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by George Skentzos

Jaguar’s development ambitions don’t seem to have been derailed by its recent take-over by India’s Tata Motors – quite the contrary, actually.

This lightly disguised Jaguar XK mule was spotted testing in hot weather conditions in the US,  ahead of the revised model’s official debut at the Paris Motor Show.

2009 Jaguar XK spied

Due to hit showrooms internationally early next year, the next generation will undergo a several styling and mechanical upgrades.

A revised front bumper now incorporates additional air vents below the head lights, whilst the redesigned rear also boasts new LED technology in the tail lamps.

2009 Jaguar XK spied

The power-retractable antenna has also been scrapped in favour of a more discrete and streamlined shark fin which now appears on the coupe’s deck lid.

These changes will apply to the entire XK model range, including the performance XKR and the extreme XKR-R model which is due next year also.

2009 Jaguar XK spied

While the engine range will remain relatively identical, underneath a retuned suspension set-up and recalibrated steering rack promise sharper dynamics.

The interior should also benefit from Jaguar’s new drive-select transmission interface lifted from the XF saloon.