The Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports saloon and will be the driver's car in its class. Its lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior and outstanding ride and handling are testament to company founder Sir William Lyons' vision: 'The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive'
The rear-drive XE is the only vehicle in its class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque. This extremely robust yet light structure, together with double wishbone front suspension and an Integral Link rear axle, is fundamental to the XE's innovative benchmark vehicle dynamics.
Jaguar's world-leading expertise in aluminium structure engineering enables exceptional fuel consumption and emissions figures: with the new Ingenium diesel engines, the XE can achieve 75mpg and 99g/km CO2 - the most efficient Jaguar ever.
Powered by the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine from the acclaimed Jaguar F-Type, the XE S is capable of 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds.
"The XE's driving behaviour fully matches the promise of its seductive looks, and the emotional appeal is supported by state of-the-art approaches to efficiency, from aerodynamics to the advanced Ingenium engine family." Kevin Stride, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XE
The aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE is the first model developed from Jaguar Land Rover's new modular vehicle architecture. The long 2,835mm wheelbase and low seating position enable perfect proportions and a streamlined profile.
The cabin offers outstanding levels of comfort and spaciousness. Exquisite materials and finishes combined with Jaguar craftsmanship make this a class-beating interior that's unlike anything else in the segment. Jaguar's new InControl Touch infotainment system takes centre stage: its innovative 8-inch touchscreen brings fast, intuitive access to all features and functions - and iOS and Android smartphone apps.
The XE has some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available. All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), developed through decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, can electronically gain traction in seconds and is ideal for use on low-grip surfaces, such as snow-covered roads.
Laser projection technology enables the XE's head-up display (HUD) to generate sharp, high-contrast colour graphics (such as vehicle speed and navigation) from a module smaller and almost a third lighter than existing systems, retaining clarity even in direct sunlight.
A stereo camera is mounted behind the front windscreen to give the XE a 3D view of the road ahead: this highly accurate data is used for functions including autonomous emergency braking and a lane departure warning system.
The XE is the stiffest, most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon car ever built. It is also the first Jaguar to be equipped with electric power steering, tuned to provide exceptional responsiveness and feel but with lower energy consumption than hydraulic systems. The XE also boasts the lowest cost of ownership and most environmentally sustainable credentials of all Jaguar models.
Manufacturing of the aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE occurs at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant in an all-new facility. Part of a Â£1.5bn investment, this flexible, purpose-built site will create 1,700 UK jobs.
The XE now completes the Jaguar saloon car range, sitting below the XF and XJ model lines.
The XE Range
Each XE is designed to offer an unrivalled combination of steering response, ride comfort, refinement and performance. These attributes are matched to the sleek, perfectly-proportioned exterior styling and the premium materials and meticulous attention to detail defining the interior.
The entry-level to the XE range, the Pure (SE in the UK) model features high-quality cloth seats and a gloss black treatment for the door trim finishers and the signature 'Riva Hoop' sweeping around the instrument panel.
Seats are trimmed with Taurus leather with unique technical mesh fabric inserts. The 'Riva Hoop' and door finishers are in etched aluminium, and the tread plates and sports steering wheel feature R-Sport branding. The exterior is enhanced by a subtle rear spoiler and a noble chrome treatment for the side power vents. sports suspension delivers even better handling.
The most performance-orientated XE model features a race-inspired interior. The Taurus leather seats have suede cloth panels and the tread plates and leather sports steering wheel carry the S logo. Dark hex aluminium graces the door finishers and the 'Riva Hoop', while the centre console is gloss black. The front bumper's enlarged air intakes hint at the performance potential of the supercharged V6. Side sill extensions, rear spoiler, gloss black rear valance, red brake calipers and optional forged, 20-inch 'Propeller' alloy wheels complete the package.
Taurus leather upholstery with contrasting stitching delivers a modern, progressive luxury interior, complete with phosphor blue ambient lighting. Inserts on the air-conditioned seat option are perforated and the 'Riva Hoop' and door finishers are finished in brushed aluminium.
The most luxurious XE model, Portfolio features a wide range of colour options for the premium Windsor leather with herringbone perforations. The instrument panel features split upper and lower coverings in two colours, complete with colour-keyed twin-needle stitching for a truly bespoke feel. The aluminium trim has an embossed surface finish.
The most advanced sports saloon that Jaguar has produced, the new XE is instantly recognisable as a Jaguar, its aluminium skin formed around the fundamental principles of perfect proportions and aerodynamic efficiency. The new XE looks and feels like no other car in its class
Purity and purpose: Form and function without compromise
Always at the forefront of innovation, Jaguar created the blueprint for the first ever sports saloon with the iconic Mk II, a car which distilled sports car performance and dynamics into a stylish four-door body. The new XE builds on this unique heritage, combining Jaguar's unrivalled expertise in lightweight construction with exquisite lines, sharp radii and perfectly executed surfaces.
The only car in its class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, the XE was developed in parallel with Jaguar's lightweight, modular vehicle architecture. Created from a clean sheet, this architecture - which will form the backbone of several future Jaguar models - unlocks entirely new design possibilities for the brand.
"Great proportions and a dynamic, edgy feel are at the core of Jaguar design. We wanted to create a strong sense of movement, and have given the XE a dynamic and purposeful look that is without compromise. Sleek, low, coupe-like exterior proportions combine with an efficient package that is instantly recognisable as a true Jaguar." Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design
The strongly-sculpted bonnet is a testament to Jaguar's expertise in working with aluminium, creating a taut, muscular appearance. The very steeply raked windscreen and the rising waistline accentuate the streamlined, coupe-like profile, adding to the sense of movement.
The signature 'J-Blade' running lights are another instantly recognisable Jaguar design. In the rear lights, a horizontal line intersecting a roundel is an iconic styling feature inherited from the iconic Jaguar E-type.
Smooth progress: Sleek styling, low aerodynamic drag
Jaguar has a rich history of designing stunning, yet aerodynamically efficient cars. The new XE continues this tradition of uncompromised form and function: its profile has the lowest drag coefficient of any Jaguar yet - Cd 0.26. This was achieved through a combination of over 1,200 computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations and over eight million hours of processor time.
The body's low-drag shape is enhanced by features that amplify each improvement made. Innovations include front bumper ducts which channel laminar airflow over the surface of the front wheels to reduce drag. This is combined with lightweight under-floor panels running back to the rear silencer, creating an almost perfectly smooth surface, also significantly reducing drag.
Selecting the best: New six-speed manual transmission
The smooth-shifting manual transmission in the new Jaguar XE is characterised by its light, precise gear changes and a wide ratio spread offering a blend of excellent launch performance and quiet, refined cruising.
As well as rewarding keen drivers with its smooth shifts, the transmission also contributes to the XE's excellent fuel efficiency. Its lightweight aluminium alloy casing reduces weight, while details such as hollow shafts and pocketed gears make the transmission lighter still.
The pursuit of efficiency also meant adopting a semi-dry sump system instead of relying on the usual method of splash lubrication with its inherent parasitic losses. Instead, the oil is separated from the gears by a lightweight polymer baffle and sprayed onto the moving parts by a compact pump.
Optimised eight-speed automatic transmissions
The XE's aluminium-intensive construction has enabled weight-optimised versions of the benchmark eight-speed ZF 8HP transmission found in XJ and XF saloons to be offered with all petrol and diesel engines, saving around 10kg.
Always offering the right gear for any condition, the transmission ECU monitors driving styles and adapts shift patterns to suit. This intelligent control strategy makes the modes chosen in the Jaguar Drive Control system even more effective. In the high-performance XE S model, the transmission features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts, giving the driver full manual control over gear changes for an even more involving experience.
Advanced driver assistance systems
Jaguar has developed a suite of technologies to make driving safer, more relaxing and more enjoyable. From systems that improve low-speed traction in adverse conditions to smart braking systems which use stereo cameras to scan the road ahead - the XE is the intelligent choice in the mid-size segment
Gaining traction: All Surface Progress Control
Making its world debut in the new XE is All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). This unique traction management system, akin to a low-speed cruise control, will give the XE unrivalled all-weather capability among rear-drive cars in the segment.
ASPC is ideal for low-grip surfaces such as snow-covered driveways and ungritted winter roads, and even wet grass. Developed with the input of decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, ASPC can electronically gain traction with far less drama than the driver can achieve.
The system functions between 3.6km/h and 30km/h and is activated using the cruise control switches on the steering wheel. Having set the desired speed the driver concentrates on steering - the car takes care of the rest, ensuring smooth progress without skidding and without the driver touching the pedals. Available with automatic transmissions only, ASPC is compatible with all engines. Winter tyres make ASPC even more effective.
Laser Head-Up Display: Information right where it's needed
A first for Jaguar and for the industry, the XE's laser head-up display (HUD) projects high-contrast colour images directly in the driver's line of sight and is smaller and almost a third lighter than existing TFT systems.
The virtual images appear to 'float' two metres in front of the driver. Displaying information such as speed, turn-by-turn navigation instructions, traffic signs, and cruise control settings in this way means that the driver's eyes remain focused where they're needed most: the road ahead.
Greater contrast means greater resistance to image 'washout' in very bright sunlight. Another advantage of laser technology is that the images remain clearly visible should the driver be wearing polarised glasses.
Seeing things clearly: Stereo camera technology
The new XE is one of the first vehicles in the segment to feature a stereo camera. This state-of-the-art sensor provides a 3D view of the road ahead and is at the heart of the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and traffic sign recognition systems.
Mounted in front of the rear-view mirror, the forward-facing stereo camera can detect vehicles up to 100 metres away. If the algorithms in the AEB control module determine that a collision is likely, the brake system is pre-charged and the driver receives a visual warning in the instrument cluster and, if fitted, the head-up display. If no action is taken, full braking force is triggered automatically: the AEB system enables collision avoidance or mitigation at speeds up to 80km/h.
The traffic sign recognition system relies on the stereo camera to keep the driver informed of speed limits - including temporary limits which apply in roadworks, for example. To ensure a high degree of system robustness, camera data is always cross-referenced with speed limit information from the navigation system. A driver-selectable function enables subtle notifications if speed limits are exceeded: a ring flashes around the speed limit image, but there is no audible warning.
In addition to road signs, the advanced stereo camera also 'sees' the road markings too, and this capability is used by the XE's lane departure warning system. If the system determines that the vehicle will unintentionally leave its lane, the driver receives haptic feedback through the steering wheel rim.
The stereo camera can also help the driver to see more clearly: intelligent control of the headlights enables greater use of high beam, making night driving safer. By networking the headlight modules to the camera's image processing algorithms, the high beam assist function will automatically dip the beams when oncoming traffic is detected.
Always looking ahead: Adaptive Cruise Control
The new XE's adaptive cruise control (ACC) makes motorway journeys even more comfortable. A long-range 77GHz scanning radar monitors the road ahead, enabling the car to maintain a pre-set distance from vehicles in front. The ACC system can also initiate emergency braking if it detects an impending collision.
Keeping watch: Blind Spot Monitoring with Closing Vehicle Sensing
The new XE can also be equipped with a system to monitor the area behind the car, making overtaking safer. Medium-range 24GHz radar sensors detect vehicles approaching fast from behind: a flashing icon in the mirrors alerts the driver of the potential hazard. Once the vehicle enters the blind spot, the icon is shown as a solid.
Slotting into position: Parking made easy
The effort of trying to park in tight spots has become a thing of the past. The new XE can be specified with two semi-automated park-assist functions, which do the hard work for you. The ultrasonic sensors measure the space and, if suitable, will enable the car to steer itself during both parallel and bay parking manoeuvres - the driver only has to control the brakes and accelerator. An exit-assist function will guide the XE out again.
Backing out of parking spaces can be made even safer with the reverse traffic detection system. The sensors used in the blind spot monitoring system will detect approaching vehicles which may be unseen by the driver and can trigger an alert.
Infotainment and connectivity
From smartphone apps and Wi-Fi to premium audio systems developed with world-renowned experts Meridian - the new XE offers a suite of technologies designed to keep you informed and entertained, making every journey even more of an experience
Perfectly positioned in the sweep of the fascia, the eight-inch touchscreen is at the heart of the XE's all-new InControl Touch infotainment system.
The touchscreen features a clear, intuitive user interface designed to give quick, easy access to all features and functions. Voice control makes the system even simpler - InControl Touch responds to plain speech commands without the need to navigate down through menus, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
"In-car technologies in this ever-more connected and fast-paced world are an integral part of your driving experience. With the all-new XE we're introducing an entire suite of cutting-edge driver aids and entertainment systems. Designed and developed from scratch, they will ensure that every journey you take is simpler, more relaxing, safer, and effortlessly enjoyable." Dr Mike Bell, Jaguar's Global Connected Car Director
A feature first developed for the flagship Jaguar XJ, dual-view technology is now available in the XE. This segment-first innovation enables the touchscreen to display vehicle information for the driver while, at the same time, front seat passengers can sit back and enjoy a movie.
Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them - the new XE ensures that drivers stay connected. Jaguar InControl Apps allows users to seamlessly access smartphone apps through the XE's touchscreen, making it easy to do everything from make a conference call, find a parking space or book a hotel room. Some of the most popular apps include iHeartRadio, INRIX, Glympse, Stitcher, cityseeker and Parkopedia.
The XE also functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the internet - the vehicle antenna provides the best possible signal.
Jaguar InControl Remote allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from wherever they are using a specially-designed app. The technology enables a range of functions, from checking how much fuel is in the tank and unlocking or locking the doors, to seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE's climate control system.
InControl Secure enhances security by providing proactive vehicle monitoring. Should the XE be stolen, the tracking service can work with law enforcement agencies to locate and recover the car.
InControl Protect provides further reassurance: in the unlikely event of a malfunction, it provides optimised Jaguar Assistance, transmitting your location and vehicle diagnostic data to help minimise delays to your journey. Should the unthinkable happen and a collision occurs it will automatically make an SOS call and summon the emergency services.
Sound quality: Premium audio from Meridian
For drivers who just want to sit back and enjoy the music, the new XE brings Meridian audio technology to the segment for the first time. The latest product of the long-standing partnership between Jaguar and British audio experts Meridian, the 11-speaker system includes a powerful subwoofer and was developed specifically for the XE. Unique algorithms guarantee the best possible sound reproduction and tailor the experience to the interior's acoustics. With such an advanced music and infotainment system, the Jaguar XE will set a benchmark in its class for high quality driver and passenger entertainment that will be very difficult to beat.