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Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 13:51 GMT
Jaguar breaks cover
Jaguar X-Type
Jaguar has unveiled its new compact saloon, the X-Type.


We expect X-Type to attract far more female buyers

Jonathan Browning
Jaguar
Dubbed the Baby Jag, the four-door saloon is expected to more than double the luxury car maker's sales to 200,000 a year by 2003 or 2004.

The four-wheel-drive X-Type will go on sale in Europe next summer and in the autumn in the US.

Ford-owned Jaguar hopes the new model will propel the company out of the niche market, becoming a major player in the mainstream market.

It is being built at the former Ford Escort plant at Halewood, Merseyside, which has undergone a 300m redevelopment.

Jaguar X-Type

The price has not been confirmed but the X-Type is expected to retail at about 23,000.

Up to 80% of the car's production run will be exported, mainly to Europe and the US.

Initially available with V6 engines of 2.5 or 3.0 litres, it will compete with the Mercedes Benz C class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

Jaguar X-Type
Jaguar managing director Jonathan Browning said: "Customers for the X-Type typically will be younger than traditional Jaguar buyers with notably different needs.

"We also expect X-Type to attract far more female buyers."

Jaguar currently builds three model ranges: the XJ luxury saloon, the S-Type saloon and the XK sports car.

The XJ and XK models are built in Coventry and the S-Type in Birmingham.

Ford bought Jaguar 10 years ago for $2.5bn (1.75bn).

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