The new 2016 Jaguar XE has been officially revealed, after much fanfare- which involved XEs dangling from helicopters hovering over the London skyline and a grand live performance by Emile Sande on the banks of the Thames. This new Jaguar is the Tata owned British company’s latest and smallest offering and is poised to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4, when it goes on sale in Europe and other markets including India in the first half of 2015, and from 2016, in North America as well.
Styling & Interiors:
The new baby Jag has been styled well, although it’s a relatively conservative piece, and to be very honest, it’s almost a dead-ringer for the bigger XF. Still, the lines are predictable, yet classy and the proportions are beautiful. The front fascia has an unmistakable Jaguar character- with slim headlamps, and that trademark mesh grille. The swoopy roofline ends with a rather, ordinary looking rear which features pert tail lamps with F-TYPE like LED elements within. The XE has safe styling, and doesn’t intend to wow at first sight, but a choice of nice wheels and kit, like the one on this particular S trimmed variant, it does look like a well-rounded, impressive design.
All the new Jaguar sedans- the XF, XJ and now the XE have fallen prey to a similar design template to preserve brand identity. Good or bad-you decide. They’re going the Audi/VW way.
“Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE’s positioning as a serious driver’s car,” said affable Jaguar design boss, Ian Callum. “The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it’s standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-TYPE and will stand apart in the crowd.”
The insides are riddled with familiar Jaguar elements including the steering wheel, a F-TYPE inspired twin-pod instrument cluster and the cool drive selector knob. The center console is neat, but again conservatively styled and looks a little ho-hum for a Jaguar. Still, it’d be a nice place to be in. There’s also a new infotainment system called “InControl” with an eight-inch touchscreen. According to Jaguar: “Jaguar InControl Remote functionality allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from wherever they are and control a range of vehicle functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or starting the engine. Jaguar InControl Apps allows users to seamlessly access smartphone apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen.”
Technicalities- a gist of what you need to know
Jaguar had been revealing technical details in spurts weeks before the reveal and all have been earnestly covered by Motoroids, but still we’ll just go through whatever’s on the table:
- It’s Jaguar’s first model designed around an all-new modular architecture with lightweight aluminum making up 75 percent of the structure, separating it from the competition, which still largely employs steel in its construction.
- Aluminum bits on the exterior include the hood, roof, front, doors and rear fenders while the rear floor and the boot lid use traditional steel construction.
- Jaguar says that the XE is the lightest, stiffest and most aerodynamic (Cd 0.26) saloon it has ever built – the XE S with a V6 weights 1,475 kg (3,252 pounds). It’s also the first model from Jaguar to be equipped with an electric power steering for improved efficiency.
- The XE is 4,672mm long, 1,850mm wide and 1,416mm tall with a 2,835mm wheelbase, making it slightly bigger than the F30 BMW 3-Series in every dimension aside from height (-13mm).
- The new XE employs a newly developed range of Ingenium modular engines with a 2.0-liter turbo diesel inline four cylinder unit that promises to deliver up to 75mpg UK (62.5mpg US or 3.8l/100km) with super-low CO2 emission of 99g/km. It delivers 161bhp and 258 lb-ft (349Nm) of peak torque. More petrol and twin-turbo diesel versions will be added to the range in the coming months.
- The second power train announced for the XE is the F-Type’s 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 335bhp (340PS) paired to an 8-speed auto for the sporty S model that returns a 0-60mph (96km/h) time of 4.9 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h).
- Enthusiasts rejoice! Besides the 8-speed automatic transmission, the XE will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox as well- although the engines it’ll be paired with hasn’t been confirmed with.
- There’s also a host of high-tech driver assistance systems in the XE, including an industry-first laser head-up display. The technology provides information such as speed and navigation instructions with maximum clarity and minimum distraction.
- There will be all-wheel drive variants as well, apart from the standard rear wheel drive setup.
- Further details on the power-train specifications should be released at the Paris Auto Show
In the UK, the new XE will go on sale next May with a projected starting price of from £27,000- which translates to almost 26 lakhs INR. Expect it to cost almost twice of that when it finally reached our shores sometime next year!
Head to the gallery below for more images of the 2016 Jaguar XE: