TYPE: 5 door saloon
Not to be confused with Jaguar XJ.
The X-Type is a compact executive car produced by the British luxury automaker Jaguar since 2001. It is the smallest of the current range of Jaguar saloons and, alongside the 1998 S-Type, was intended to spearhead the companys efforts in emulating the sales of German rivals Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. It was produced at Jaguar Land Rovers Halewood facility in Liverpool, alongside the Land Rover Freelander. Model History (2001 til present)
The X-Type was Jaguars attempt to compete in the compact executive car segment. Jaguar and parent company Ford envisaged the baby Jag as Jaguar's first compact 4-door. The X-Type was one of the last to be styled under the supervision of Geoff Lawson, with the principal designer credited as Wayne Burgess.
Neither Jaguar nor Ford had a suitable small rear-wheel drive platform to base the X-Type on, and the decision was made to base the X-Type on a modified version of the Ford CD132 platform, the basis for the 2000 Ford Mondeo. In order to distinguish it from its rivals and its Ford origins, the X-Type was initially offered as all-wheel drive only and mated to a 2.5 litre and 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine. In 2003, the X-Type was offered in front-wheel drive with the introduction of Jaguars first diesel engines, and with the smaller 2.0-litre petrol V6.
In 2004, a further body style was added with the introduction of a estate version, making it the second-ever Jaguar estate car. In the United States, the estate was officially known as the Sportwagon.
In 2007, the X-Type was facelifted and sports a different front grille, front bumper, rear bootlid, and rear bumper, to give the car a more dynamic and contemporary look. The new grille echoes the grille on the 2008 XF, and the facelifted 2008 XJ.