Jaguar’s entry level model gets a fresh new look for 2008, along with a host of new features inside and outside the vehicle. With significant revisions including nearly 500 new components, the new generation X-Type retains all the original car’s strengths, and adds some new ones of its own for $64,990.
A torquey diesel engine mated to a six speed automatic transmission is the highlight of the revised Jaguar X-Type range.
“The X-Type 2.2D provides Kiwis with an alternative prestige car with all the benefits of the latest diesel technology,” said Wallis Dumper, the Managing Director of Motorcorp Distributors, the New Zealand distributor for Jaguar.
“It’s a great alternative to a Japanese or Australian executive car,” said Mr Dumper. “And it offers tremendous value for money at thousands less than the cheapest equivalent diesel engined German luxury car.”
For the first time in New Zealand, the new X-Type offers diesel economy and power – pairing a 2.2 litre diesel with a six-speed automatic, and the one-touch control of Jaguar Sequential Shift – broadening the new model’s appeal to buyers. The new X-Type automatic diesel combines high levels of refinement with optimised performance and economy, and even greater luxury.
With 366 Nm of torque, the X-Type diesel has more pulling power than any other model in the X-Type range. And with it coming as low as 1800 rpm, the torque is available for every day driving situations.
The 2.2 litre diesel is paired with a new six-speed automatic gearbox, which has the added attraction of ‘one-touch control’ Jaguar Sequential Shift, for manual gear changes.
The six gear ratios are chosen to deliver refined cruising while maintaining sporty performance – the balance that Jaguar research shows an X-Type owner wants. The diesel automatic can achieve maximum torque in all six gears, utilising optimum gear change points to ensure best use of the available torque. In the new X-Type, the 2.2D automatic can accelerate to 100kph in 9.9 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 208km/h, a combined economy of 6.9 itres/100km (41 mpg), and a CO2 rating of 184g/km with the aid of a particulate filter.
The low revs torque flattens hills on the open road and provides instantaneous throttle response for safe over taking manoeuvres.
The standard sports suspension anchors the X-Type to the road while still providing the fluid ride that all Jaguars are known for. And the variable ratio power steering provides good feedback at all road speeds.
The new X-Type also introduces significantly upgraded electronic features, from improved Bluetooth® connectivity to ‘Generation 5′ parking aids, uses new technology that allows the sensors to be smaller, neater and body coloured.
The new X-Type announces its arrival with a fresh new look that reflects Jaguar’s new design language. The frontal styling introduces a new ’3D’ bright mesh grille, with a bold frame and body coloured outer surround that echoes the design themes of both the XJ and XF. And the new X-TYPE is proud of its Jaguar identity, with a new Jaguar ‘growler’ emblem prominently mounted within the mesh grille.
In profile, new sill shapes connect the re-styled front and rear bumpers and visually lower the new X-Type’s centre of gravity, giving it a more purposeful, sporting stance. There is a subtle body-coloured rear boot-lid spoiler.
The new door mirrors offer maximum functionality, including power fold back. They also include integrated side repeaters – again, a feature common to the new XJ and XF. The new X-Type introduces a new 18 inch five-spoke alloy wheel the Abaco – while the exterior colour palette is available in the new Ultimate Black, along with Liquid Silver, Shadow Grey and Indigo Blue.
There are front fog lights, automatic headlights and rain sensing windscreen wipers.
A sporty interior trim includes soft grain leather, usually reserved for the Jaguar hero models such as the XJR and XF SV8, with twin-needle diamond stitching for the centre cushions, in Warm Charcoal leather with Stone stitching. The seats have ten-way adjustment with driver’s seat memory function, and the luxurious diamond-stitching pattern repeated in the matched door trims.
The instrument cluster has a sportier look – similar to that of the new XF – with new silver metallic overlays, new pointer hubs and new bezel shapes, plus a combination of green dial illumination and white pointer illumination, just as in the XK.
Standard features include traction control with dynamic stability control; anti lock braking with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist. There are six airbags, pre-tensioners for all seat belts, remote two stage central locking, an intrusion and perimeter alarm and engine immobiliser.
Cruise control, a trip computer, automatic air conditioning, a split folding rear seat to extend the boot’s luggage capacity is also standard equipment.
With the diesel option the X-Type is a Jaguar with broader appeal than ever.