Jaguar XJ facelift snapped by Auto Express reader

25 Jun, 2014 1:30pm Jordan Bishop

Jag’s facelifted XJ luxury saloon caught testing in Wales by an Auto Express reader

One of our eagle-eyed readers has spotted the facelifted Jaguar XJ testing under a partial black and white camouflage disguise in Wales.

Taken from the Bwlch mountain just above the A470, by Mr John Stride, these pictures show styling changes are focused at the front and rear, although such tweaks appear to be minimal.

From this angle, it looks at though the front grille is slightly smaller than that on the current XJ, and moving further down there are wider, slimmer air intakes as part of a slightly reworked lower bumper.

Moving further back shows a seemingly more sculpted look behind the rear wheel arches, as well as a chunkier rear bumper.

Revisions are therefore likely to focus on the front-engine, rear-wheel drive XJ’s underpinnings. The Jag test mule apparently made several runs up and down the hill, with the driver pausing for numerous controlled restarts on each run.

This suggests handling and off the line, low-speed performance were possibly under consideration, pointing towards a revised chassis configuration and engine line-up, which could include the addition of Jaguar Land Rover’s new four-cylinder Ingenium engine family

We’ll keep you posted as more details emerge, however Jaguar isn’t giving much away at this stage. It’s possible the facelifted XJ could debut later this year, before arriving in showrooms early 2015.

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