The Jaguar X-TYPE | Part Five

Jaguar X-TYPE

Jaguar X-TYPE

In profile, new sill shapes connect the re-styled front and rear bumpers and visually lower the new X-TYPE’s centre of gravity, giving it a more purposeful, sporting stance.

The lower, sportier profile is underlined by cleaner, more modern side mouldings, while replacing the side indicator repeaters with bold new Jaguar ‘ingot’ badges adds a striking piece of jewellery to the front fenders – very much in line with new Jaguar design. The Sport pack also offers a subtle body-coloured rear boot-lid spoiler.

The new door mirrors offer maximum functionality (including the options of memory settings and power foldback), and are either body-colour or  - in some markets – have chrome highlights. They also include integrated side repeaters - again, a feature common to the new  XJ and new XF.

The strong new growler grille badge clearly identifies the X-TYPE as a Jaguar, and there is a new script style for the X-TYPE badge. High-specification models are appropriately identified by an Executive or Sovereign badge, but aside from this, simplicity is the key with the all-wheel drive, AWD badges and engine identifier badges seen on the previous generation X-TYPE deleted, for a cleaner look.

Completing the external visual changes, the new X-TYPE introduces two new five-spoke alloy wheel styles – the 17-inch Barbados and 18-inch Abaco – while the exterior colour palette ranges from Porcelain White to the new Ultimate Black, with Pearl Grey, Glacier Blue, Chilli, Winter Gold, Liquid Silver and Emerald Fire among the other choices.

The inside story
The interior freshening of the new X-TYPE complements the exterior changes, focussing on contemporary Jaguar design, but with familiar levels of comfort, luxury and craftsmanship.

The new X-TYPE introduces four new seat styles, each with its own matching door trim.

One has leather borders with sport cloth centre cushions, and bold new horizontal twin-needle stitching – complemented by door trim pads matching the two seat trim colours, Champagne or Warm Charcoal. Those seats also have electrical four-way adjustment, for both driver and front passenger.

A second option offers either six-way or ten-way driver and passenger seat adjustment (market dependent), all leather seat facings with twin needle horizontal stitch, and door trims in seat trim colour with a three-diagonal twin-needle stitching pattern – with the additional choice of  Ivory colour.

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

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