MOTORING : Diesel Does It for the X-Type
WHILE it's doubtful that Sir William Lyons ever envisaged the inclusion of oil-burners in his 1930s vision of cars with ' Grace, Pace and Space' that became Jaguar, times do change and the game moves on.
For this is the day of the diesel and it's likely that the late founding father of the legendary marque would most certainly have approved of the current Jaguar experts' success with the appliance of oil-burning science.
Although arriving late to a party where the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes were already more than well established, Jaguar's first diesel, a two-litre 130bhp turbo, set out to make its mark in the X-Type in the autumn of 2003.
The Jaguar X-Type diesel subsequently proved a great favourite across Europe, along with its S-Type stablemate powered by a 2.7-litre oil burner which is shortly to be called to service in the XJ, contributing to diesels accounting for 51% of Jaguar sales in 2004.
From September the X-Type gets a choice of diesel engines, the 2.2-litre set to provide more power and refinement than the existing two-litre.
Borrowed from the Mondeo TDCI ST, this 2.2-litre oil burner is now environmentally-friendly Euro IV compliant. …