The 2004 Jaguar XK | Part Two

Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK

A programme of enhanced electronics and other equipment options that focused on safety, comfort and ease at the wheel was implemented in 2001. All XK models were fitted with the Jaguar A.R.T.S. Adaptive Restraint Technology System (which senses the severity of a crash, the position of the driver and front-seat passenger and the usage of seatbelts to determine the most appropriate airbag deployment energy levels during a frontal crash) and Adaptive Cruise Control was an added optional extra.

In 2003 a major update to XK powertrains saw the introduction of larger, more powerful 4.2-litre V8 engines (in 300bhp normally aspirated form and a 400bhp supercharged version), a class-leading six-speed automatic transmission and further key features including Emergency Brake Assist (which increases brake force in an emergency) and Dynamic Stability Control.

This new range is the ultimate expression of the current XK8, as Jaguar Chairman and CEO, Joe Greenwell, explains:

"The changes that were made in 2003 to the powertrains really ensured that the XK8 and XKR remained thoroughly competitive from a technology standpoint. Now contemporary refinements to the XK’s design have allowed us to retain the basic character of the car but make it feel more modern than ever."

The 2004 XK At A Glance
  • New exterior styling gives the XK range a more aggressive, contemporary stance
  • New style mesh grille and deeper front and rear bumper and side sills give a more powerful look and improve aerodynamics
  • New, larger exhaust tail-pipe finishers for XK8 models and new quad tailpipe finishers for the XKR
  • All XK8 models now have a rear spoiler as standard, while the XKR has a new, larger rear spoiler
  • Three new multi-spoke wheel styles are introduced: 18-inch Aris, 19-inch Atlas and 20-inch BBS Sepang
  • A driver-controlled Automatic Speed Limiter is standard on all models. This feature supplements the XK range’s already high level of driver aids
  • Choice of 15 body colours, 11 of which are metallic
  • New veneers are available on interior trims – a rich Elm and modern but opulent Piano Black
  • Black window surrounds replace the grey that featured on previous models
  • New ‘Premium’ and ‘Technology’ option packs offer value for money choices to customers looking to further increase the equipment specification of their XK (dependent on market)
  • In short this is the most modern and technologically advanced XK to date
The 2004 XK Range
  • XK8 Coupe 4.2 V8
  • XK8 Convertible 4.2 V8
  • XKR Coupe 4.2 V8 Supercharged
  • XKR Convertible 4.2 V8 Supercharged
  • The 2004 XK goes on sale in March depending on markets
Published 3 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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