The Jaguar X-TYPE 2.2 Diesel | Part Four

Jaguar X-TYPE

Jaguar X-TYPE

The Refinement Of A Jaguar

The compact sports saloon and estate versions of the X-TYPE are recognised the world over as driver-focussed machines, but a Jaguar wouldn’t be a Jaguar without sumptuous levels of refinement and comfort. The new Euro Stage IV emissions regulations for diesel cars represent a significant challenge to all car manufacturers, for they demand that the engine meets the standards even when started from cold.

A by-product of compliance with these regulations is that all new diesel engines are prone to increased levels of NVH during the engine warm-up phase. Undeterred by this, Jaguar’s engineering team came up with a series of unique solutions to maintain the strict refinement target levels that were set when the project began.

A technically advanced acoustic trim is used to line the engine bay, while the car’s undertray is also acoustically tuned to absorb certain frequencies created during engine start-up. The 2.2D’s engine mounts have also been engineered to neutralise potential vibration into the chassis while extensive rig testing allowed the team to apply further noise absorption materials to the engine itself.

The result is a car that has been engineered to the highest levels of refinement, ride, handling and comfort while maintaining the class-leading emission levels that a Euro Stage IV-compliant diesel engine can bring.

2006 Model Year Revisions And The X-TYPE Range

The new 2.2 litre Diesel X-TYPE positions Jaguar’s compact saloon and estate range at the heart of the premium performance diesel marketplace. With the X-TYPE now available in five engine variants ranging from 2.0-litre V6 petrol, through the diesel models up to the 2.5 and 3.0 litre V6 four-wheel drive variants, there has never been more choice for the X-TYPE customer to choose from.

All 2006 Model Year X-TYPEs will also benefit from further revisions that follow on from the makeover the car received in 2004. Two new exterior body colours are introduced - Winter Gold and Indigo - and a new 15-spoke Antares alloy wheel has been added to the extensive range of 16, 17 and 18-inch wheels already on offer.

A Bluetooth wireless system is now also available for any X-TYPE model (where licence permits). With Bluetooth, a compatible telephone may be wirelessly operated via the car’s controls, without ever leaving the driver's pocket or briefcase, for easy, hands-free use.

Every X-TYPE benefits from low maintenance and repair costs too, thanks to clever systems such as the bolt-on front end (BOFE) structure. This lightweight aluminium beam hidden behind the front bumper not only saves weight but significantly reduces the repair time in the event of a low-speed frontal impact that causes minor damage.

With a new, high-tech diesel engine and low running and maintenance costs, the new X-TYPE 2.2D represents a convincing rational proposition for someone looking to purchase a performance diesel. But there is much more to the latest X-TYPE than simple, rational thought. Like every Jaguar, the 2.2D has an intangible feel, an emotional draw that imbues it with a spirit and dynamism that exists throughout the company’s range. It blends performance and refinement, comfort and personality, and in doing so puts Jaguar firmly on the performance diesel map.

Published 9 May 2005 Melanie Carter

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