When Jaguar was under Ford’s Premium Auto Group, it created the X Type—a car that was manufactured from 2001 to 2009. The decade long run of the X Type produced one solid generation of Jaguar’s first attempt in producing a compact executive car since their last attempt in their 1955 Jaguar Mark 1. This vehicle is also known as one of the last vehicles styled under the leadership of Geoff Lawson—a British car designer who served as Jaguar’s Design Director. Here’s a quick look at Jaguar’s X Type model, including its transformations during its one-generation run.
The Jaguar X Type was sold in the market in two body types—a four-door saloon and a five-door estate. The four-door saloon variant was introduced to the market in 2001 while the five-door estate followed after 3 years in 2004. The five-door estate was known in America as the Sportwagon and it was known as the first Jaguar vehicle designed by Ian Callum—Jaguar’s current Director of Design who has previously worked for Ford, Aston Martin, etc.
Upon release, X Types were only available in two engine options—a 2.5 L or 3.0 L V6 petrol engine. They were also only available as AWDs. However, this changed in 2002 when the company added an entry-level 2.1 L V6 FWD model to its roster. These engines were all accompanied by wither a five-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Transformations and makeovers
Since it was released in the market, the X Type has received a series of modifications inside and out. For instance, its grille was changed on separate occasions in 2004 and 2006. However, it was in 2007 when the model received a major change. The new X Type was featured in the 2007 Canary Wharf Motorexpo, and it featured changes that were beyond skin deep. For its exteriors, the new X Type had modified front and rear fascias and new door mirrors that had turn indicator speakers were also added. The engine stayed the same, though, and it was still offered with a 2.0 L diesel engine and a 2.5 L and 3.0 L V6 petrol engines.
Special edition X Types
During its decade-long run, Jaguar released two special edition models for the X Type. The first one was introduced to the market in 2004 and it was called the Spirit Limited model. It was powered by a 2.5 L V6 engine and it featured new spoilers and a rear valance. Another special edition model was released the following year and it was called the XS limited edition. This particular model followed the sports theme of the Spirit Limited model and it was available in different kinds of engines.
2009 was quite a sad year for the X Type when Jaguar Land Rover announced that it was terminating the production of the model by July of that year. During its run, the company was able to manufacture around 350,000 X Type units.