11 April 2005

Jaguar is to kill off the entry-level 2.5-litre X-type in America, and company bosses have hinted that the future of the maker’s cheaper models in the US is again under scrutiny. American reports suggest that Jaguar is trying to move its operation upmarket, a shift beginning with the introduction of the $115,000 (£60,000) Super 8 XJ saloon. Mike O’Driscoll, Jaguar’s US chief, told an American newspaper that the ‘XK and XJ are the kind of models you think of when you think of Jaguar.’

O’Driscoll wouldn’t comment on the possibility of the X-type being phased out, other than that the company was ‘considering its options’.

Meanwhile, work continues apace on the vital S-type replacement. Spies say the innocuous-looking XJ above is actually a mule for the new mid-range car.

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