As we reported on the 12th October 2007, Jaguar have face lifted the X-TYPE for 2008. We now have the time to have look in more detail at the revisions they have made, which includes some nearly 500 new components.
It is hard to believe that the X-TYPE has been with us since June 2001; it has always faced stiff competition from the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which have always been considered the class leaders. All of those manufacturers have recently introduced completely new models where Jaguar has only being able to revise the X-TYPE.
Although we have a soft spot for the Jaguar X-TYPE – please see our review of the X-TYPE Estate – we feel that it may struggle against the stiffening Germanic competition.
From the initial photographs the interior has a contemporary feel yet still retains the all important Jaguar design cues and with new interior finishes it should appeal to young and old alike. For example you now have a choice of four new seat styles, each with its own matching door trim.
It is interesting to see how the new front mesh grille, featuring the Jaguar ‘growler’ badge lifts the X-TYPE’s face, helping to radiate Jaguar’s sporting heritage - it works well.
There is a new transmission option available for the 2.2 litre diesel, which is now available with a six-speed automatic gearbox. This should broaden the appeal of the X-TYPE to both the fleet and private buyer.
The new Jaguar X-TYPE goes on sale in the UK in March 2008 and will be available from launch as both an estate and a saloon.