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 soon to be announced in the shape of the new XJ 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.

In addition to this exciting engine performance, the 2.2 X-Type – which meets the new Euro IV emissions legislation standard – has the high level of ride and handling ability that Jaguar customers demand.

The new X-Type 2.2D will complement the existing 2.0 litre common rail turbocharged diesel engine that was introduced in late 2003. This 2.0 litre engine has also been re-engineered for the new model year, and like the new 2.2 now features electrically controlled variable vane geometry for improved turbocharger control and immediate throttle response. As a result, all Jaguar’s X-Type diesel engines comply with stringent Euro Stage IV emission requirements – ahead of the date required by legislation.

The new 2.2 Diesel continues Jaguar’s successful advance into the diesel market and reflects the continued growing demand for premium diesel cars. Designed to provide customers with a premium performance package, the 2.2D has been developed as part of a joint venture between Jaguar and its parent company, Ford. Jaguar’s engineers played a prominent role in the creation of the new Diesel, setting strict driveability and refinement targets that customers would expect from any Jaguar engine.

The end result is a state-of-the-art four-cylinder unit that produces 155PS and 360Nm (EEC) of torque, which is available from as low as 1800rpm. An overtaking ‘overboost’ facility provides an immense 400Nm of torque to allow for even more instantaneous response and consequently safer motoring. To cope with these significant loads, Jaguar is also introducing a new six-speed manual transmission to ensure even more relaxed high-speed driving and reduced CO2 emissions.

The new Jaguar X-Type 2.2D will go on sale from September this year, meaning that new and existing customers in the compact market will have even more reason to enjoy the Jaguar they have always dreamed of.

All 2006 Model Year X-Types will also benefit from further revisions that follow on from the makeover the car received in 2004. Two new exterior body colours are introduced – Winter Gold and Indigo – and a new 15-spoke Antares alloy wheel has been added to the extensive range of 16, 17 and 18-inch wheels already on offer.

A Bluetooth® wireless system is now also available for any X-Type model (where licence permits). 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.

Every X-Type benefits from low maintenance and repair costs too, thanks to clever systems such as the bolt-on front end (BOFE) structure. This lightweight aluminium beam hidden behind the front bumper not only saves weight but significantly reduces the repair time in the event of a low-speed frontal impact that causes minor damage.