Jaguar has added a diesel engined, six-speed automatic gearbox model to its revised Jaguar X-Type range in New Zealand. The entry level Jaguar, which shares its platform with Ford’s Mondeo, gets a fresh look and new features for 2008.
There are nearly 500 new components in the new generation X-Type. The 2.2-litre diesel engine develops 366Nm of torque from as low as 1800rpm. The six-speed automatic gearbox has the one-touch control Jaguar Sequential Shift, for manual gearchanges.
The diesel automatic can achieve maximum torque in all six gears, and will take the car to 100kph in 9.9 seconds, and on to a maximum speed of 208kph. It has a combined economy of 6.9 itres/100km (41 mpg), and a CO2 rating of 184g/km with the aid of a particulate filter. Sports suspension is standard.
The new X-Type’s frontal styling introduces a new 3D bright mesh grille, with a bold frame and body coloured outer surround that echoes the design themes of the XJ and XF. 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. There is a subtle body-coloured rear boot-lid spoiler.
The new X-Type introduces a new 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheel, the Abaco – while the exterior colour palette is available in the new Ultimate Black, along with Liquid Silver, Shadow Grey and Indigo Blue. There are front foglights, automatic headlights and rain sensing windscreen wipers.
A sporty interior trim includes soft grain leather, usually reserved for the Jaguar hero models such as the XJR and XF SV8, with twin-needle diamond stitching for the centre cushions, in Warm Charcoal leather with Stone stitching.
The seats have 10-way adjustment with driver’s seat memory function, and the luxurious diamond-stitching pattern repeated in the matched door trims. Piano black veneers are used in all models. Warm Charcoal is used on the fascia with flint carpets.
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.
Standard features include traction control with dynamic stability control; anti lock braking with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist. There are six airbags, pre-tensioners for all seat belts, remote two
stage central locking, an intrusion and perimeter alarm and engine immobiliser.