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BUSINESS MOTORS: An X-type for under pounds 20,000.

Byline: STEWART SMITH Motoring Editor

A NEW Jaguar X-Type, priced below pounds 20,000, is to be launched on the UK market early next year.

The 2-litre V6 is aimed at the business buyer and further underlines the Coventry- based car maker's desire to make bigger inroads into the mass market.

Jaguar's competitors, BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Lexus, will be watching the reaction to the "affordable" Big Cats launch.

Built at Halewood, on Merseyside, the all-wheel-drive newcomer is sure to attract interest, especially in the user-chooser sector.

Its price, pounds 19,995, will undoubtedly open the X-type up to a new band of potential buyers.

Mike Beasley, Jaguar's managing director, said: "Since the X-type went on sale in the summer, it has become established as a credible, stylish alternative to the existing players in the compact premium saloon segment, broadening the appeal of the Jaguar brand."

The 2.0 will be offered with a five-speed manual gearbox or automatic and will be available in standard, Sport and SE specification.

Performance from the 157 bhp V6 is claimed as a top speed of 130 mph and a 0-60 mph sprint time of 8.9 seconds.

The 2.0 X-type has standard equipment including traction control, anti- lock brakes, and air conditioning.


AIMING AT A NEW BAND OF BUYERS: Jaguar's X-type 2-litre V6 which will cost pounds 19,995
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Dec 11, 2001
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