Jaguar's S-TYPE replacement, the new XF, hits the road from early next year, and so the X-TYPE has undergone minor reconstructive surgery to keep the car up to pace with its big brother's fresh new family face.

Jaguar's S-TYPE replacement, the new XF, hits the road from early next year, and so the X-TYPE has undergone minor reconstructive surgery to keep the car up to pace with its big brother's fresh new family face - keeping it savoury for the 2008 model year. The new-generation X-Type hosts new features both inside and out, including the introduction of an automatic transmission mated to its 2.2-litre diesel unit.

With a total of over 500 components having received significant revisions in the new car, the X-TYPE 'retains all the original car's strengths, and adds some new ones of its own'. Namely, the model range now boasts the mating of a six-speed automatic transmission (featuring the one-touch control of Jaguar Sequential Shift) with the firm's existing high-performance 2.2-litre diesel engine.

The introduction of the 2.2-litre diesel automatic version is a first for Jaguar, much like the addition of an estate model to the brand in 2004. The new mating produces 'an exceptional blend of performance and refinement' with combined fuel consumption figures of 41 mpg (compared to the manual's 47 mpg) and performance remaining good. The 0-60 mph time increases marginly from 8.7 seconds in the manual to 9.5 in the automatic. Top speed decreases from 134 to 129 mph, while CO2 figures increase from 159 to 184 g/km.

The X-TYPE now features a refreshed face, with 'changes reflecting Jaguar's saloon car design language', as showcased on the new XF saloon. The most notable exterior design changes are the new mesh grille design and re-designing of the car's front and rear bumpers, while a stylised lower front air intake, revised sill designs as well as altered badging highlight the facelifted model. The modifications to the design give the X-Type further 'visual appeal and strength'.

Subtle interior revisions offering increased trim and specification choice enhance the X-TYPE's luxury credentials. Options include chrome or metallic switch and dial finishes as well as a widened colour choice pallette and further complementing interior trim selections. Rosewood veneer also joins the options list.

The technological features spec sheet also grows to include new audio options such as a Digital Radio system, improved Bluetooth connectivity, facilitating the use of up to five paired handsets with increased functions, and 'Generation V' parking aids, allowing smaller, body-coloured sensors.

The new X-Type will be on sale in the UK from March next year, entering other European markets from April. Read on for further details, noting the press release continues over two pages.

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