This is a work is process:
For the past couple of months I've been shopping for a used XK. When I started I could sum up my knowledge of Jaguars in one sentence: Nice Looking Car.
I soon learned that there was a major body change in 2007 and I have since focused on vehicles in the newer body style, especially the 2007 to 2009 range.
In shopping for a car it is important to know what changes were made year to year and also which options were available. This information is not that easy to come by. As far as year to year changes, there are lots of web sites with information, but they are not always accurate. As far as looking at a particular vehicle and determining which options were purchased, this is surprisingly difficult in the Jag world. I've been amazed that, in most cases, the list of "options" is actually a list of standard features. This is true even with Jag dealers. It is especially strange because there are so few options on these cars. Yet when I ask about options I get answers like automatic transmission or navigation system.
So, what I decided to do is create a list, year by year, of the changes made to the car and the options that were available.
No doubt the lists I will present below is incomplete and may be inaccurate. That's why I'm hoping some of you will take a look and let me know what to amend. An accurate listing should be helpful to anyone shopping for XK's. (I know there are some minor differences in the options lists between XK’s and XKR’s but for simplicity at this point I am just presenting the XK here.)
I've also included some information on the colors available.
Perhaps all this information is available elsewhere and I'm just reinventing the wheel, if so, please point me in the right direction. Thanks
2007 - first year of the new body style, has a pop-up antenna
2007 Options - luxury package (upgraded leather, heated steering wheel, 19" Cerelia wheels), Aluminum luxury package (similar but with 20" Senta wheels and aluminum veneer accents), Technology package (adaptive cruise control and active headlights), Audio package (525 watt stero with 8 speakers replaces 160 watt 6 speaker standard, with or without Sirius). There were also wheel options (if you did not get a luxury package) including the 19" Cerelia's for $1200, 19" Sabre's in aluminum or chrome, and the 20" Senta's for $5000. Either dark or light wood is available (dark is much more popular). Many 2007 are distinguished by a long and narrow piece of trim on the nose, on either side of the Jaguar logo.
2008 - elimination of the pop-up antenna, the premium sound package now always includes Sirius
2009 - The 09 model gets an increase in the base price, but the standard equipment now includes the 19" Cerelia wheels and the 525 watt stereo. New options include run-flat tires (on 19" Sabre rims) and the Bowers & Wilkins Premium Signature Speaker System. Power-fold mirrors are standard. The partial wood steering wheel is eliminated. The light wood option is eliminated, the choice now is between satin or burl walnut. Slight front restyling, squared off light surrounds on the front bumper
2010 - the 4.2 liter V8 is replaced with a 5.0-liter V8, a rotary gear selection knob, which rises out of the center console upon ignition is added, as is an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential and Jaguar Drive Control (lets the driver choose between three different modes to alter the car's throttle response, shift speed and suspension settings). Air scoops are added to the front sides below the headlights, giving a more aggressive appearance.
In shopping for a car, the choice of colors is very important. When looking it helps to know which colors are readily available and which are scarce. The other day I went to Cars.com and looked at the XK convertibles for 2007 and 2008. There were 206 of them. I then looked at the colors and found the following:
- black 58 28%
- silver 30 15%
- indigo 22 11%
- grey 21 10%
- red 19 9%
- green 17 8%
- white 14 7%
- light blue 8 4%
- dark red 7 3%
- gold 5 2%
- seafrost 3 1%
- beige 2 1%
So, based on the above, if someone says half the cars are black, white or silver, they are correct.
notes: obviously the cars for sale changes daily and so will the percentages, but this probably gives a reasonable ballpark of what is available. Some colors are grouped together, so green will include British Racing Green, Botanical Green or Emerald Fire Green and even Seafrost. I letf similar colors as they were but pulled Seafrost out of the green list. I also separated the light blues (Frost and Zircon) from the dark blue (Indigo).
No doubt there are some errors and misclassifications in the listings. Some of these I no doubt missed. Others I found and corrected - so I looked at the cars listed as Pink or Purple and found they were actually Radiance Red, which I reclassified as dark red here (but note that if you have your heart set on owning a purple XK you can check out the 2012's and look at the color Caviar)