Make: Jaguar    Model: [X Type ] Wednesday, 17 April 2024

The new Jaguar X-TYPE all-wheel-drive sports/luxury sedan promises to be an instant hit when it goes on sale.

It is expected to be young folks who can't afford other Jaguars and like the sporty, upscale Jaguar image. Many buyers are expected to be women. Jaguar says they will especially like the security of the all-wheel-drive feature, which many don't want to buy a sport-utility vehicle to get.

The X-TYPE is as much fun to drive as the 3-Series sedan and has a more posh interior. The new Jaguar feels sportier than the C-Class. As for the A4, it lacks the prestigious Jaguar nameplate. And the IS 300 is too hard-edged for many buyers.

This is the first Jaguar with an all-wheel-drive system. It normally splits the power so that 60 percent goes to the rear wheels—giving the X-TYPE the balanced feel of a rear-drive auto. When wheelspin is detected, a viscous center differential transfers power from slipping wheels to those with the best traction.

This "invisible" system does not call for driver involvement and doesn't make you feel as if in an all-wheel-drive car—except for the extra traction it provides.

The X-TYPE has quick, precise speed-sensitive power steering with good feedback. Strong brakes provide short stopping distances, although hard driving on the twisting track caused some brake fade after repeated, hard braking.

The supple suspension provides a nicer ride than that of the heavier S-TYPE's. And the athletic handling encourages spirited driving. The standard suspension is fine, but the Sport Package sharpens it a bit. That package contains sport seats with extra support, stability control system, stiffer suspension with 17-inch (versus 16-inch) wheels and wider tires. One drawback of this package is that it causes occupants to jerk a bit sideways on some roads.

The X-TYPE shares some parts with Ford's highly rated new Mondeo model, which won't be sold in the United States. But Jaguar modifies most shared parts and the X-TYPE feels every inch a Jaguar. Besides, even Porsche models share parts these days. .    Comments  [E-mail this to friend(EMF)]
 Make Jaguar
 Model X Type
 Doors 4
 Passengers 5
 Price  Search from International price list
 Cylinder 24 V, 6 cyl.
 Bore x Stroke (mm) 81.6/79.5
 Displacement (cc) 2495
 Compression Ratio 10.3:1
 Torque (Nm@rpm) 244@3000
 Power (PS@rpm) 144@6800
 Wheelbase 2710
 Length 2672
 Width 2002
 Height 1392
 Track - Front 1522
             - Rear 1522
 Curb Weight (kg) 1555
 Body Material N/A
 Brake N/A
 Tyre - Front 205/55 R16
          - Rear 205/55 R16
 Wheel Cast Alloy 6.5"x16"
 Suspension System Touring
 Top Speed (mph) 140
 0 - 60MPH 7.9 sec
 0 - 100MPH N/A
 Fuel Economy (litre) 61.0 L
 Transmision 5- speed
 Transmission Ratio - 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th N/A / N/A / N/A / N/A / N/A / N/A
                                       - final/Reverse N/A / N/A

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