Jaguar X-Type cars entered production in 2001 and hit the market in 2002. An entry-level executive saloon, it was to be Jaguar's smallest and most inexpensive model to date.
The design was loosely based on the Ford Mondeo saloon car platform, sharing approximately 20% of its design features. However, it sported numerous unique qualities that made it stand apart from its Ford branded cousin, such as all-wheel drive and a choice of engines that included 3.0-litre and 2.5-litre AJ-V6 petrol engines; a design exclusive to Jaguar.
In 2003 minor changes were made to the model, including the introduction of 17ins wheels to replace the old 16ins versions on the standard 3.0-litre model and additions such as xenon headlamps, sat-nav, rear-obstacle-warning system and heated front seats. Additional luxury options were made available for the more upmarket variants. 2003 saw Jaguar X-Type sales peak at an impressive 50,000.
More features were added to the top of the range 3.0-litre model in 2004, including a sunroof, split folding rear seats and automatic headlights; despite these upgrades the base price was significantly reduced. Jaguar also launched an estate version of the X-Type, only the second ever estate to be produced by the company.
The following year, extra packages were offered to tempt owners of the previous year's nearly new Jaguar X-Type to trade up to the newer model. They included a deluxe VPD Edition package, a Moonroof Package and a Sport Package for the estate. No major changes were made after this point, except that from 2007, the previously optional sunroof became standard on all models and the optional rear-obstacle detection became standard on the estate.
From late 2007 sales began to dwindle and production eventually ceased in 2009. However, this does not diminish the X-Type's place in history as an iconic car of its time, as was demonstrated by its receipt of the Editors Choice Award as the Most Significant Car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2001.