The new rear-drive Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports saloon, with the same high standards of class and performance complimented by a host of new improvements. The aluminium-intensive body was developed alongside a new vehicle architecture, creating a car with exquisite lines and exceptional fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The XE looks and feels like no other car in its class.
A true driver's car, the rear-wheel drive XE is the only vehicle in its class to use an aluminium-intensive body, which is strong yet light. The lightweight structure makes the XE's performance even more noticeable, with a maximum speed of up to 155mph. It's also the first Jaguar to be equipped with electric power steering, providing remarkable responsiveness and a lower energy consumption than hydraulic systems.
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The range of petrol engines starts with a choice of two four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection units offering 200PS and 320Nm of torque or 250PS and 365Nm. Based on the same engine that was used in the XF and XJ saloons, it's been redesigned using aluminium and now weighs only 138kg, and offers the smoothness and power of a six-cylinder engine in a smaller, more fuel efficient package.
Those who favour diesel will also be able to select from a choice of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines, offering 163PS and 380Nm of torque or 180PS and 430Nm. The 163PS version makes the XE the most fuel-efficient Jaguar ever, achieving 75mpg and just 99g/km of CO2 emissions when coupled to the manual transmission.
The new engines work hand in hand with the six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic gearboxes to create a smooth, efficient performance, assisted by the use of hollow shafts, pocketed gears, and lightweight aluminium alloy casing that reduces weight even further.
The Jaguar XE is just as impressive inside, with a selection of colours, materials and finishes across the range. The entry-level SE model features high-quality cloth seats, while the R-Sport is finished with Taurus leather and boasts 'R-Sport' branding on the tread plates and steering wheel, as well as a subtle rear spoiler and sports suspension. The Prestige and Portfolio models offer a more luxurious option, finished in high-quality leather and contrast stitching.
The S model sits at the top of the range and features a race-inspired interior, including Taurus leather seats and the 'S' logo on the tread plates and leather sports steering wheel. A rear spoiler, red brake callipers and 20" 'Propeller' alloy wheels are also included in the sportier package, which comes with a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine that can reach 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds.
There's a distinct sporty feel to the cockpit, which borrows a number of designs from the F-Type, while a raised centre console houses Jaguar's InControl Touch, the control hub of the XE. The 8" touchscreen offers smartphone connectivity and gives drivers full control over the Meridian audio system, climate control, satellite navigation, and much more.
The InControl Touch system is just the start, as the Jaguar XE includes a range of other premium technology, with Head-Up Display, All Surface Progress Control, Torque Vectoring by Braking, and Jaguar Drive Control making sure that you are well equipped and fully prepared for the journey ahead, no matter what it decides to throw at you.
This is improved by the introduction of All Surface Programme Control, which has been developed from Land Rover's Terrain Response technology, and increases safety and performance by controlling engine output, brakes, and differential to help negotiate even the trickiest conditions.
Safety is further improved by the inclusion of Blind Spot Monitoring, Adaptive Cruise Control, which can maintain a pre-set distance to cars ahead, and a camera system that provides a 3D view of the road ahead and allows for use of the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Traffic Sign Recognition systems.
All of this makes the Jaguar XE the ideal sports saloon, boasting the latest driving technologies and providing the same high standards of comfort, quality and performance that has come to be expected from a Jaguar. Get in touch with Sturgess Jaguar for more information. We have a range of flexible Jaguar XE finance options available.