Interior Comfort

The Jaguar XJS was in production for 21 years and although to the casual observer the car never really changed much, all the way through its life it did evolve. This page is focused on interior comfort…

In 1975 when the XJS was launched shock of shocks, there was no wood trim in the interior, just black plastic; echos of the out going E-type… However, all XJS’s did have electric windows, central locking, 4 speaker radio cassette then CD as standard, air con, adjustable steering wheels and illuminated vanity mirror in the glove box lid and depending on its age a passenger electric mirror with manual drivers mirror before both becoming electric…

The early 80’s

Following a revamp in the early 80’s the XJS got wood, but still not on the center console and although at first that may seem a shame, there is something very classic about these earlier interiors…

The Mid 80’s

In the mid eighties with the introduction of the 6 cylinder cars the interior was updated again, now with a wooden center console often referred to as the “ski slope”. A half leather interior was standard on 6 cylinder cars, but proved quite unpopular with the majority of customers specifying full leather… You’ll notice also the steering wheel was revised during this time.

The Facelift

In 1991 the XJS was facelifted, this included a new more traditional dial arrangement as opposed to the quirky barrells of old, the seats were slightly revised (no piping) and once again a new steering wheel. All facelift cars now had electric seats…

The Later Facelift

This is the layout on a late facelift car, although not too much has changed, those subtle changes over the life span of the car have added up to a much more modern look….