The new Jaguar XE has been revealed during a star-studded event in Earls Court, London.
The new rear-drive Jaguar refines the concept of the sports saloon, with a lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior, and outstanding ride and handling.
The Jaguar XE has an aluminium intensive body, and is the first model developed from Jaguar Land Rover's new modular vehicle architecture. Its long wheelbase and low seating position give a streamlined, coupe-like profile.
This new aluminium body is revolutionary, as it is the first car in the world to use RC 5754 – an aluminium alloy made predominantly from recycled material. Future models will also use RC 5754, and this will help Jaguar towards its goal of using 75% recycled material by 2020.
However, while the new body structure is light, it is still strong, meeting the most stringent legislative and consumer crash test requirements worldwide, including US and Euro NCAP.
The XE is also the first car in the world to be equipped with All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), which works like a low-speed cruise control. ASPC functions between 3.6km/h and 30km/h, and by precisely controlling the brake system and the powertrain, it provides traction in even the most slippery conditions.
The XE is the first Jaguar to be equipped with electric power steering (EPAS), providing the driver with exceptional responsiveness and lower energy consumption than hydraulic systems.
“The introduction of electric power steering was a big step but one we were able to take confidently. The almost infinite range of possibilities it provides in fine tuning has enabled us to achieve the responsive, connected steering feel we require in a Jaguar – without compromise," said Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity.
Inside, the XE's all-new InControl infotainment system offers the latest technologies, with an 8" touchscreen featuring a clear, intuitive graphical interface and fast response times. The driver can use voice commands to gain access to any level of the system, and InControl's SD card-based navigation allows easy upgrades of map data.
It can also function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the internet, using the vehicle antenna to provide the best possible connection.
The new top-of-the-range XE S has a supercharged 3.0L V6, which generates 340PS and 450Nm of torque. The high-revving engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls, for immediate access to the engine's power. Accelerating to 60mph in just 4.9 seconds, the XE S has an electronically limited maximum speed of 155mph.
XE S features large air intakes, chrome side vents, discreet rear spoiler and optional 20" forged alloy wheels.
Other model options will be powered by a highly efficient 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engine, or a 2.0-litre diesel Ingenium engine, and both are matched to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engines provide fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from 75mpg and only 99g/km.
All together, the new XE boasts the lowest ownership costs of any Jaguar.
Full details of the entire XE range will be announced at the Paris Motorshow in October.