Jaguar introduced its all-new XE compact sedan at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and the vehicle’s program director Nick Miller already confirmed plans for wagon, coupe and AWD versions. As a result, RM Design made the first rendering with the upcoming XE Sportbrake and honestly to tell you it looks stunning.
The rendering shows the XE Sportbrake in the S trim and as you can see, it looks like a proper rival for the BMW 3-Series Touring or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate. Jaguar is expected to offer the same engines found on the sedan, such as a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel that produces 136 hp and 380 Nm of torque or 180 hp and 430 Nm of torque.
This engine offers a fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km (75 UK mpg) with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. Jaguar offers a six-speed manual transmission for the less powerful diesel engine as well as an 8-speed automatic transmission for the more powerful version.
In addition, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol version is offered too, developing 200 hp and 280 Nm of torque or 240 hp and 340 Nm of torque. For the S trim, Jaguar offers a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine that generates 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque.
Jaguar is also expected to offer a V8-powered version of the sedan, which means that there are chances to see the same engine on the XE Sportbrake. This model could take on the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate.
The new XE is easily recognizable as a Jaguar, with its aluminum panels shaped according to basic principles of perfect proportions as well as aerodynamic efficiency. Considered as the Jaguar’s most advanced sports saloon so far, the new XE looks and feels nothing like other vehicles in its class
Actually, the blueprint for the first ever sports saloon was a work of Jaguar – the Jaguar Mk II that blends a stylish four-door body and the performance of a sports car. The heritage started by the Mk II continues to live on the new Jaguar XE, which takes the meaning of sports saloon to include lightweight construction, exquisite lines, well-executed surfaces and sharp radii.
Employing an aluminum-intensive monocoque, the new Jaguar XE was developed along with the lightweight, modular vehicle platform. This new architecture opens up new design possibilities for the Jaguar and will be underpinning several future Jaguar models.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, remarked that the brand’s design delivers great proportions and a dynamic feel. With an aim to create a strong sense of movement, designers gave the new XE a dynamic and purposeful appearance that doesn’t compromise. Callum added that the new XE features low, coupe-like exterior proportions as wrapped in an efficient package that is immediately identifiable as a true Jaguar.
As proof of Jaguar's expertise in working with aluminum, the XE’s strongly sculpted bonnet gives the sports saloon a taut, muscular look. Its streamlined, coupe-like profile is accentuated by a steeply raked windscreen and the rising waistline.