Jaguar is putting the finishing touches to its facelifted XK sports car, which is expected to be unveiled alongside the XF-R at the Detroit motor show in January 2009. Expect new engines, new bodywork, and interior technology from the XF.
What's the new tech we're going to see on the facelifted Jaguar XK?
The most obvious change is hidden away inside – now revealed in our new interior photo. The classic J-gate gear selector disappears, replaced by the JaguarDrive. It's the same sysytem found in the XF with a rotary dial to select gears, an electronic handbrake, plus buttons for the speed limiter, DSC, Winter mode and Dynamic mode.
Also visible in our pictures is the updated multimedia system, with XF-inspired graphics, while the interior quality will be upgraded and new wood and metal trims should find their way onto the options list.
And the exterior of the facelifted 2009 XK?
The XK's horrible extendable aerial is gone, replaced by a small fin on the boot lid. At last! The facelifted XK will also feature door mirror-mounted indicators.
Changes at the rear are limited to new lights and a small bodywork tweaks, but there's a new front bumper hiding the latest engines. Out goes the 4.2 V8, replaced by a new direct-injection 4997cc V8 (available in 400bhp naturally aspirated and 500bhp supercharged form) plus – for the first time – a 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel, a development of today's Ford-PSA engine.
>> Click here for our recent scoop all about the new engines in the Jaguar XK