2.5 & 3.0 Litre
V6 AWD (2002 onward)
The 2002 X-type
was introduced in May, 2001 as Jaguar's first (and so far only)
AWD production vehicle. The base model was originally priced at
$29,900 USD, making it Jaguar's first entry level luxury saloon.
Quickly nicknamed "Baby Jag", the entry model came with
a 2.5L V6 engine mated to a 5 speed manual transmission. An optional
5 speed automatic listed for about $ 1500 but despite the low price,
the US base X-type came equipped with leather, climate control and
seeking more power, a 3.0L V6 w/ 5 speed automatic offered significantly
better performance although the basic 2.5 liter engined version
is quick enough for most drivers, especially with the 5 speed manual
gearbox. The larger engined model was retailing around $35 000 but
included the automatic transmission; the manual gearbox was a no
cost option on the 3.0
The North American standard trim package reflected
very closely the European SE, with chrome bumper blades and leather
seats, whilst stitched cloth upholstery was standard in the European
"Classic" option. Interestingly, the base model North
American X-types and Classic European models were supplied w/ Dorchester
gray grille vanes inside the chrome grille surround, whist the chrome
grille vanes are only supplied in the European SE version. Both
European and North American models offered a "Sport" package
as well, with subtle differences between the markets.
As with many new models, the X-type had a few
'bugs' associated with the initial model year, including:
- Leaking/dripping washer jets
- Defective boot latch
- Faulty J-gate selector
- Vibration issues (Sometimes poor tires/balancing,
sometimes a prop-shaft problem)
- Faulty drivers door latch
- "Squeaky" rear seat
- Faulty Thermostats, resulting in "High
Engine Temperature" warnings
- Weak center arm rest
Most of these quirks have now be corrected under
warranty and shouldn't be a problem if you are looking at an early
North American '02 X-type had the following special packages available
with purchase -
- X1 Premium package - Sun roof, 70/30 split
rear seats, power passenger seat, dimming monochromatic rear view
mirror, auto headlights, auto wipers, reverse park control, voice
activation pre-wire, message center and trip computer, and "homelink"
door opener gadgetry.
- X2 Sport Package (requires X1 as a base) -
17"wheels, molded matching exterior trim instead of chrome,
sport seats, dark stained maple, Dynamic Stability Control, limited
color choices, and tighter suspension.
- X3 Weather Package (requires X1 as a base)
- heated seats, heated window washers, and Dynamic Stability Control.
Individual options available included Xenon
lights, Navigation System, Alpine stereo system, and Jag Net, all
requiring X1 as a base. 8-way power driver's seat (as well as separate
passenger seat option) was also available as an individual option
without the X1 package.
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For 2003, the X-type
was provided without most of the problems found in the initial '02
models. Besides the better quality build, there was not much new
included w/ for the 2003 models .
2004 saw minor updates introduced on the
X-type, including standard two cup holders, a standard wood/leather
wrapped steering wheel, and Larger 16" tires for the North
American 2.5L version, and 17" tires on the 3.0L and Sport
models. Very Large 18" tires are also available on the 3.0L
The '04 X-type also sprouted a wider boot plinth,
and found the boot latch release button located under the edge of
the boot, which eliminated the freezing issues found w/ the push
button location on the face of the boot. The silver trim on the
boot was also found to be a bit wider, and the once standard puddle
lights were replaced w/ reflectors.
Heated washer jets and mirrors are also provided
as standard, and a moon-roof package is provided separately from
the original "X1 Premium" package for the North American
2.5 model, whilst being standard for the 3.0L.
The new Salsa, Ultraviolet, and Radiance colors
were also introduced, while the Phoenix red color was eliminated.
The interior found "Sand" replaced
w/ "Champagne", and for the first time a carbon-fiber
trim package was made available as an option to the traditional
In 2005, Jaguar introduced a Vanden Plas edition of the
3.0 Litre X-type on the north American market featuring more luxurious
appointments including burl walnut interior trim, rain sensing wipers,
dual stage heated front seats, premium sound system and more.
2.0 Litre FWD (march
While most US buyers wouldn't consider
anything smaller than 2.5 litre in anything but a basic econobox,
most buyers in the UK and Europe have to deal with displacement
based road taxes and high fuel cost making smaller engines very
attractive. This is even more critical for company cars and in march
2002 Jaguar introduced a 2.0 liter version of the X-type in a segment
were its competition (Mercedes, Audi and BMW) had held a dominant
market share. The smaller engined Jaguar, still powered by a V6
engine, was offered in Front Wheel Drive only to save cost and weight
making the X-type appealing to an ever broader market. Yes, you
read right... a front wheel drive Jaguar!
The engine, based on the 2.5 and
3.0 AJ-V6 engine, featured the same 4 cam, 24 valve design, developing
157hp - 148lb/ft of torque, mated to a standard Getrag 5 speed manual
or optional 5 speed automatic. Three trim levels were offered with
the base model priced at £19,995; 2 litre Sport at £22,245;
and the luxurious 2 litre SE at £22,995 (all prices on-the-road).
Despite the low cost, the base model
included air conditioning, electric driver seat, sound system, birds
eye maple veneer, power windows, traction control, security system
and 70/30 split rear seat. SE model featured passenger power seat,
fully automatic climate control, leather seats, trip computer and
diesel engine bay (Pic. Jaguar Cars)
In 2004, the X-type would set once
again some new "firsts" for Jaguar, with an Estate (Sportwagon
in the US) and the first ever Jaguar Diesel engine. Once again,
US Jaguar owners and enthusiasts may gasp at the thought of an noisy,
smoky and vibrating oil burner powered Jaguar but the truth is that
diesels have come a long way in refinement with turbos and common
rail injection. Jaguar engineers are already working in collaboration
with French PSA group on a larger V6 diesel which will be offered
in the S-type and XJ.
The 2 litre, 4 cylinder, 16 valve,
common rail injected turbodiesel engine develops 128hp and a whopping
243lb/ft of torque giving the X-type adequate performance (0-60
times of 9 seconds and 125mph top speed). Economy is where the X-type
D shines with 50mpg achieved in UK combined cycle and a range of
600 miles between fillups.
During the development of the diesel
mode, particular attention was paid to sound proofing and vibration
absorption making the X-type D a very refined car.
Once again, differences between US
and European markets were highlighted with the introduction of the
X-Type Estate which arrived on the market in the spring of 2004.
While the wagons are not popular in the US where most buyers prefer
large gas guzzling ego boosting SUVs, Estates are
2004 X-type Estate - Pic. from forum member Anthony Ford
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popular in the UK and in Europe,
a segment once again dominated by Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Yet during
its long history, Jaguar had never offered an estate model despite
coming close more than once. A few prototype had been developed
over the years, most recently a fairly attractive looking X300 based
XJ6. Outside companies have modified a number of Jaguars, turning
them into estate models, even the XJS.
This time around, the prototype made
it to production with three powertrains : 2.0 Diesel, 2.5 and 3.0
gas V6. Despite the 3600lbs weight, the top of the line 3 liter
manual offered spirited performance with a 144mph top speed and
6.8 sec 0-60mph times.
Despite its relatively sleek styling,
the X-type Estate boasted more cargo space than its German competition,
all easily accessible from a rear tailgate where only the glass
section could be open for loading small bags.
Even though it was originally announced
that the Estate will not make it to American shores, Jaguar decided
to offer it starting with the 2005 model year. Called the Sportwagon
it is only available with the 3.0 L V6 engine and retails for $
2008 X-typee - Pic. Jaguar Cars.
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Highlights of changes for 2008
automatic transmission New Jaguar Sequential Shift
function on 2.2D Enhanced, Phase 2 Bluetooth®
telephone connectivity DAB radio options (dependent
on market) with new roof-mounted antenna pod Revised
parking aid systems New mesh grille featuring the
Jaguar growler badge New front and rear
bumper design New sill mouldings New, re-profiled
side mouldings New badging including front wing Jaguar
ingot badges, and rear chrome signature blade
on saloon models 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
2008 Models : Saloon
For 2008, Jaguar unveiled a revised
version of its small saloon including numerous mechanical upgrades
and new features. In European markets where diesel is increasingly
critical, the 2008 X-type will be available powered by a larger
2.2 litre engine mated to an all new six speed sequential transmission
in addition to the 2 litre diesel and manual gearbox found in the
With the manual gearbox, the 2.2D
tops out at 134mph, does 0 to 60mph in 8.7s and achieves 47.1mpg
(UK); the automatic model tops out at 129mph with 0-60 of 9.5 and
economy of 41mpg. The automatic sequential shift system improves
the driving experience with a more sporty feeling.
While differences are more subtle
on the outside, a new 3D mesh grille with growler, new bumpers,
new front splitter result in what Jaguar calls a bolder look.
On the inside, the 2008 X-Type receives
numerous updates as well with a new dash, new finishes and new seats
along with improved technology (phone, bluetooth, rear parking aid,
In the US, don't bother asking your
Jaguar dealer about the diesel model, it still will not be available
despite the superior fuel economy; both the sedan and sportwagon
are powered by the 227hp 3.0 litre V6.
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