Jaguar X-Type Origins
The Jaguar X-Type was produced at Jaguar's Halewood factory in Liverpool, England. This is the same factory that produces Jaguar's iconic Land Rover, as well as the Land Rover Freelander. The Jaguar X-Type has an in-house codename of X400, and it is the first four-door compact midsize car built since the Mark1, in 1955. It remains as one of the last cars styled under the supervision of long-time Jaguar designer Geoff Lawson.About the Jaguar X-Type
The Jaguar X-Type is known as both a good and a bad car. While most car owners and magazines hold a positive view of this car, there are several people who criticize the fact that it's based off the mass-manufactured Ford Contour, in spite of the fact that the cars share less than 20 percent of their components. The Jaguar X-Type has also been unfairly compared to the Cadillac Catera, which is now considered a textbook case of extremely bad engineering.
Regardless of the bad criticism in some areas, the Jaguar X-Type meets with positivity from several professional reviewers. It stands as Jaguar's first compact sedan in 30 years, and is therefore one of the most important models in the company's history. Even though it shares a platform with the Ford Contour, the Jaguar X-Type maintains its own distinct style, design, and features that make it stand out as a unique car.Jaguar X-Type Features
The production of the Jaguar X-Type halted in 2009, making the 2009 model Jaguar X-Type the last ever produced in the series. Although the original decision by the company was to design a new model of the Jaguar X-Type with a facelift, Jaguar eventually decided to end production of the car in late 2009. By this time, the Jaguar X-Type had a total sales figure of 350,000.
The last version of the Jaguar X-Type features 10-way power seats for the driver and front passenger, automatic headlights, and a messaging trip computer. The Belize Luxury package has leather-trimmed seats, rear tread-plates, bright mirror caps, reverse park control, Burl Walnut veneers, 17-inch Belize style alloy wheels, and a leather and wood-trimmed steering wheel. Jaguar also offers its Aruba Luxury package with the same features but with 18-inch Aruba style wheels.Jaguar X-Type Evolution
The Jaguar X-Type is designed to be completely different from its Ford origins and its rival cross-platform cars that share most of their components. The Jaguar X-Type offers optional all-wheel drive, powered by a 2.5-liter, V-6 gasoline engine. An upgraded 3.0-liter V-6 engine is also an option. Both V-6 engines are designed to be completely unique to the Jaguar X-Type. An important feature of the car is the addition of variable valve timing. Other distinctive aspects of this engine include an SFI fuel injection system, fracture-split forged connecting rods, four valves in each cylinder, and a single-cast camshaft fitted with DAMB (direct acting mechanical bucket) tappets. The car is fitted with a five-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The 2004 Jaguar X-Type offers the option of a new, smaller 2.0-liter V-6, gasoline engine in Europe. The diesel version of the car, also introduced in Europe, is powered by Jaguar's first ever four-cylinder diesel engine that's based on Ford's Duratorq ZSD. It has 16 valves and a common rail injection that the Contour also uses. This makes the Jaguar X-Type more accessible and affordable, but it still retains the signature Jaguar style. This fuel-efficient version of the Jaguar X-Type can deliver 128 hp and a flexible maximum torque of 243 lb-ft. An important aspect of this model is its mileage: the 2004 Jaguar X-Type can achieve up to 30 miles per gallon. It has an impressively low carbon dioxide emission rating of 149g per km, which leads the compact diesel premium sedan class. Other important changes in the exterior include a new alloy-wheel design, 18-inch wheels, a Sport package for the 3.0-liter V-6 variant, and a 320-watt Alpine audio system.
2004 also saw the introduction of the Jaguar X-Type estate version. In fact, the X-Type estate is only the second estate car ever produced by Jaguar. The brand markets the estate version of the Jaguar X-Type as the "Sportwagon" in the United States.
The 2007 Jaguar X-Type is updated with Dynamic Stability Control, a power sliding moonroof, and 17-inch Bermuda alloy wheels.