The Jaguar XE is an all important BMW 3 Series rival, and was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2014 before going on sale – after endless pre-sale activity – in 2015. It features all-new aluminium architecture, as well as the clean-sheet Ingenium engine range. It’s the first compact executive car Jaguar has produced since the 2009 model year X-Type, and is the first of several Jaguars to be built using Jaguar’s new modular aluminium architecture, moving the company away from the Ford derived platforms that were used in the past for the X-Type and XF.
The use of Jaguar’s own platform allows the XE to feature either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations, and it is the first car in its segment with an aluminium monocoque structure. The range will expand, although coupe and Sportbrake versions aren’t yet confirmed.