Our U.K. operative has just snapped our first look at the mid-cycle facelift for the 2009 Jag XK--in both XK and XKR trim.
Visual changes consist of new front bumpers with new outer air-inlets below the headlights. Judging from the surface development that appears to differ on the prototypes, the 2009 Jaguar XK and XKR variants will get unique styling touches. New taillights are also in the works, with a greater percentage of red-lens and clear signs that LEDs will be employed. The rear bumpers on both prototypes also show signs of a redesign.
When the XK first bowed, it was saddled with a clunky power-retractable antenna; a quick fix for 2008 saw the antenna integrated into the rear spoiler. These new prototypes show that Jag is finally bringing the XK up-to-date both visually and technologically, with the addition of a proper shark-fin antenna applied to the deck lid.
No serious engine upgrades are expected, but Jaguar will be applying the 2009 Jaguar XF
's Jaguar Drive transmission interface to the XK, thus modernizing and streamlining the Jaguar lineup. We expect that the interior changes necessary for this will inspire some visual and material upgrades to the XK's interior.
We expect to see the facelifted XKs to bow officially later this year, although a Geneva debut in the spring could also be a possibility.--KGP Photography