Geneva 2014: Jaguar christens new sedan as the XE

Geneva 2014: Jaguar christens new sedan as the XE image

Text: / Photos: | posted March 05, 2014 10:06

Jaguar XE features state-of-the-srt 'Ingenium' engine and advanced aluminum construction technology

Jaguar has confirmed the newly named, all-new midsize sports sedan, the Jaguar XE, will finally see production.

“Our new engine manufacturing center would produce a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low emission four-cylinder petrol and diesel units. The first of our Ingenium engine range will be used in our all-new mid-sized Jaguar sports sedan. That car will be called the Jaguar XE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year,” said Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar.

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The Jaguar XE will be the first product from the new advanced aluminum architecture which was showcased in the C-X17 concept car in 2013.  Its global rollout will begin in 2015, and it will be the first aluminum monocoque vehicle in the segment. It brings drivers all the benefits of aluminum: lightness and stiffness for unbeatable handling, performance, refinement and efficiency.

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Utilizing the most flexible engine architecture ever produced by Jaguar, with an advanced design configured to suit in-line and transverse installations for rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, the new engines will be both efficient and powerful – including top speeds of over 300km/h.

"The new Jaguar XE is every bit a modern Jaguar; more compact in size but visually striking. Customers will expect a great deal from a mid-size Jaguar - it must be practical but premium.  We never forget we are designing a Jaguar and that means it must be as exciting to look at and drive as it is brilliant to run and practical to own. We believe we’ve done just that with the Jaguar XE,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design.

The name of the Jaguar XE follows a logical progression, positioned alongside the XF and XJ saloons in the range. Full technical and range details of the Jaguar XE will be announced later in 2014. The global roll-out will begin from mid-2015.