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Jaguar X-type
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Jaguar X-type (X400). 2001–9 (prod. under 300,000 approx.). 4-door saloon, 5-door estate. F/F, F/A, 2099, 2495, 2967 cm³ (V6 DOHC), 1998, 2198 cm³ diesel (I4 DOHC). Ford Mondeo (CD132)-based small Jaguar, developed by Ford in Dearborn and presented to Jaguar management as a fait accompli. Failed to fit in with Jaguar design direction and wound up cannibalizing XJ sales. Seen as backward in a segment that wanted modernity; dynamically, actually poorer than the much-cheaper Ford. Most cars had too much standard equipment and too high a price, and the Mondeo-in-drag rumour spread very far; yet Jaguar management had to defend it. Not really a descendant of the Jaguar 2·4, no matter what Ford management wished. Never made much of a dent in BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz sales. Estate added 2004. UK deleted most petrol engines from line-up in 2007 except 3·0-litre for Estate. Range deleted from US market for 2008, despite arrival of facelifted model that year.

Manufacturing location: Halewood, Merseyside, England

Marque: Jaguar | Successor: Jaguar XE


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