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Jaguar considering design options for next X-Type

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Jaguar considering design options for next-gen X-Type


AutoWeek | Published 03/20/06, 2:25 pm et

Jaguar could replace its X-Type lower-premium car with a “shooting brake”-style station wagon.

The term shooting brake often is used to describe a stylish wagon used for sporting purposes such as hunting. In the past, the Queen of England always had a shooting brake at her disposal.

The X-Type, which comes as a sedan and station wagon, is Jaguar’s best-selling model. Its sales have not matched the British sports car maker’s hopes since its 2001 launch.

Development work on the X-Type’s successor has been delayed as Jaguar debates what kind of vehicle should replace it.

“Work has been held back for some time now,” a European distributor executive said. “They are studying what sort of model the next X-Type should be. But it won’t be a sedan again.”

Jaguar Managing Director Bibiana Boerio hinted at the Detroit auto show in January that the British sports car maker was considering radical options for the X-Type.

Denying rumors that the next X-Type will be a crossover, she told Automotive News Europe: “Someday we may create our own segment, with an alternative [concept] option.”

The X-Type’s successor likely will be equipped with all-wheel drive.

Last year Jaguar built 44,965 X-Types, down from 59,992 in 2004.

Jaguar had problems with the X-Type from the beginning. The vehicle was derived from the Ford Mondeo, and some customers didn’t feel it was a proper Jaguar.

The carmaker was slow to bring diesel and station wagon versions to market. The X-Type also performed very poorly in North America, where dealers had to offer big incentives to sell the cars.

Link: http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/arti...1024/LATESTNEWS

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I don't know why they wouldn't want a sedan, and why they think something "odd" would be better...like a Vibe/Caliber made by Jag, I guess.

Actually, the current X-type isn't bad at all. The problem with it was in the beginning, the first model year or so cars were WAY overpriced and not put together all that well or reliable. Then, once they finally dropped the prices to proper levels, the other problem became how cramped they are inside...it's a small car, granted, but the back seat is about as useless as a 2+2 coupe.

I actually see quite a few of them around, and have always liked them. If they had been a little more Jaguar and a little less expensive Ford in a nice suit in the first place, they would have done a lot better.

But to think the next model shouldn't be a sedan...that could be risky...

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The last time I checked Jaguar is British but owned by an American company, sort of like how Chrysler is American but owned by the Germans.

I'd consider the XK to be a sports car. Granted, it is not a Ferrari but those are overrated as it is.

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