2008 Jaguar X-Type review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 12 October 2007 , 17:10:09 byAngela

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Jaguar X-Type

Jaguar offers new features inside and outside to the X-Type and also a new automatic transmission in the 2.2 diesel. This model is actually a combination of accessibility, versatility, luxury and choice within the Jaguar range. For the first time in this model range, the new mode offers diesel power and automatic transmission and so the 2.2 diesel is matted to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The model will go on sale in the UK in March 2008 and in other European markets from April the same year. The 2.2 diesel manual version is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 134 mph. In the case of the 2.2 diesel automatic version, the car can reach 60 mph in 9.5 seconds and can speed up to 129 mph. The new X-Type also introduces significantly upgraded electronic features.

The Jaguar X-TYPE gets a fresh look for 2008, along with a host of new features inside and outside the vehicle and a new automatic transmission in the acclaimed 2.2 diesel. 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.

"The new X-TYPE stands for accessibility, versatility, luxury and choice within the Jaguar range", explained CJ O`Donnell, Global Marketing Director, Jaguar Cars. "The package of revisions " particularly the automatic transmission in the 2.2 diesel " presents our established dealers and the key emerging markets 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 reflect some of Jaguar`s new saloon car design language - with subtle interior revisions and greater choice of trim and equipment, further emphasising the X-TYPE`s premium car credentials.

For the first time in this model range, the new X-TYPE now offers the combination of diesel power with automatic transmission " pairing the 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 who previously could not have this combination in an X-TYPE.

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.

Available in saloon and estate variants, the new X-TYPE goes on sale in the UK in March 2008, and in other European markets from April 2008. In addition to the 2.2 Diesel, the X-TYPE is available with 2.0 Diesel, 2.0 V6 petrol, 2.5 V6 petrol and 3.0 V6 petrol engines (dependent on market).

AT A GLANCE

With major revisions including nearly 500 new components, the new X-TYPE retains all the original car`s strengths, and adds some new ones of its own.

The X-TYPE`s exterior styling is significantly refreshed, with changes that give it greater visual strength and appeal.

The new X-TYPE also 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 manual version has headline figures of 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds, a maximum speed of 134mph (216kph), a combined economy of 47.1mpg (6.0l/100km), and a CO2 rating of 159g/km. The respective figures for the 2.2D automatic are 9.5 seconds, 129mph (208kph), 41 mpg (6.9l/100km) and 184g/km. The comparative figures are similar for Estate versions.

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.

Saloon and estate versions of the new X-TYPE go on sale in the UK in March 2008 and in other European markets from April 2008.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CHANGES IN THE NEW X-TYPE

• New six-speed automatic transmission
• New Jaguar Sequential Shift function on 2.2D
• Enhanced, Phase 2 Bluetooth® telephone connectivity
• DAB radio options (dependent on market) with new roof-mounted antenna pod
• Revised parking aid systems
• New mesh grille featuring the Jaguar `growler` badge
• New front and rear bumper design
• New sill mouldings
• New, re-profiled side mouldings
• New badging including front wing Jaguar `ingot` badges, and rear chrome signature blade on saloon models
• New door mirrors with integrated turn indicator repeaters
• Two new alloy wheel designs
• New exterior paint choices
• New speedometer and rev-counter designs
• Tungsten metallic finish for air vents, steering wheel spokes, and centre console
• Chrome finish for air-vent thumb wheels and steering wheel controls
• New seat designs, with new horizontal and diamond twin-needle stitch patterns
• New Rosewood veneer option
• New interior colour palette, with additional trim options including Soft Grain leather
• New door trim designs, to complement new seat-trim and colour combinations

IN DETAIL

The diesel-automatic alternative
For the first time in the X-TYPE range, buyers can opt for diesel power and an automatic transmission. 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 gearchanges.

"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. "Furthermore, 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. Where the 2.2 litre diesel with manual transmission can achieve maximum torque from second gear, the new combination can achieve maximum torque in all six gears, utilising optimum gear change points to ensure best use of the available torque. This delivers significant benefits to performance `feel` and the performance of the diesel automatic is impressively close to that of the diesel with the manual transmission. In the new X-TYPE saloon, the 2.2D manual version has headline figures of 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds (0-100kph in 9.1 seconds), a maximum speed of 134mph (216kph), a combined economy of 47.1mpg (6.0l/100km), and a CO2 rating of 159g/km. The respective figures for the 2.2D automatic are 9.5 seconds (9.9 seconds), 129mph (208kph), 41 mpg (6.9l/100km) and 184g/km. The comparative figures " shown in full in the specification tables - are similar for estate versions.

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 benefit 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 X-TYPE also introduces significantly upgraded electronic features, from new digital audio options to improved Bluetooth® connectivity and `Generation 5` parking aids.

As digital broadcasting becomes increasingly widespread around the world, the new X-TYPE offers Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) systems, while retaining the ability to receive both analogue and digital broadcasts.

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.