The Jaguar X-TYPE | Part Four

Jaguar X-TYPE

Jaguar X-TYPE

Technology moving forwards

The new X-TYPE also introduces significantly upgraded electronic features, from new digital audio options to improved Bluetooth connectivity and ‘Generation 5’ parking aids.

As digital broadcasting becomes increasingly widespread around the world, the new X-TYPE offers Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) systems, while retaining the ability to receive both analogue and digital broadcasts.

The new Bluetooth Phase 2 system offers the ability to pair as many as five different handsets to the car, where the earlier system offered only a single pairing. It also offers extended phonebook functions, including last-number redial for each of the five paired handsets if needed, and enhanced connection strategies, including the last paired handset connecting first on starting up again.

And rear park aids now match the front ones in being ‘Generation 5’, using new technology that allows the sensors to be smaller, neater and body coloured.

Building on its strengths
The new X-TYPE announces its arrival with a fresh new look that reflects Jaguar’s new design language.

The exterior surfaces are clean, confident and above all, contemporary, visually confirming the new X-TYPE as a thoroughly modern Jaguar. The frontal styling introduces a new ‘3D’ bright mesh grille, with a bold frame and body coloured outer surround that echo the design themes of both the XJ and XF. And the new X-TYPE is proud of its Jaguar identity, with a new Jaguar ‘growler’ emblem prominently mounted within the mesh grille.

New front bumper covers define the new X-TYPE’s face, with taut, clean lines and neatly integrated side marker reflectors. A bright ‘splitter’ in the lower air intakes also adds visual width to the new X-TYPE, while the front bumper neatly incorporates colour-keyed sensors for the next-generation park-aid system, and re-profiled covers for the headlamp power-wash system where those features are fitted.

The redesigned rear bumper continues the clean, confident theme, with smooth, simple surfaces that shrink the visual mass of the rear of the car. Echoing the bright splitter in the front, a full-width bright chrome signature blade gives the new X-TYPE a strong identity in line with the rest of the Jaguar range. In another neat touch, a new roof-mounted Antenna Pod for saloon and Estate replaces the previous aerial.

Jaguar X-TYPE | Part Five
Published 13 October 2007 Melanie Carter

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