Jaguar’s answer to the Bmw 3-Series Sedan and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class a.k.a. the all-new XE made its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. This new vehicle promise to redefine the concept of sports saloon and according to Jaguar it will be the driver’s car in its class.
According to the official press release, the all-new 2015 Jaguar XE is the only vehicle in its class to use an aluminum-intensive monocoque and together with the double wishbone front suspension and Integral Link rear axle, is fundamental to vehicle’s dynamics.
The new saloon will be available with the first Ingenium engines a.k.a. 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesels that deliver 163 hp and 380 Nm of torque or 180 hp and 430 Nm of torque. The less powerful version will be the most fuel-efficient as it achieves an impressive 3.8 l/100 km (75 UK mpg), while CO2 emissions are 99 g/km on the European combined cycle.
The 163 hp version will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission, while the most powerful version will be available with either six-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions. When it comes to petrol engines, Jaguar will offer a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that delivers 200 hp and 280 Nm of torque or 240 hp and 340 Nm of torque.
Just like on the diesel engines, the less powerful version will get a manual transmission, while the more powerful version will be available with a six-speed manual transmission or a more efficient 8-speed automatic. For those who demand more power, Jaguar will offer the XE S, which will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine found also on the F-Type sports car and capable to develop 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque.
These numbers will help the vehicle sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds), while top speed will be limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h. All engines deliver the power to the rear wheels.
Even with just a glimpse, the new XE is easily recognizable as a Jaguar, with its aluminum skin shaped to pursue perfect proportions and aerodynamic efficiency. Considered by Jaguar as the most advanced sports saloon it has built, the new XE offers a distinct and feel like no other car in its class
Jaguar essentially started the canvass for the first sports saloon with the Jaguar Mk II, a stylish four-door car injected with sports car performance and dynamics. Building on the heritage of the Mk II, the new XE blends the carmaker’s unmatched expertise in lightweight construction and certain sports car elements like exquisite lines, well-defined surfaces and sharp radii.
The new Jaguar XE is the only car in its class that employs an aluminum-intensive monocoque. Jaguar developed the XE alongside its lightweight, modular vehicle architecture that underpins the sports saloon and will underpin the carmaker’s future vehicle models.
Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design, remarked that the core of Jaguar design includes great proportions and a dynamic feel. He quipped that for the new XE, Jaguar aimed to deliver a strong sense of movement, and this resulted to a dynamic and purposeful appearance that doesn’t compromise. He noted that the new XE combines sleek, low, coupe-like proportions and an efficient package that is immediately recognizable as a Jaguar.
Jaguar has given the new XE a taut, muscular appearance, thanks to a strongly sculpted bonnet made possible by the carmaker’s expertise in aluminum works. This bonnet is complemented by a raked windscreen and a rising waistline – both helping accentuate the sports saloon’s streamlined, coupe-like profile.