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News of  February 21, 2001
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A New Generation of Jaguars - The All-New X-TYPE will Start at $29,950

Jaguar X-Type

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MAHWAH, N.J. - Jaguar 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.

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.

"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."

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. 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.

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.

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.

(Feb. 15, 2001)

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