Jaguar has revealed its new XE at a launch event in London. The company hopes the sport sedan can take on the established players in the premium compact class with its range of efficient engines and lightweight bodyshell.
The new XE will be powered by Jaguar’s new range of Euro 6 compliant Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. For fans of diesel power the range starts with a four cylinder, 2.0-liter engine that produces 161 hp (120 kW) and 380 Nm (280 ft.lb) of torque, while emitting just 99 g/km of CO2. More powerful versions of the 2.0-liter diesel will also be available, with details to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show running between the 2nd and 19th of October.
Petrol powerplant options will include a turbocharged, 2.0-liter motor, and all engines will be available with a Jaguar-tuned 8-speed ZF gearbox.
For those who crave a bit more power, Jaguar will offer the range-topping XE S, powered by the 335 hp (250 kW), 450 Nm (332 ft.lb) 3.0-liter supercharged V6 from the F-Type. The V6 will propel the quickest XE to 60 mph (98 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
On the handling front, the XE features double wishbone front suspension and integral link rear suspension, with steering taken care of by Jaguar’s Electronically Assisted Power Steering (EPAS), which cuts down on fuel consumption. Fuel consumption is also improved thanks to the XE’s drag coefficient of just 0.26 and its aerodynamic roofline gives it a sharp, coupe-like profile that should stand out against the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.
Jaguar will be offering the XE with a full suite of active safety features. The car uses a stereo camera to control auto city braking, lane departure warning and road sign recognition. Adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring are available as options.
On the inside, Jaguar’s new 8-inch InControl system makes its debut, alongside an optional LED heads up display.
The XE will be on sale in early 2015, and makes a full debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. Gizmag will be on the show floor at Porte de Versailles to bring you full details.