Jaguar has announced prices for its new X-Type 2.2 Diesel saloon and estate model range, with the X-Type 2.2 Diesel costing from £22,995 for the curvaceous sports saloon and £24,165 for the spacious and dynamic estate.

Jaguar’s X-Type diesel range moves up a gear for the 2006 model year with the introduction of a new 2.2 litre turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission. The new engine takes the number of diesel X-Type models to four and Jaguar’s diesel range to five, with a sixth recently announced in the shape of the new XJ 2.7 Diesel.

The new 155PS engine gives X-Type customers the choice of a premium diesel with high performance and refinement in equal measure. With torque peaking on overboost at a solid 400Nm, the 2.2 litre engine delivers an ideal combination of effortless cruising power and rapid acceleration. Taking 50-75mph (80-120km/h) acceleration in 4th gear as an example, the X-Type 2.2 is timed at 6.7 seconds, putting it ahead of the pack in its segment and comparable to cars with much larger petrol engines. With 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) reached in a brisk 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h) in the saloon, outstanding power and overtaking ability are guaranteed.

Jaguar recently achieved remarkable success in the latest J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study released in May in the U.S. Improving to second place overall, Jaguar’s success was led by its best performing model in the survey – the X-Type. Jaguar topped the poll as the highest-ranked European nameplate. In addition, Jaguar’s Halewood plant, where the X-Type is manufactured, received J.D. Power’s Gold Award for European plant performance.

The latest generation of common-rail diesel technology in the X-Type 2.2 brings high efficiency and precise fuel metering, resulting in such low fuel consumption that around 630 miles of driving are possible on one tank of fuel. As well as offering impressive fuel economy, this technology also ensures an extremely smooth, clean-burning engine and low CO2 emissions.

The fuel-efficient 2.2 litre Diesel engine offers a combined cycle fuel economy of 47mpg from the saloon. (CO2 159g/km = 18% Benefit In Kind or BIK tax category) and the X-Type 2.2 Diesel has one of the lowest company car tax bills of any car in its sector.

In addition, as most of the X-Type 2.2 Diesel’s torque is produced at low to medium engine speeds where emissions are at their lowest, it has easily achieved the required EU 4 compliance alongside the X-Type 2.0 Diesel.

This brings business and corporate users in the UK a potential reduction in their annual company car tax bill of around 3%, so cost conscious business users looking to transfer to the new X-Type 2.2 Diesel will find price, comfort, driver appeal and comparatively low running costs an attractive package.

“The new 2.2 litre engine gives X-Type Diesel customers more of what we know they like: more power, more refinement and of course more choice,” says Jaguar Cars Managing Director, Bibiana Boerio. “The 2.0 litre turbo-diesel that signalled Jaguar’s arrival in the diesel market, has proved a great success for us across Europe – and we have every expectation that this new model will be even more popular.”

Close attention to detail has made the new X-Type 2.2 Diesel remarkably quiet and refined for a genuine performance model. A rigid cylinder block helps minimise transmitted sound, whilst Noise Reduction Technology adjusts engine settings three times every millisecond. Laminated glass and tuned glass fibre bonnet insulation reduce engine noise to a whisper, even when stationary. Add the flexibility of a six-speed gearbox to make maximum use of the turbo-diesel’s power and you have one of the smoothest, quietest, most responsive diesel cars in its class.

Two new exterior body colours – Winter Gold and Indigo – have also been introduced, and a new 15-spoke, 16-inch Antares alloy wheel is introduced from 2006MY X-Type range. The new X-Type 2.2D goes on sale from September.

The X-Type 2.2 Diesel sets the tone for other X-Type models, with extremely competitive pricing all the way up to the range topping £31,165 3.0 V6 petrol Sport Premium Estate.

Jaguar’s X-Type model range, offered in both saloon and estate versions, now comprises Classic, S, Sport, SE, Sport Premium, Sovereign and all models are available to buy with the Sports Collection body styling package.

All X-Type models including the 2.2 Diesel have a high level of specification as standard, with further opportunities to personalise, by adding features from the extensive portfolio of optional equipment.

A Bluetooth® wireless system is now also available for any X-Type model. With Bluetooth, a compatible telephone may be wirelessly operated via the car’s controls, without ever leaving the driver’s pocket or briefcase, for easy, hands-free use.

Jaguar ownership begins with the X-Type 2.0 litre Diesel saloon at £19,995, fitted with a five-speed manual transmission and 16″ wheels as standard, as well as a comprehensive feature specification including driver’s seat electric height adjustment; Jaguar Alpine sound system with single slot CD player, anti-lock brakes, traction control and front and side driver and passenger airbags, and gaining automatic air and electric rear windows for 2006 MY. A combined fuel economy of 49.1mpg (CO2 152g/km = 17% Benefit in Kind or BIK tax category) and the £19,995, 2.0 X-Type diesel Classic manual saloon offers best in class BIK taxation among all the main competitors in its sector including both petrol and diesel engines.

The highly specified ‘S’ model, priced at just £1,000 above the Classic model for the saloon, offers customers an extremely competitive and affordable package, with carefully chosen features to improve on the already strong residual values of the X-Type. The S package includes 17″ Andros alloy wheels, distinctive sport interior with cloth/half leather sports seats offering 4×2 way driver’s/passenger’s electric adjustments, leather gear knob and steering wheels with remote ICE controls, and rear centre armrest. Estate ownership begins with the ‘S’ model at the price of £22,165.

Available in 2.0 and 2.2 diesel, as well as 2.5 litre petrol and 2.0 diesel engine variants, the Sport model is equipped with uprated suspension, 18″ inch ‘Aruba’ alloy wheels with 205/50 R17 tyres, colour-keyed exterior, rear spoiler, perforated leather sports steering wheel, reverse park control, sports leather gear knob and a Piano Black veneer as standard. At the entry point for the 2.2 Diesel the saloon is priced at just £22,995 and the estate at £24,165.

SE models available as 2.0 diesel, 2.2 diesel and 2.5 all-wheel drive models are specified as standard with an array of luxury features including satellite navigation, leather seat trim, electrically adjustable front seats, cruise control with steering wheel audio controls, automatic climate control, two-stage front heated seats, floor mats, lumbar support, rear park assist and trip computer with message centre.

The Sport Premium derivative features a strong equipment package, offering all the convenience benefits of the SE model, but packed with sporting cues. These also now include satellite navigation, Jaguar Voice, xenon headlights, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, carbon fibre facia, sports leather/Alcantara seats, 18″ Proteus alloy wheels, and Dynamic Stability Control with Emergency Brake Assist. Prices start at £28,495 on-the-road for the Diesel Saloon version.

The Sovereign model is available on the 2.2 diesel and 3 litre saloons. This luxury top of the range model includes, in addition to the specification of the SE, leather seats with contrast piping and memory function, walnut and leather rimmed steering wheel, power foldback mirrors, Premium Sound and Jaguar Voice. The Sovereign also gains Bluetooth, centre headrest and mats for the 2006 MY.

The top of the range 3.0 Sovereign and Sport Premium Saloons are both priced at £29,995 with both the Est
ate models at £31,165. Both Sovereign and Sport Premium 2.2 Diesel Saloons are also priced identically at £28,495, with the estate at £29,665.

The Jaguar Sports Collection body styling package is now available on both X-Type saloon and estate models. Depending on model, the full Sports Collection package can be ordered for all existing X-Type diesel and petrol saloons and estates – or retro fitted – for around £1500 for both the saloon and estate, excluding wheels.