Rare Rides: The Fanciest Mondeo - a 2007 Jaguar X-Type Sportwagon

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The Rare Rides series has touched on Jaguars multiple times previously. But perhaps those beautiful and powerful sporting vehicles lacked something the true car enthusiast always requires: cargo capacity.

Presenting the very rare Jaguar X-Type Sportwagon.

In the early 2000s, Jaguar had just passed its 10th anniversary under Ford’s ownership. The British marque was a founding member of the brand new Premier Automotive Group — Ford’s answer to all things luxury and parts-sharing. Jaguar’s lineup at the time consisted of just three vehicles: the S-Type midsize sedan, the XJ large sedan, and the XK coupe and convertible. The brand needed more to compete with rival luxury marques engaged in a race to the lower end of the market. That’s where the younger customers were, but those customers needed lower monthly payments.

Ford’s answer was to utilize the third-generation Mondeo platform to underpin a brand new Jaguar, one which would be considerably cheaper than the S-Type. Enter the X-Type.

On sale for the 2001 model year, the sedan’s specifications were limited no matter where in the world they were sold. Jaguar restricted power to V6 engines of 2.5 or 3.0 liters, and all X-Types had all-wheel drive. Transmissions available at introduction were of five speeds, in manual and automatic guises. The exterior design was the last one penned by well-known Jaguar designer Geoff Lawson, who also drew up the XJ220, the original XK, the 1995 XJ, and the S-Type.

There were a couple of problems with the X-Type other than image, reliability, and resale value. First, Jaguar’s European customers desired more efficient, smaller engines, as well as front-drive. The company addressed this in 2002 with the introduction of a front-drive 2.1-liter version sold outside the United States. A diesel joined the lineup later. Europe also desired a wagon, being a continent which still purchased such arcane things. Jaguar complied, asking new designer Ian Callum (Mr. Lawson passed away in 1999) to work on a luxury estate.

Perhaps more accurately, executives at Ford presented a nearly finished design to Callum and told him to sign off on it. The resulting wagon used 420 different parts than the sedan and 58 revised stampings. Cargo capacity with rear seats in place was 24 cubic feet, or 50 cubic feet when folded. The Estate arrived in Europe in 2004; the Sportwagon roared into North America in 2005.

Every Sportwagon in North America was an automatic with the 3.0-liter engine, and came generally well-equipped. The additional body style didn’t matter though, as the Sportwagon was discontinued on our shores after 2007. Production ended in 2008 for all X-Types after a quick visual refresh, and examples were sold into 2009. Something like 1,700 Sportwagons found North American buyers (exact figure not located).

This 2007 example in beautiful jade green metallic has 79,000 miles and asks $7,900 at a dealer in Oregon.

[Images: seller]

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  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Aug 11, 2019

    Curious...Can you drop a Contour SVT suspension under one of these?

    • Jagboi Jagboi on Aug 12, 2019

      Doubtful. This is based on the generation later than the Contour that was sold in the US. Jaguar did offer a sport suspension as an option and quite a few of the wagons had it.

  • GenesisCoupe380GT GenesisCoupe380GT on Apr 07, 2020

    Oh the many, many driveshafts in this car that snapped like peanut brittle. Kind of hard to believe the same company that built the stunning XJ sedan cranked out this barrel of pure abject toxic waste

  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
  • Daniel J I believe anyone, at any level, should get paid as much as the market will bear. Why should CEOs have capped salaries or compensation but middle management shouldn't? If companies support poor CEOs and poor CEOs keep getting rewarded, it's up to the consumer and investors to force that company to either get a better CEO or to reduce the salary of that CEO. What I find hilarious is that consumers will continue to support companies where the pay for the CEOs is very high. And the same people complain. I stopped buying from Amazon during the pandemic. Everyone happily buys from them but the CEO makes bank. Same way with Walmart and many other retailers. Tim Cook got 100m in compensation last year yet people line up to buy Iphones. People who complain and still buy the products must not really care that much.