suspension (CATS).

CATS is used to ensure outstanding body control, refinement and handling. The system constantly monitors the XJ's lightweight suspension and air springs to offer complete comfort when cruising, and total control and responsiveness when called for by automatically lowering and leveling the suspension. The result is awesome high-speed stability and improved aerodynamic efficiency whenever the XJ is called upon to perform.

A couple of technologically advanced engines power the 2008 XJ range. The mighty 300bhp 4.2-liter V8 and its 400bhp supercharged equivalent provide the seamless drive and torque you would expect from any top-of-the-range Jaguar capable of reaching 60mph in as short a time as five seconds flat.

A six-speed automatic transmission provides smooth and sensationally quick gear changes, and even helps with further weight loss thanks to its compact design. Its ability to handle the high torque outputs of the XJ engine range also allows the gearbox to use higher gears more effectively, helping to lower fuel consumption further.

Class-leading technological advances such as Integrated Acoustic Dampening (IAD) guarantee exceptional levels of refinement and a blissfully quiet cabin environment. IAD uses special acoustic absorbing materials and airtight seals between the hood and engine compartment to dramatically reduce engine noise. Acoustic laminated glass then further minimizes noise intrusion.

Thanks to ground-breaking technologies such as these, the 2008 XJ range defies the conventional wisdom that says a saloon can be dynamic or luxurious, but never both. It is, in contrast, a highly refined, sporting luxury car for people who love to drive.


The main evolution for the 2008 Model Year XJ is its new exterior design. Changes to the front, sides and rear of every model give the XJ a sportier, more muscular stance and clearly signal the advanced technology that lies at its core.

A new front bumper with revised mesh grilles is unmistakeably assertive, leaving no doubts as to the performance credentials of the new XJ. Jaguar Car's Director of Design, Ian Callum, explains the inspiration behind the new look:

"Every Jaguar must have a distinctive face, something that you cannot mistake if you catch a glimpse of it in your rear-view mirror as it powers up behind you. The new 2008 XJ range meets that challenge thanks to a new grille and bold new bumper style."

Set into the front bumper are new upper and lower mesh radiator grilles with chromed detailing that accentuates the car's major air intakes. Behind the front wheels two power vents (in aluminum finish on the supercharged XJR) match those introduced on the beautiful new XK sports car. Over the vents new door mirrors carry integrated indicator lights.

A fully reworked rear end displays a newly reshaped bumper, subtle aero spoiler and revised tailpipe finishers.

The 2008 Model Year XJ also enjoys significant improvements to its interior thanks to new heated front seats (with optional air cooling) which have been extensively redesigned to offer even more comfort and support.

Vehicle cabin air is drawn into the cushion and seat back heat exchanger units. The air is then heated or cooled and pumped to the top surface via channels formed within the seat. The perforated seat covers allow the conditioned air to pass through to the passenger.

Heated front seats will still be fitted as standard with the cooling element being available as an option (market and model dependent).

All XJ seats will have a new relaxed leather trim and rear-seat passengers will appreciate greater leg and foot room following revisions to the backs and lower cushions of the front seats.


Jaguar's intuitive technology has been designed to empower not overpower the driver. Features such as satellite navigation, Bluetooth TM and new digital radio systems are supported and controlled by a 7-inch Touch-screen or JaguarVoice control.

The 2008 Model Year XJ benefits from further user-friendly technology such as the latest Bluetooth connectivity system that allows users to connect up to five approved mobile phones to the car's own in-car telephone system. The car will then recognize and store the phonebooks, last number dialed lists and call stacks for every device it is paired with.

Passengers will also enjoy the latest, highest quality Digital Radio with the addition of new audio systems that give superb sound and enhanced functionality. The system will operate with both Satellite Digital Audio Receiver System (SDARS) and In Band On Channel (IBOC High line) more commonly known as 'HD Radio'. All XJ audio systems will retain the capability to receive analogue radio broadcasts as before.

* The entire XJ range carries further intuitive technologies that enhance the driving experience. Many of the car's main features can be controlled through JaguarVoice, a simple but highly effective voice command function.
* Other driver aids include Adaptive Cruise Control which uses microwave radar technology to detect slower cars ahead and adjusts the cruise control speed to maintain a constant distance from the vehicle in front.
* Advanced, state-of the-art safety features, such as Adaptive Restraint Technology System use ultrasonic technology to calculate appropriate airbag deployment and force, based on passenger weight and position. Side-curtain airbags, front seat thorax airbags and energy-absorbent front seat backrests ensure a safe driving experience for all occupants.


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The all-aluminum body of the 2002 X350 was a real advance for luxury cars; the worst thing Ford did to Jaguar was style it identically to the old X300/308 and fail to market it. Nobody ever noticed the new XJ and this refresh only makes the flagship look slightly worse. So sad.