Jaguar Reveals The New Generation X-Type
3rd March, 2008
The Jaguar X-TYPE gets a fresh new look for 2008, along with a host of new features inside and outside the vehicle, including the new 2.2 diesel. With significant revisions including nearly 500 new components.
"The new X-TYPE stands for accessibility, versatility, luxury and choice more strongly than ever ", explained CJ O'Donnell, Global Marketing Director, Jaguar Cars. "The package of revisions - particularly the automatic transmission in the 2.2 diesel - presents our dealers with an excellent opportunity to reach new customers and retain existing owners."
The new X-TYPE's exterior styling is significantly refreshed - with changes that clearly reflect some of Jaguar's new saloon car design language.
For the first time in Australia, the new X-TYPE now offers diesel 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 promises more choice and even greater luxury, to appeal especially to a younger, more family-orientated audience.
The new X-TYPE goes on sale in Australia in April 2008.
Pricing (RRP) is as follows:
AT A GLANCE
The new X-TYPE has subtle interior revisions that give more choice of trim and equipment, to further emphasise its luxury car credentials.
For the first time, X-TYPE buyers can choose diesel power with automatic transmission, including one-touch Jaguar Sequential Shift - broadening the new model's appeal to those who previously would have ruled out X-TYPE purchase.
The 2.2D automatic has performance figures of 0-100 km/h in some 9.9 seconds, a maximum speed of 208 km/h, a combined economy of 6.9l/100km and a credible CO2 rating of 184g/km.
The X-TYPE 2.2 Diesel automatic combines a powerful, advanced diesel engine with a proven luxury vehicle - the result is an exceptional blend of performance and refinement.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CHANGES IN THE NEW X-TYPE
The diesel-automatic alternative
"The combination of diesel power with automatic transmission and Jaguar Sequential Shift adds yet another dimension to the X-TYPE", commented X-TYPE Chief Programme Engineer, Kevin Stride."Futhermore, all the actions we have implemented on the new car improve its refinement and drivability".
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.
Thanks to the new transmission's advanced electronic control, it offers rapid responses to shift commands, and a choice of operating modes. Moving from fully automatic to 'manual' mode automatically selects a 'Sports' setting: this delivers more involving, sporty shift dynamics - with the added possibility of simple, one-touch up- or down-shifts using the Jaguar Sequential Shift programme.
As well as the changes needed to install the new transmission, extensive measures were taken to optimise cooling, weight and noise, and vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics. These include at a physical level, a greater volume of and improvements to sound insulation materials, while in the electronic arena the Engine Speed Control (ESC) smoothes downshifts and the torque converter is given a degree of slip that both improves its NVH qualities and gives improved drivability and economy.
Technology moving forwards
The new Bluetooth® Phase 2 system offers the ability to pair as many as five different handsets to the car, where the earlier system offered only a single pairing. It also offers extended phonebook functions, including last-number redial for each of the five paired handsets if needed, and enhanced connection strategies, including the last paired handset connecting first on starting up again.
And rear park aids now match the front ones in being 'Generation 5', using new technology that allows the sensors to be smaller, neater and body coloured.
Building on its strengths
The exterior surfaces are clean, confident and above all, contemporary, visually confirming the new X-TYPE as a thoroughly modern Jaguar. The frontal styling introduces a new '3D' bright mesh grille, with a bold frame and body coloured outer surround that echo 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.
New front bumper covers define the new X-TYPE's face, with taut, clean lines and neatly integrated side marker reflectors. A bright 'splitter' in the lower air intakes also adds visual width to the new X-TYPE, while the front bumper neatly incorporates colour-keyed sensors for the next-generation park-aid system and re-profiled covers for the headlamp power-wash system where those features are fitted.
The redesigned rear bumper continues the clean, confident theme, with smooth, simple surfaces that shrink the visual mass of the rear of the car. Echoing the bright splitter in the front, a full-width bright chrome signature blade gives the new X-TYPE a strong identity in line with the rest of the Jaguar range. In another neat touch, a new roof-mounted Antenna Pod replaces the previous aerial.
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.
The lower, sportier profile is underlined by cleaner, more modern side mouldings, while replacing the side indicator repeaters with bold new Jaguar 'ingot' badges adds a striking piece of jewellery to the front guards - very much in line with new Jaguar design. The Sport pack also offers a subtle body-coloured rear boot-lid spoiler.
The new door mirrors offer maximum functionality, including power foldback. They also include integrated side repeaters - again, a feature common to the new XJ and new XF.
The strong new growler grille badge clearly identifies the X-TYPE as a Jaguar, and there is a new script style for the X-TYPE badge.
Completing the external visual changes, the new X-TYPE introduces two new five-spoke alloy wheel styles - the 17-inch Barbados and 18-inch Abaco - while the exterior colour palette ranges from Porcelain White to the new Ultimate Black, with Pearl Grey, Glacier Blue, Chilli, Winter Gold, Liquid Silver and Emerald Fire among the other choices.
The inside story
The new X-TYPE introduces three new seat styles, each with its own matching door trim.
The first option offers ten-way driver and passenger seat adjustment with driver's seat memory function, all leather seat facings with twin needle horizontal stitch, and door trims in seat trim colour with a three-diagonal twin-needle stitching pattern.
Customers wanting a sportier interior trim can choose the Sport models. In soft grain leather with twin-needle diamond stitching for the centre cushions, in contrasting colours - Warm Charcoal leather with Stone stitching, Ivory or Spice with Warm Charcoal - the Sports Pack seats have ten-way adjustment with driver's seat memory function, and the luxurious diamond-stitching pattern repeated in the matched door trims.
The range-topping High Luxury Pack also offers ten-way adjustment, with memory, plus a subtly different all-leather style, combining horizontal stitching and contrasting piping - Champagne leather with Warm Charcoal piping (or vice versa), and Ivory leather with piping in another new colour, Oyster. The Luxury door trim matches the seats, but adds traditional walnut inserts.
A dark, distinctively-grained Rosewood veneer is a new option with a fresh, contemporary design feel.
Depending on model, facia colours are Warm Charcoal or Oyster, and carpet colours are Oyster, Flint or Champagne.
The premium feel of the new X-TYPE is enhanced by new details, including a new Tungsten paint finish for the air vents, ashtray (or storage if owners are non-smokers), centre stack bezels, steering wheel switch bezels and master light switch. There is chrome edging for steering wheel and air-vent thumb-wheel controls, a new steering wheel growler badge, and new headlining and pillar trim covering materials.
The instrument cluster has a sportier look - similar to that of the new Jaguar 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.
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