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Jaguar XF Facelift & Jaguar XFR Exclusive at Geneva

Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0800

The Jaguar XFR S/C Exclusive - or is it?

In the last couple of days we’ve had a few conversations about Jaguar’s XF with contacts who should know what they’re talking about. We’ve also had the photo you see above sent to us, and we’re told it’s the Jaguar XFR Exclusive. Trouble is, the two strands of info we’ve got seem contradictory.

We’re hearing from more than one source that the Jaguar XF Facelift will make its debut at Geneva in a couple of weeks. It won’t be an all new model – not by a long way – but we’re expecting some titivation to the nose; a nip and tuck here and there and – almost certainly – the Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel.

Although we’re not expecting the changes to the XF to be dramatic, we are expecting them to be noticeable. Perhaps – at the front end – a look that more resembles the bolder statement the XJ makes.

Which leaves us with a quandary. If the photo above is a Jaguar to be called the XFR Exclusive, is it a facelifted XF or is it a run-out model of the pre-facelifted XFR to mop up some sales until the new XF arrives at the end of the year?

If it is the facelift, we’re struggling to see what’s been done. Unless the facelift consists of the XFR’s nose being extended to the rest of the range. Which could be a ‘Porsche School of Car Design’ possibility.

If it’s a run-out XFR, we’re not sure how easy it’s going to be to flog an ‘Exclusive’ XFR with the old face, when the ‘New’ XF is already out there in public consciousness.

We did think of asking Jaguar, but their PR is in a state of flux at the moment. And even if it wasn’t, all we’d get officially is “We don’t comment on speculation about potential future product”.

Guess we’ll find out soon enough.


By Cars UK