Jaguar has just unveiled its new BMW 3 Series rival, the all-new XE sedan.
Jaguar has just unveiled its new BMW 3 Series rival, the all-new XE sedan. With styling that is similar to the larger XF, the 2016 Jaguar XE is ready to take on the compact luxury sedan segment.
The XE is based on Jaguar’s new lightweight aluminum architecture and measures 183.9 inches long and 72.8 inches wide, which is about an inch longer and wider than the BMW 3 Series.
Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE positioning as a serious driver’s car. 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,” stated Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design.
Under the hood the XE will be powered by Jaguar’s new four-cylinder engines, but only one motor was revealed today in detail, the XE S’s supercharged V6. It’s the same supercharged V6 that does duty in the base F-Type and generates 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft. of torque. The V6 is mated to a eight-speed automatic and accelerates the sedan from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the BMW 335i. Want even more power? An XE SVR is reportedly in the works with 489 horsepower.
Inside Jaguar’s new InControl infotainment system is accessed through an eight-inch touchscreen that’s mounted in the middle of the dash. There’s also WiFi hotspot connectivity and Apple and Android users can access InControl apps that make it easy to do things like find parking space or book a hotel room.
The XE will go on sale in some markets starting next year, but won’t arrive in the U.S. until 2016, likely as a 2017 model.