- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 20, 2003

THE HAGUE — In Europe, station wagons and diesel engines are so popular, that even Jaguar decided to have both. The X-type is the first model that will be available with a 2.0-liter common rail turbo diesel engine with 130 horsepower and 243 foot-pounds of torque.

The engine is Ford’s TDCi that debuted in the Mondeo, the European sister of the Contour.

Next year, there will also be a diesel engine for the S-type: a 2.7-liter V-6 that Ford builds together with the French PSA (Peugeot-Citroen).

Jaguar expects to sell more than 60 percent of the X-type models equipped with a diesel engine.

Next month, at the Frankfurt auto show, Jaguar will present its first station wagon, dubbed Estate. In this case the market asks for it. One of Jaguar’s competitors, Audi, sells 67 percent of its A4 models as an Avant station wagon.

Jaguar took another competitor as the benchmark, the Mercedes C-Class Combi and we expect the Jaguar Estate to have about the same volume of the luggage compartment, around 17 cubic feet.

The rear seats of the exceptional Jaguar fold into a well to create a flat floor. The head rests do not need to be removed.

The car will have standard roof rails, four chrome tie eyes and a 12-volt outlet under the floor panel (so you can recharge your cell phone or lap top out of sight of unwelcome eyes).

The Jaguar Estate will hit the European markets next spring. We do not know about Jaguar’s plans for export to North America.

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