An X-Type 3.0 Sportwagon joins the original four-door compact sedan for 2005. The Sportwagon reached U.S. dealerships in November 2004.
Jaguar also introduced a new X-Type 3.0 V6 Sport sedan with distinctive body add-ons and 18-inch wheels. It's available with carbon-fiber trim rather than traditional wood and may be trimmed half in black leather and half in Alcantara. A luxurious X-Type 3.0 V6 VDP Edition also joins the 2005 lineup and features burl walnut trim and contrast piping on its leather seating surfaces.
Equipped with all-wheel drive, the X-Type is related to the Ford-built European Mondeo.
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The X-Type's classic styling themes are familiar to Jaguar aficionados and include a traditional forward-leaning grille augmented by some sporty modern touches. Elliptical quad halogen headlights are installed, and xenon high-intensity-discharge units are optional. Fog lights are integrated into the lower front fascia.
Proportion and balance are important in the X-Type's design. Designers substituted a high tail for the traditional low tail of the past. The 3.0 V6 Sport gets 18-inch wheels, a black upper mesh grille, lower side sills, a sport-tuned suspension and the Dynamic Stability Control stability system.
Five people fit in the cockpit-style interior, which features Connolly leather and traditional bird's-eye maple wood veneer. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control and steering-wheel controls for the stereo. Jaguar's new VDP sedan includes 320-watt Alpine premium sound, heated front seats and rain-sensing wipers. A navigation system is available.
Under the Hood
The X-Type 3.0 is powered by a 227-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 that teams with either a five-speed-manual or five-speed-automatic transmission. All-wheel drive normally sends 40 percent of engine power to the front wheels, but it can deliver a split as great as 80/20, front to rear, when necessary.
Standard features include dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain-type airbags for front and rear occupants, and antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.
Because it's structurally related to the Ford Mondeo, many wondered whether the X-Type was truly a Jaguar. On the road, it's an eager-performing, competent-handling sedan that's able to carry on the company's illustrious heritage.
On wet, twisty pavement, the X-Type demonstrates its handling skills at every curve. Responding quickly and surely to steering inputs, the sedan is confident and surefooted at all speeds. Even on moderately imperfect surfaces, the ride is sheer pleasure. Rougher patches can produce some jostling, but the car corrects itself crisply without excessive rebounding.
Acceleration with the 3.0-liter V-6 is vigorous, supremely confident and helped by crisp automatic-transmission operation. The X-Type is exceptionally quiet and exhibits evidence of solid, careful construction. The seats are comfortable and supportive.
X-Type 3.0 Sportwagon
When the Sportwagon went on sale in Europe, it wasn't clear when � or if � that body style would reach American dealerships. Late in 2004, Jaguar was ready to send it across the Atlantic. It is similar to the sedan up front, but the Sportwagon has new rear doors and a new roof.
Equipped with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission, the all-wheel-drive Sportwagon rides on 17-inch wheels and has a rear window that can be opened. Four luggage tie-downs are installed in the rear cargo area, which includes a luggage cover and cargo net. A hidden storage compartment includes a 12-volt power outlet and detachable side doors. Silver roof rails are fitted for use with adjustable carrying systems. Back to top