Complementing the competitive pricing structure, the affordability of the new X-TYPE Estate is further enhanced with insurance ratings starting at a class-leading 13E for the X-TYPE Diesel, 15E for the 2.5 litre and 16E for the 3.0 litre models.
The driver environment, too, will be familiar to those who have experienced the X-TYPE saloon – although, in common with all X-TYPEs, a number of improvements and additional specification choices have been introduced for the 2004 model year. Drivers who prefer a more sporty look, for example, can now specify carbon fibre facia trim and Alcantara seat trim. This allows even greater differentiation between luxury and sports models in the X-TYPE range.
A host of intelligent interior features will give owners of the X-TYPE Estate flexibility to use their vehicle as best suits them. The rear seat can be configured to provide seating for one, two or three passengers, depending on how much luggage space is required. The load area is fully carpeted and trimmed. A generously sized, easily accessed storage area is located under the one-piece floor. Featuring a power output socket, it allows, for instance, a laptop computer to be recharged while discreetly concealed below the floor.
Depending on specification, additional stowage boxes for small items are installed behind removable doors in either or both rear sides, while luggage in the main load area is concealable by a retractable soft cover. Easy loading is aided by a split tailgate, with the option of opening either the entire tailgate or just the rear window.
Externally, fixed roof rails are fitted as standard and a range of additional carrying systems are available, from ski clamps to roof boxes.
When it goes on sale in March 2004, the X-TYPE Estate will add a further dimension to a model range that has been instrumental in driving Jaguar’s sales growth in recent years. Since its introduction in May 2001, more than 140,000 X-TYPEs have been sold in almost 70 markets worldwide.
With this new Estate – and the recently announced new diesel engine – the X-TYPE not only now offers the widest ever choice in a single Jaguar model range, but also opens up exciting new market opportunities to the Jaguar marque.Published 18 February 2004