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02.15.01<BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com:81/george/x1.jpg"> <P>A New Generation of Jaguars - The All-New X-Type Will Start at $29,950<P>MAHWAH, N.J., --Jaguar today announced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the new all-wheel drive X-TYPE sports sedan that will go on sale in the United States this summer. The X-TYPE will start at $29,950.<P>Jaguar's all-new sports sedan, the X-TYPE, becomes a fourth model in the company's expanding product range and marks Jaguar's entry in the fast-growing compact sedan segment. X-TYPE is Jaguar's first all-wheel drive model, and will be aimed squarely to challenge the segment's existing sales and image leaders.<P>``With the launch of the S-TYPE in 1999, we clearly signaled that Jaguar stands for not only style and performance, but also for terrific value,'' said Mike O'Driscoll, President Jaguar North America. ``The new all-wheel drive X- TYPE, at less than $30,000, is going to make Jaguar accessible to a whole new generation of buyers.''<P>Jaguar will offer two X-TYPE models in the United States, both with the advanced Jaguar Traction-4 all-wheel drive system. The X-TYPE 2.5-liter will feature the 194-horsepower AJ-V6 engine fitted with either a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional five-speed electronic automatic transmission. The X- TYPE 3.0-liter equipped with a 231-horsepower AJ-V6 engine comes with the automatic as standard, with a manual as a no-cost option.<P>The car's practical strengths include comprehensive safety and security equipment and generous space for passengers and luggage. Standard safety technology includes 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.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com:81/george/x2.jpg"> <P>Standard equipment also includes traditional wood veneers in bird's-eye maple combined with soft, luxurious Connelly leather seating. A full slate of luxury amenities include automatic climate control, a 120-Watt audio system and remote keyless entry. Both X-TYPE models include standard cruise control and Integrated Communications and Entertainment (ICE) controls for the audio and optional telephone.<P>The X-TYPE is one of the most significant models in the company's history, giving Jaguar its first compact sport sedan in 30 years. The X-TYPE will help transform Jaguar from a niche player to a major competitor in the luxury car segment. <P>SOURCE: Jaguar Cars Inc. <P><p>[This message has been edited by [email protected] (edited 02-15-2001).]
 

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That car looks pretty sweet. This will make Jaguar much more mainstream and a serious contender to the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz. <P>It's also a competitor for the S60, but I get the feeling that Ford is trying to take Volvo into much the same stance that Volkswagen is in with the 20/40/50 series cars that have been hinted at.<P>I've never considered owning a Jag, but this one I would consider...especially if they made a wagon.
 

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Yeah that's one sweet car. My vote is still out on the interior though.<P>This car certainly will take Jaguar out of the niche though. They'll be a larger volume car, and far more attainable with this model.<P>Their rich clientele may scoff, and I just may be tempted to buy one so that I can drive by a "fellow" Jag owner, and wave. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Hey George, how about a Jagworld BVertical?<P>You guys are becoming the ultimate enthusiast web location. Why not Jags too?!
 

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it's certainly a nice car in terms of looks, features and price. but what scares me is keeping the thing running. I don't know if jag has got the build quality up, but with such a long history of being temperamental and so few dealers to have it serviced, it seems like a headache in the making<BR>
 

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I don't know. This car is going to be based on the Ford Mondeo right? I haven't heard of any quality issues with the new S-type. That car is like the X in that it is based on a Ford world platform. I think the car is kind of intriguing. <P>The question is, what do you call the sport model. For the XJ8, it's the XJR, so would that make this the XX8. That's doesn't sound right.
 
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