The pandemic may have temporarily affected the production and sales of automobiles, but that hasn't stopped brands like Jaguar from continually upgrading their vehicles.

Take the XE, for instance. It was just refreshed last year, but they just gave the four-door sedan a more efficient diesel powertrain.

Just like the refreshed XF revealed yesterday, the 2021 XE is now available with a 48V mild-hybrid engine. Available on the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel model, the engine now makes 204 PS thanks to a Belt-Integrated Starter Generator (BiSG). With it, the power unit now makes 24 PS more than before. It is then connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. With the extra oomph from the mild-hybrid, Jaguar claims the diesel-powered XE can now go from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.

Jaguar XE mild-hybrid image

Besides producing slightly more power, the 48V mild-hybrid system also allows the XE to harvest energy via braking/slowing down. The energy is then stored onto a 48V lithium-ion battery, which can then be used by the system to help in acceleration under load.

But what about its fuel economy? Well, according to Jaguar, the mild-hybrid XE can average 20.8 km/l. Those are close to Toyota Prius digits, and with far more luxurious circumstances

Jaguar XE mild-hybrid image

Aside from having a new engine under the hood, the 2021 XE also gets a better infotainment system. Called Pivi Pro, the system features a 10-inch media touchscreen that can now support two Bluetooth devices. It also comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, and the system can be updated remotely via over-the-air updates. Other available extras on the improved infotainment system include wireless phone charging, signal booster technology, and dual-sim capability.

Jaguar XE mild-hybrid image

Since the XE is being offered in the Philippines, we won't be surprised if Jaguar will soon offer the facelifted sedan soon. The only question now is, will Jaguar also offer the mild-hybrid turbo-diesel in the country? With diesel-powered cars still being a popular choice locally, we don't see why Jaguar will pass up an opportunity to have it available in the country in the future.