Fast Facts about Jaguar X-Type
- Jaguar is known to build large and luxurious machines, until the debut of Jaguar X-type in 2002. It made its mark as the company's first compact executive car after the Jaguar Mark 1 in 1955.
- The Jaguar X-type became the smallest and cheapest of the Jaguar model range, and it is also the first-ever five-door station wagon manufactured in series production by the company. It was inspired by the very successful world car platform, the 2000 Ford Mondeo (or Ford Contour in the US).
- Despite the remarkable attempts of the Jaguar X-type to boost the company's sales, to outshine its competitors, and to make history, Time Magazine placed the Jaguar X-type as the fifth in its "50 Worst Cars of All Time" list for being a costly, poorly engineered, British version of the Cadillac Cimarron. The X-type and the BMW 7-series are the only sedans in the bottom five of the list.
- Jaguar Land Rover announced that the production of the X-type would end by late 2009 on July 15, 2009; the same day that the Caspian Airlines flight 7908 crashed in Iran. Over 160 people died in the said crash, while about 300 employees of Jaguar lost their jobs. More than 350,000 units of the face-lifted X-type model were produced before it was completely shut down. This could be attributed to the low sales of the X-type in 2003.
- In 2014, Jaguar is expected to release the successor of the X-type to compete with the BMW 3 Series. A cheaper, but more powerful compact car is anticipated to debut as the latest X-type. However, it seems like two new Jaguars-the XF and the XK-are already ahead of this X-type model revival. The 2014 Jaguar X-type is set to return on the road on 2014.
- Although the X-type is the most affordable Jaguar ever built, some of the unique options and features of this model include motorized seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a touch-screen DVD-based satellite navigation system. It is also powered by a 3.0-liter engine that runs from 0 to 60 in about 7.1 seconds.