Jaguar made quite a buzz when it unveiled the XE compact sedan last month but the United States will have to wait a little bit more to get its hands on the new vehicle. According to Jaguar, the XE will hit the United States dealerships in 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle because the US executives wanted some features available from the start.
Jaguar will offer the XE as standard with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission but U.S. executives want the XE fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine as well as with all-wheel drive.
There are no details regarding the four- and six-cylinder engines offered by the XE in the United State, but we do know that in Europe the vehicle will get the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesels generating 163 hp and 380 Nm of torque of 180 hp and 430 Nm of torque.
Both versions return a fuel economy of just 3.8 l/100 km. Jaguar also offers the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 200 hp and 280 Nm of torque or 240 hp and 430 Nm of torque.
The most powerful version will get a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine found also on the F-Type that develops 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque. As a result, the XE S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.
Easily recognizable as a Jaguar, the new XE is considered as the most advanced sports saloon the British carmaker has built. Featuring an aluminum skin shaped according to the basic principles of perfect proportions and aerodynamic efficiency, the new XE is a distinctive car on its own.
Jaguar was actually the first carmaker to create the first-ever sports saloon – the iconic Jaguar Mk II – a stylish four-door saloon that boasts of sports car performance and dynamics. Building on this heritage, the new XE marries the brand’s expertise in lightweight construction with exquisite design marked by intense lines, well-executed surfaces and sharp radii. In fact, the new XE is the only car in its class to employ an aluminum-intensive monocoque.
Jaguar developed the new XE in parallel with its lightweight, modular vehicle architecture that will also serve as the backbone of a number of future Jaguar models. Created from the ground up, this architecture opens a whole new level of design possibilities for the brand.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, remarked that the new XE has a dynamic and purposeful dynamic that doesn’t compromise, thanks to its great proportions and dynamic feel that delivers a strong sense of movement. He added that the new XE marries sleek, low, coupe-like exterior proportions and an efficient package that is easily recognizable as a Jaguar.
Its well-sculpted bonnet serves as proof of Jaguar's expertise in aluminum construction. While this bonnet lends the XE’s muscular appearance, its steeply raked windscreen and rising waistline highlight its streamlined, coupe-like profile.