Jaguar show off the Jaguar XE
Jaguar have been showing off the Jaguar XE at an event in London.
The sports saloon is aimed firmly at the likes of the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series.
The XE models will have the new Ingenium engines, the company say these are fuel efficient and combine performance with refinement.
A 2.0 liter diesel delivering 161bhp and several 2.0 liter petrols.
Electric power steering will be standard and the gearbox can either be a lighter version of the ZF 8-speed automatic box or a 6-speed manual.
Options will include features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, semi-automated parallel and perpendicular parking, and the new All Surface Progress Control. The later is s sort of low-speed cruise control that operates in slippery conditions.
Inside it is all fine-grain leathers and contrasting twin-needle stitching. You can also choose between gloss black, textured aluminum, and contemporary wood veneers
You control the car’s infotainment system via the eight-inch high-def touchscreen. The car has plenty of connectivity as well with Bluetooth, audio streaming and USB. Android and iOS phones can also connect to the car and control the climate control system, lock or unlock the doors or even start the engine!
The company says the XE is ““Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE positioning as a serious driver’s car. The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it’s standing still.”
The XE S model is powered by the same supercharged 3.0-liter V6 as the F-TYPE. This develops 340 horsepower and will take the Jaguar XE S from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed limited to 155 mph.
The Jaguar XE will go on sale in 2015 world wide but North America will have to wait until 2016, that’s also when then four-wheel drive version will appear . The performance S model will be in the vanguard of the line-up.
No US pricing yet but the entry model in the UK is coming it at around $43,000. However, UK pricing is usually higher than the US anyway and the entry models may well be different as well.
Expect details of the North American models closer to 2016.
More pics here.