The Jaguar X-TYPE was designed as a direct competitor to the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the similarly styled Rover 75. Sales have been poor due to its resemblance to the larger XJ, which was traditionally bought by older customers, not the younger ones that Jaguar is so craving. Obviously though, Jaguar is too expensive for most youth, so perhaps their direction is misguided. Initially projected to surpass 100,000 annual sales, the X-TYPE peaked out at 50,000 in 2003, which was significantly less than expected. Sales in the United States, its primary market, dropped from 21,542 in 2004 to 10,941 in 2005 making things even worse. Given that BMW sold 106,950 3 Series cars in the United States in 2005 and Mercedes-Benz sold 60,658 C-Class cars, Jaguar is in a tough place. Additionally, Audi sold 48,922 A4 and S4 models. Only the Lexus IS has posted similarly disappointing sales. Yet, despite these poor numbers, the X-TYPE is Jaguar’s best-selling model, accounting for 36% of overall sales, which does not say much.

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The X-TYPE is equipped in the United States and Europe with either a 192 hp (143 kW) 2.5 L or a 227 hp (169 kW) 3.0 L Jaguar AJ-V6 engine and all wheel drive. The X-TYPE is also available with a 2.0 L front wheel drive format. In Europe, the X-TYPE is available with a gasoline or diesel engine. It has good handling, particularly the four-wheel drive system that is tuned to send 60% of engine power to the rear wheels and 40% to the front for a sportier feel. It is built on a modified version of the Ford CD132 platform, a British version of the Ford CDW27 platform, which is the base for the Ford Mondeo, and remains in production at Jaguar’s Halewood facility in England. You can go here for more details on the Jaguar X-TYPE. Car Shipping Rates for the Jaguar X-TYPE are available here using our original auto transport calculator on our page.