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Jaguar

Jaguar X-type... 4 wheel drive "Baby Cat"
By Jaguar Press Dept.
Feb 10, 2002, 01:24 PST
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New All-Wheel Drive Sport Sedan

Jaguar introduces its all-new X-TYPE for 2002, expanding the carmakerís range to four distinct model lines and making Jaguar accessible to a new segment of customers. The first all-wheel drive model from Jaguar, the X-TYPE will challenge such established entry-luxury competitors as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and BMW 3-Series. The X-TYPE are in Jaguar dealerships now!

The X-TYPE sport sedan combines a fresh performance spirit with the luxury, craftsmanship and refinement for which Jaguar is renowned. Jaguar will offer two X-TYPE models in the United States, the X-TYPE 2.5-liter with a 194-horsepower AJ-V6 engine and the X-TYPE 3.0-liter with a 231-horsepower AJ-V6 engine. The standard Jaguar Traction-4 all-wheel drive system provides outstanding grip on both dry and wet road surfaces, giving the X-TYPE a clear advantage over front- and rear-wheel drive models in this segment.

The X-TYPE 2.5-liter model features a standard five-speed manual transmission, with a five-speed electronic automatic available as an option. The X-TYPE 3.0-liter model comes with the automatic as standard, with the manual as a no-cost option. An optional Sport Package available for both models puts a sharper edge on the responsive handling and adds exclusive trim features to the X-TYPE.

The distinct design immediately identifies the X-TYPE as a Jaguar. The sleek profile, quad headlights, low-profile chrome grille and Jaguar leaper hood ornament draw a clear link to other current Jaguar models. The roofline and muscular haunches echo Jaguarís sedan heritage.

The carís practical strengths include comprehensive safety and security equipment and generous space for passengers and luggage. Standard safety technology include anti-lock brakes (ABS), three-point safety belts throughout, pre-tensioning front safety belts with load-limiters, dual-stage deployment front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags for the front and rear occupants, sophisticated occupancy sensors and a collapsible brake pedal mechanism.

Inside, traditional Jaguar craftsmanship blends with new technology. Standard equipment includes Connolly leather-trimmed seats, a full slate of power conveniences and a 120-Watt audio system.

The optional GPS navigation system includes a touch-screen that also provides control for the audio and climate systems, as well as the optional, integrated cellular telephone and JaguarNet emergency messaging system (not available in Canada and Mexico).

"The X-TYPE connects Jaguar with a different type of customer," said Mike OíDriscoll, president of Jaguar Cars North America. "It challenges existing perceptions, broadening the appeal and the accessibility of the marque, and it drives forward our ambitious growth strategy which began with the launch of the S-TYPE in 1999. Today, Jaguar is selling more cars in more markets than ever before, and X-TYPE will double sales once again."

Agile Handling and Refined Ride

Jaguar developed the X-TYPEís driving dynamics to reward the driving enthusiast, providing nimble responses while delivering a traditional smooth, comfortable and quiet ride. "The X-TYPEís nimble driving dynamics reward the enthusiast, as well as reassuring the everyday driver," says Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity. "The carís combination of agility and refinement stems from a blend of advanced engineering and intuitive know-how, with each individual component having an influence on the ride and handling. In order to achieve the perfect balance, we carried out a great deal of testing and fine-tuning. You could say its a little bit like making a fine wine - - part science, part art."

An exceptionally stiff body structure serves as the foundation of the X-TYPEís agile handling and compliant ride quality. The four-wheel independent suspension, employing a MacPherson strut layout in front and a multi-link torsion control link system at the rear, delivers a high degree of inherent stability. The ZF Servotronic II vehicle speed-sensitive power steering is designed to give precise feedback even at high speeds, inspiring driver confidence.

The standard full-time all-wheel drive system, Jaguar Traction-4, uses a planetary center differential with a viscous coupling to split the power 40 percent front/60 percent rear. The rear biased torque split reinforces the sporting character of the new Jaguar sedan. In poor weather, the viscous coupling automatically and transparently transfers power away from slipping wheels to those with the best traction. The viscous coupling provides a more positive power transfer than systems that rely on brake action to manage torque distribution, and it transfers power more smoothly than do clutch-based all-wheel drive systems.

The Dynamic Stability Control system (DSC) adds extra peace of mind, especially in slippery driving conditions. Using a variety of sensors, including steering angle, lateral-G and yaw, DSC can detect and minimize understeer and oversteer conditions that might result in a skid by controlling individual brakes and the electronic throttle. This innovative system is included with both the optional Winter Package and Sports Package (it is a stand-alone option in Canada).

Both X-TYPE models come equipped with standard 16 x 6.5-inch alloy wheels, the 2.5-liter with a 10-spoke design and the 3.0-liter with a five-spoke design. Both models feature 205/55 R16 Continental ContiSport Contact all-season performance tires. The optional Sport Package substitutes 225/45R x 17 tires mounted on 17 x 7-inch unique-style alloy wheels, plus unique spring, shock absorber and anti-roll bar tuning.

Jaguar equips both X-TYPE models with four-wheel disc brakes featuring 11.8 x .95-inch (300-mm) rotors in front and 11.0 x 0.5-inch (280-mm) rotors in the back. The four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) includes electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) for improved control and stability in adverse conditions.

AJ-V6 Engines Give X-TYPE A Power Advantage

The compact and lightweight 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter AJ-V6 engines used in the X-TYPE are based on the S-TYPE AJ-V6 engine. All share alloy construction and the same double overhead-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder architecture. The 2.5-liter produces 180 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,000 rpm and the 3.0-liter produces 209 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. Just as important, continuously variable valve timing and a three-stage variable intake help give both X-TYPE engines strong low-end and midrange torque for quick, seamless acceleration and quick passing performance. Both engines produce 90 percent of their peak torque across a range from 2,500-6,000 rpm.

The continuously variable valve timing and a 32-bit engine management system help both X-TYPE models achieve sufficient fuel economy, and both models will be certified to the stringent California Low Emissions Vehicles (LEV) standard.

The five-speed manual transmission has been tuned to enhance the carís performance feel, while the electronic five-speed automatic offers the versatility of two driver-selectable shift modes, "normal" and "sport" with higher shift points.

l Exterior

The distinctive, wedge-shaped exterior of the X-TYPE combines strongly sculpted forms, such as the powerful rear haunches, with crisp detailing. This gives the car a sporty and purposeful stance as well as the unmistakable presence of a Jaguar. The styling incorporates familiar design cues from the XJ Series, XK Series and S-TYPE, while firmly establishing a cohesive and individual identity of its own.

Telling details include the characteristic sleek grille, elliptical quad halogen headlights, standard foglights integrated into the lower front fascia and Ďjewel effectí taillights. Xenon high-intensity gas-discharge (HID) headlights are available as a stand-alone option.

Spacious and Luxurious Interior

Like the exterior, the X-TYPE interior uses classic Jaguar themes with a contemporary twist to provide an intimate, comfortable and thoroughly functional cockpit. Traditional wood veneers in birdís-eye maple are combined with soft, luxurious trim materials, with Connolly leather seats standard on both models. Attention to detail throughout reflects Jaguarís rich tradition of craftsmanship, including the refined feel of all controls and switches, as well as the overall quality of fit and finish.

The Sport Package interior is distinguished by the use of dark wood veneer, exclusive leather-trimmed sports seats, a sports steering wheel with perforated leather trim, dark speaker trim, and a gearshift knob finished in leather (five-speed manual) or dark wood (automatic).

Interior refinement further benefits from a comprehensive program to minimize noise intrusion, which is greatly aided by the carís inherently stiff body structure. The gauges and warning lights in the elegantly designed instrument panel are easy-to-read. The standard eight-way power driverís seat and standard tilt/telescope steering column provide flexibility for a wide range of driver physiques.

Standard luxury amenities include automatic climate control, one-touch open/close power windows, a 120-Watt AM/FM/cassette audio system, remote entry, sliding front armrest, fold-down rear center armrest and puddle lights in the doors. Both X-TYPE models include standard cruise control. The left side of the wheel houses the Integrated Communications and Entertainment (ICE) controls for the audio and optional telephone.

Other options for the X-TYPE are grouped into convenient packages. The Power/Convenience Package includes an eight-way power passenger seat, two-way lumbar adjustment for the front seats, a glass power moonroof, 70/30 split rear seatback, auto-dimming interior mirror, automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, reverse park control, message center with trip computer, integrated garage door opener and voice activation pre-wire.

Ordering the Power/Convenience Package allows the customer to also order the Winter Package, which includes DSC, heated front seats with dual temperature settings and headlight power washers (a heated windshield is available in Canada). If a customer orders both the optional Sport Package and Winter Package - - which both include DSC - - pricing is adjusted.

JaguarNet

The optional JaguarNet feature (not available in Canada and Mexico) integrates cellular telephone and satellite vehicle location technology to provide both emergency roadside assistance and access to local information. The emergency assistance feature allows rapid access to police, fire and ambulance services. An emergency assistance call is transmitted automatically in the event of airbag deployment - - a potentially life-saving feature if the occupants are incapacitated and where emergency response is required.

First introduced on the Jaguar S-TYPE, voice activation is available as a dealer-installed accessory (a plug-in module) to provide voice control of primary functions of the audio, climate control, optional telephone and - - for the first time - - the satellite navigation system (not available in Mexico). Maintaining Jaguarís lead in this technology field, voice activation is available in English, German and Italian. English includes North American and Australian dialects.

Roomy, Practical, Versatile

In addition to its roomy, ergonomically designed cabin, the X-TYPE boasts a 16.0 cubic-foot trunk - - among the largest in its segment. Folding the 70/30-split seatback (included with the optional Power/Convenience Package) further enhances the practicality of the X-TYPE.

The interior also provides an array of useful stowage compartments. The doors have a handy compartment near the door handle, as well as a large main pocket. Customers can choose from a wide range of exterior and interior stowage accessories to tailor the carís carrying capabilities to specific needs. Cupholders are conveniently located in the front and rear of the interior.

Security

The standard security system provides perimeter protection for the hood, doors and trunk. The immobilizer system ties in with the ignition lock and engine management system to ensure that the car will start only with the ignition key. The driverís door also includes a lock cylinder, reducing potential break-in points. The remote locking system allows opening and closing of exterior windows (and moonroof, when equipped) by turning the key in the driverís door.

Customer-Driven Development

Designed and developed by a 300-strong core team based at the Jaguar Engineering Center at Whitley, Coventry, the X-TYPE was developed with a consistent focus on customer requirements. Feedback from a massive global consumer research program - - Jaguarís most intensive ever - - ensured that the X-TYPEís designers, engineers and marketers remained in tune with the needs and expectations of potential customers at every stage of the carís development. New development processes integrating computer-aided design, engineering and manufacturing, enabled the entire development team, including suppliers, to communicate more efficiently and effectively than ever before. At the same time, Jaguar used a range of new quality systems and processes during the development program.

$450 Million Manufacturing Investment

The X-TYPE is built at Jaguarís totally refurbished Halewood plant on Merseyside (England). $450 million has been invested in new manufacturing facilities, including totally new body construction and trim lines. Previously, the plant had been under Ford control building the Escort. In one of the most ambitious plant transformations ever undertaken within the auto industry, new working practices have been implemented to create a highly efficient quality-focused, lean manufacturing environment to match the high level of quality in other Jaguar cars. At the same time, the company has undertaken over a million hours of training, including around 700,000 hours of Ďon-the-jobí training - - an average of approximately 350 hours for each employee at the plant - - to prepare the 3,000-strong workforce for building the X-TYPE.

 

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