Jaguar is really bullish about the new XE compact executive saloon. When launched, it will be the cheapest Jaguar available and compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes’ new C Class and of course, the old Audi A4 which has admittedly become too long in the tooth.
The XE will feature an all aluminum construction, a first of its kind for Jaguar Land Rover. This new ‘iQ Al’ architecture is said to underpin other upcoming models in the JLR portfolio as well- the Discovery replacement to start with. A new range of 4 cylinder engines will be on offer. Called the ‘Ingenium’ family of engines, these will include a new 2-liter diesel that will be 17% more efficient than the current 2.2-liter used in the XF.
As far as the styling goes, Ian Callum’s team will make sure that it adheres to the Jaguar scheme of things. The front end has already been revealed, and this render from Virtuel-Car tries to imagine the rest. Rest assured, it’ll look like a baby XF with cues from the hallowed F-Type.
Jaguar admits that the XE will be its most crucial car in recent times, and it promises to be better than the erstwhile & forgettable X-Type compact saloon.