Attractively priced with an MSRP starting at $35,725, the X-TYPE 3.0 combines athletic performance with agile handling, a refined ride and all the luxury appointments expected of a Jaguar. And it continues to be the only compact sedan in its class to offer standard traction-enhancing all-wheel drive.
The X-TYPE still has tremendous appeal to customers aspiring to a compact Jaguar with all the Jaguar luxury cues, and the benefit of standard all-wheel drive, explains Marti Eulberg, executive vice president of Marketing and Sales, Jaguar North America.
Introduced in August 2001, the X-TYPE was the first compact-sized Jaguar since the classic Mark II of the early 1960s. It followed closely behind the original S-TYPE launched in 1999 and made Jaguar accessible to a whole new segment of buyers, including many who had never previously considered a Jaguar.
The X-TYPEs distinctive, wedge-shaped exterior seven inches shorter than the S-TYPE combines strongly sculpted forms such as the powerful rear haunches and crisp detailing. This gives the car a sporty and purposeful stance, as well as the unmistakable presence of a Jaguar.
The styling incorporates familiar design cues from the last-generation XJ, like the sleek profile, quad elliptical headlamps and low-profile chrome mesh grille. And, of course, the famous Jaguar leaper hood ornament.
Like the exterior, the X-TYPE uses classic Jaguar themes with a contemporary twist to provide an intimate, comfortable and thoroughly functional cabin. Traditional wood veneers in Bronze Sapele are combined with rich, leather seating surfaces. Attention to detail throughout the car reflects Jaguars rich tradition of craftsmanship, including the refined feel of control, as well as the overall high quality of fit and finish.
And for 2008, the X-TYPE 3.0 is better equipped than ever, with 10-way power driver and passenger front seats, a tire pressure monitoring system and trip computer/message center added to the cars standard interior feature list.
For the best in audio, a six-speaker, 120-watt AM/FM stereo with CD player also comes standard. Power door locks and power windows with one touch up/down are part of the long list of standard features.
Jaguar developed the X-TYPE 3.0s driving dynamics to reward the driving enthusiast, providing nimble responses while delivering a traditional smooth, comfortable and quiet ride.
An exceptionally stiff body structure serves as the foundation of the X-TYPEs agile handling and compliant ride. The four-wheel independent suspension, employing a MacPherson strut layout at the front and a multi-link torsion control link system at the rear, delivers a high degree of inherent stability. The front struts are mounted at the top via a unique, twin-bearing system to reduce friction and enhance steering feel.
The X-TYPEs 24-valve, four-cam 3.0-liter AJ-V6 engine is derived from the S-TYPEs proven AJ-V6 powertrain, and uses a lightweight alloy cylinder block, alloy cylinder heads and a steel crankshaft. With advanced features, such as continuously variable cam phasing and advanced, 32-bit engine management system, the engine delivers spirited and athletic performance coupled with competitive fuel economy and low emissions.
The 3.0-liter engine is highly efficient, delivering 227bhp and 206 lb.-ft. of torque. Mid-range torque is particularly impressive, with more than 90 percent of peak torque available between 2,500 and 6,000 rpm, and more than 80 percent available from below 1,500 rpm through the maximum engine speed of 6,800 rpm. Against the stopwatch, the X-TYPE is an athletic performer. In benchmark 0-60mph acceleration, the X-TYPE 3.0 automatic covers the distance in just 7.1 seconds.
Safety is key with the X-TYPE 3.0 sedan, as it is with every Jaguar. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), three-point safety belts throughout and pre-tensioning front safety belts with load limiters.
The X-TYPEs advanced airbag system features dual-stage deployment of the front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and state-of-the-art side-impact head protection curtain airbags for the front and rear outboard occupants.
Helping protect the lower legs of the driver, the X-TYPE features an inflatable knee bolster airbag located within the driver-side footwell. Side airbags that deploy from the outer side bolsters of each front seat and the curtain airbags complete what is known as the ring of safety. This ring helps protect the driver and passengers on three sides of the cabin.
The X-TYPE 3.0 derives its great-driving character from the Jaguar Traction-4 advanced all-wheel-drive system the first in Jaguars history. Its an innovation that sets the X-TYPE apart from its competition as it continues to be the only car in its class to come with standard traction-enhancing all-wheel drive.
Source: Jaguar press