The latest in our repackaged series is this, a meditation, first published in 2014 upon Jaguar’s pariah-status executive class cross-breed.
Worst Jaguar ever. A reskinned Mondeo. Brand-killer. Just some of the vitriol hurled at the Jaguar X-Type over the years.
Of all the Ford-financed cars to bear the storied leaping cat, the X-Type was perhaps the most (retrospectively) vilified, and while my personal ambivalence for the car remains undimmed, to dismiss it as simply a Mondeo clone I would contend, simply panders to lowest common-denominator motor journalism.
Perhaps the closest approximation to the X-Type in conceptual terms was that of the 1972 Lancia Beta. While sharing judicious use of parts-bin componentry, the vast majority of both cars was bespoke; both Fiat and in this case, Ford going to a good deal of trouble and massive expense to ensure the end product met brand-expectations.
That both models gained troubled reputations is both ironic yet similarly irrelevant. Both deserve a more nuanced appraisal than the knee-jerk dismissals so carelessly flung like wet rags at their sullied nameplates.
Hence today’s long-form reissue, which you can, if you choose, read here. It may not quite be the forensic examination the car deserves (failures being so more interesting a subject than successes), but perhaps goes some way to doing the car justice.