Seven Things You Need to Know about the Jaguar X
- The Jaguar X instantly gained popularity during the time of its introduction in 2002. It was all because of its all-wheel drive feature, which is considered as a pioneer in the entry-level, luxury-sedan category. Not even the huge car manufacturers from Germany and Japan had that innovation in their cars. It was indeed a great feat for Jaguar X.
- The 2001 Jaguar X was the last Jaguar vehicle designed by the world-renowned designer Geoff Lawson. Mr. Lawson served as the Director of Styling in the company for 15 years. He won several recognitions for the designs he made for Jaguar. He died in June 1999.
- In 2004, Jaguar released an estate or a station wagon version of the Jaguar X. This was the first series-production estate manufactured by the company. This version was known as the "Sportswagon" in North America. For Ian Callum, the current Design Director for Jaguar, the wagon was a very memorable vehicle because it was the first Jaguar vehicle he designed.
- The Jaguar X was produced under Ford's ownership. This business venture paved the way for Jaguar to expand its range of vehicles. Throughout this venture, Ford and Jaguar shared a common distribution, dealerships, and sales network. Both of them even used the same facility at Halewood, Merseyside, England to produce Jaguar X parts and accessories.
- In the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, The Jaguar X was named as the Most Significant Car by AutoWeek. It triumphed over huge competitors such as the 2002 Honda Civic Type R and the 2001 BMW 3 Series Compact.
- On the year of introduction, the Jaguar X was billed as the "Baby Jaguar" because at that time, it was the smallest Jaguar ever built. Its body and frame were based on the Ford Mondeo II platform. This model was highly recognizable by its unique wedge-shaped exterior, which was seven inches less than the S-type model.
- The estate version of the Jaguar X known as the Sportswagon was the first Jaguar vehicle that was powered by a diesel engine. But Americans did not welcome it with open arms. The environmentalists worried a lot about the hazardous effects of diesel fuel in the ecosystem. Because of such issues, Jaguar decided not to sell diesel-powered Sportswagon in the USA.