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Jaguar X-Type

This car seems like it will be really cool. I had a 95 Mystique which was also based on the Mondeo platform and it was a blast to drive.

Well, what does everyone think of the new X-type?
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  • pmvipmvi Posts: 63
    From the pictures I've seen, it looks surprisingly good! I don't know what a "baby Jag" would like like on the road though. I think the fact that the Mondeo has been discontinued in the US may help their marketing efforts here. Also, I think it will be available in AWD.
  • From what I've read, it will only be available in AWD.
  • How do you think it will compare with:

    Acura TL
    Infiniti I30
    Lexus IS
    Audi A4
    BMW 3-series
    Dodge Neon (just to see if you noticed...)
  • pmvipmvi Posts: 63
    It's hard to say how it would compare until it's out, but I would expect to compare most closely with the MB C-class. I don't think it will be as large as the Acura or Lexus.

    Another car you may want to add to that list is the Volvo S60. I just ordered one (the high performance T5 version), and it is an awesome ride! I chose it over the german cars since it is bigger and IMO better looking. It probably won't corner like the RWD/AWD cars, but it still handles extremely well and has a comfortable ride.
  • neekerneeker Posts: 10
    I spoke with a Jag dealer at the Detroit Auto Show concerning the -types and, quite frankly, he didn't seem to have a clue. What will be interesting is the reliability and maintenance costs. Since it'll be running the Ford engines is it safe to assume that things like oil changes can be handled fairly easily (and in expensively?). I know the warranty includes standard maintenance, but I drive a lot of miles and would like to get a feel, as best as could be gotten, what upkeep might be like. Given the snow, I like the AWD and might be willing to wait. The Volvo S60 had been at the top of my list, but their AWD (which I believe comes out later this year) sounds like it might be more expensive than the Jag. Anybody have any thoughts?
  • The Jaguar x-type site:

    www.x-type.com

    Congratulations on the Volvo order. It sounds awesome.
  • I think both will be fairly reliable (the Volvo and the Jaguar). Since the Jaguar is based on the Mondeo platform, reliability should be better than the Jaguars of old (pre Ford). As I mentioned earlier, I had a 95 Mystique. It had the V6/5sp and was a kick to drive and easy to maintain. The x will have considerably more power.

    I read once in a automotive magazine that the initial Mystiques/Contours had a negative profit margin in an attempt to have them catch on in the US. This was cool for folks like me who had a limited budget. The car was better than its price would have indicated. I certainly felt it was so.
  • carjimcarjim Posts: 155
    1. Will the engine be mounted sideways (transverse)? Or will it be longitudinal?
    2. When is the street date? I can only hope a sample will be at the Dallas New Car Show in March.
  • neekerneeker Posts: 10
    They're keeping a very tight lid on any details (i.e. pricing etc...) until the Geneva Auto Show in March. Don't know about Dallas, but would not anticipate they would have a car there.
  • Transverse.

    Late summer/early fall ... 2001
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    Bandleader, the Jag will literally blow the Neon out of the water. (I noticed)
    Then again, an Escort blows the Neon out of the water!
  • I put the Neon in the list to see if anyone was reading.

    hee hee
  • giowagiowa Posts: 599
    At last month's Omaha Auto Show the Jaguar dealer was passing out some informational material. Mainly just some very nice photographs, both interior and exterior. My wife fell in love with it and says she has to have one. (Would replace our '00 Lincoln LS8 Sport). Didn't have any specifications, though I do think it mentioned it being 4WD. When I asked the rep about it, he didn't have much to say. Other than they looked forward to getting it so they could compete with BMW 3-Series, Volvo S-40, Infiniti G20, Saab 9.3, etc. He was hoping it would sticker for well under $30K, but thought it might be like BMW 3-Series and have a large price range due to varying option packages and standalone options.
  • neekerneeker Posts: 10
    The February 13,2001 edition of AutoWorld Weekly has a new picture of the X-type on the cover with the caption 'Jaguar X-Type; New. Luxurious, Affordable. Only $32,000'. The two page article inside indicates the author did not get an opportunity to test drive, but did have access to the inside. Some of the comments which I thought were new info indicated; 1) In addition to AWD being standard, leather will be standard, 2) heated seats will be an option, 3) the truck has cargo space which will exceed anything Jag currently has (16 cubic feet), 4) 16 inch alloy wheels (Continentals) will be standard with 17-inch wheels on wider Pirellis or Continentals available on the 'Sports' package. Also the AWD is being patterned after Audi's Quattro system.
  • Road and Track had an update article in their newest issue (March? ... It just arrived yesterday....).

    I am already falling in love with this car.
  • I really don't mean to be inflammatory, but I was hoping for something a little less conservatively styled, similar to an XK vs. and XJ.
  • Check out the picture on the cover of AutoWorld. It is quite complimentary. The picture in Road and Track is not ... a poor portrait.

    For me, I like the styling ques, but that is always one's own opinion. Someone, somewhere, might even like the new Aztec...

    I prefer the x-type's lines to the 3-series BMWs, but I am sure someone out there would disagree...
  • The new Car & Driver issue had a nice preview in its March issue.
  • I currently have a 98 Contour SE V6/5sp and have been curiously following the development of the X-type. I logged onto the Jaguar site yesterday and viewed a short video that described their all wheel drive system: 60/40 power distribution Rear/Front that varies based on traction. I am looking forward to AWD since I live in the Northeast.

    Does anyone have any idea what kind of hp and torque ratings this car will have with the 3.0 liter engine? Since I am indirectly asking about acceleration I would also like to know what kind of braking ability this car has. If the opportunity to accelerate quickly is designed into the car I would also like to see the ability to decelerate quickly. Go Jaguar!
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