Jaguar's X-TYPE has been revised for the 2008 model year. Included in the revisions are an exterior freshen-up along with a bunch of new features being added to the vehicle, including the option of a new 2.2-litre diesel.
According to Jaguar, the 2008 update includes nearly 500 new components, yet retains all of the original car?s strengths.
"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", said CJ O'Donnell, Global Marketing Director, Jaguar Cars.
The new X-TYPE's exterior styling has received its share of attention - with changes that clearly reflect some of Jaguar's new saloon car design language ? along with subtle interior revisions and a greater choice of trim and equipment.
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, which includes the one-touch control of Jaguar Sequential Shift.
The 2.2D automatic is capable of powering from 0-100kph in 9.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 208kph. As is always the case with diesels, economy is its strong point, in this case the 2.2-litre X-TYPE achieves a combined economy of 6.9l/100km and a CO2 rating of 184g/km.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CHANGES IN THE NEW X-TYPE
? New six-speed automatic transmission and Jaguar Sequential Shift on 2.2D
? New Jaguar Sequential one-touch shift function on 2.2D
? Enhanced, Phase 2 Bluetooth? telephone connectivity
? New roof-mounted antenna pod
? Revised parking aid systems
? New mesh grille featuring the Jaguar 'growler' badge, in the style of the new XJ.
? New front and rear bumper design
? New sill mouldings
? New reprofiled side mouldings
? New badging including front wing Jaguar 'ingot' badges, and rear chrome signature blade
? 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
$53,990 - 2.1 LE
$55,490 - 2.2D LE
$58,190 - 2.1 Sport
$59,690 - 2.2D Sport
$69,990 - 3.0 LE
$74,190 - 3.0 Sport
$76,990 - 3.0 Luxury
The new X-TYPE goes on sale in Australia in April 2008.
2008 JAGUAR X-TYPE - IN DETAIL
The diesel-automatic alternative
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."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. In the new X-TYPE , the 2.2D automatic has headline figures of 0-100kph in 9.9 seconds, a maximum speed of 208kph, a combined economy of 6.9l/100km), and a CO2 rating of 184g/km.
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 X-TYPE also introduces significantly upgraded electronic features, from improved Bluetooth? connectivity to 'Generation 5' parking aids.
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 new X-TYPE announces its arrival with a fresh new look that reflects Jaguar's new design language.
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 fenders - 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 interior freshening of the new X-TYPE complements the exterior changes, focussing on contemporary Jaguar design, but with familiar levels of comfort, luxury and craftsmanship.
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. Those include 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 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.
So in every respect, the new X-TYPE does what the X-TYPE has always done, and moves things on. Once again, it is a Jaguar with broader appeal than ever.