Here at TorqueAbout, we love a good Jag and get pretty excited when a new one is announced. The Jaguar XE is set to be unveiled to the world on 8th September in London and will feature a whole raft of new technology that will pave the way for future models.
The XE was first announced at this year’s Geneva motor show, where is was promised to be an “all-new mid-sized premium sports sedan” that will be a direct rival for the ubiquitous Mercedes C Class and BMW 3 Series.
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.”
Jaguar’s new XE will be the first production model to feature the new family of high-output, fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines, which will be named Ingenium. The XE will feature four-cylinder two-litre petrol and diesel variants built at Jaguar Land Rover’s new UK Engine Manufacturing Facility. Jaguar tell us that the new engines will offer class-leading performance, with top speeds of over 186mph (300km/h) and emissions lower than 100g of CO2 per km. It will also be the first Jaguar to benefit from the new advanced aluminium architecture that was showcased in the C-X17 concept car in 2013.
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.”
The integral link rear suspension has been designed to deliver sharp response and handling while retaining a refined, luxurious ride. The front suspension willed based on Jaguar’s flagship F-Type sports car, and will include some key components designed to deliver XFR-levels of stiffness for maximum agility.
Global rollout of the XE will begin in mid-2015.