The Jaguar XE will be JLR’s all-new mid-sized saloon, due for launch in 2015/16. It will be the first product from the new advanced aluminium architecture which was showcased in the C-X17 Concept car in 2013, a first in the this market segment. Jaguar claims that the XE will be lighter and stiffer than its rivals for ‘unbeatable handling, performance, refinement and efficiency.’
The new car, which will battle with the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, will be offered in four- and rear-wheel drive form and should have a starting price of around £30,000. The styling – from what we have seen – looks to be an evolution of the XF’s semi-fastback arrangement, but with detailing already seen on the C-X17 SUV Concept.
The Jaguar XE will be powered by the brand-new family of engines, dubbed the Ingenium, due shortly to go into production in the company’s new facility in Wolverhampton. The range is likely to start well below 2.0-litres, although probably not at launch – the new engine factory is capable of producing three-cylinder power units. Jaguar says it will be available in a wide range of capacities and outputs, all promising to use the latest innovations in fuel-efficient technologies without sacrificing drivability.
Jaguar says that the new Ingenium family of engines form the heart of the most flexible engine architecture ever produced by Jaguar Land Rover – with an advanced design configured to suit in-line and transverse installations for rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, the new engines will be both efficient and powerful, with low emissions from less than 100g/km of CO2.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: ‘The new Jaguar XE is every bit a modern Jaguar; more compact in size but visually striking. Customers will expect a great deal from a mid-size Jaguar – it must be practical but premium. We never forget we are designing a Jaguar and that means it must be as exciting to look at and drive as it is brilliant to run and practical to own. We believe we’ve done just that with the Jaguar XE.’
Kevin Stride, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director for XE, said: ‘The engineering development of the XE has focused on delivering customers with the most advanced, efficient and refined sports sedan in its class. We are excited about our progress to date and are looking forward to soon being able to demonstrate what we have achieved.’