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2008 Jaguar XJ-Series Overview
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For 2008, this third generation of the Jaguar XJ-series gets a mild reskin but remains mechanically the same, offering two wheelbases and five trim levels. In the front, a new bumper with upper and lower air intake mesh grills, "power vents" behind the front wheels, and new style mirrors that integrate the turn signals. In back, the reskin involves a new bumper, smaller trunk spoiler, and new tips for the tailpipes.
Engine offerings remain either the normally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 spinning out 300 hp or the XJR performance version with a supercharger that puts out 400 hp. Both engines mate to the wonderfully efficient six-speed ZF automatic transmission.
With the 2004 makeover, this latest XJ generation received an all-aluminum body wrapped around a stiff, lightweight aluminum frame. This tight structure forms the foundation for the XJ's competent, nimble handling. With an adaptive air suspension, this makes for a comfortable ride no matter what road conditions confront the driver. In the performance XJR and Super V8 trim lines, the higher horsepower, larger wheels, and more aggressively tuned suspension provide for an exhilarating driving experience.
The 2008 interior offers much more rear-passenger space with ample head and legroom. The front seats are well designed with excellent lower thigh, back, and lumbar support. The cabin features extensive leather, burl wood trim, and chrome. The XJ series offers the largest trunk in the Jaguar line. Some reviewers, however, were not satisfied with the traditional British sense of ergonomics finding some of the instrument layouts "illogical."
The British have stuck to the traditional design of the XJ in spite of the new automotive designs that their Japanese and German competitors are offering. In the view of several reviewers, this bias toward traditional styling while keeping up with technological innovations under the skin, might work against Jaguar sales at a time when it can ill afford such declines.