Jaguar has updated its conservatively-styled XJ saloon to inject some much needed excitement to the model range and help boost lagging sales of the big cat. For the update, designers revised the front end styling by adding a new grille with a more pronounced badge. Sitting below this is a more aggressive gaping mouth bumper with round fog lights positioned at either side.

These images also reveal reworked side vents similar to those on the XK coupe, a new rear bumper and subtle boot lid spoiler, plus new side-indicators integrated into the side-view mirrors. Rear legroom has been increased thanks to the installation of thinner front seats, which now come with heaters as standard. Several new trim options have been added to the catalog, with more traditional wood finishes as well as an all-alloy alternative.

Coinciding with the release of the 2008 model year XJ is a slight price increase, with the XJ now starting at £43,540 for the 3.0L gasoline version and topping out at £60,150 for the range topping XJR.