While the BMW 3 Series has grabbed headlines in the world of compact executive sedans, its competitors aren't taking things sitting down. One of them is Jaguar, and they have just unveiled the updated XE.

For 2019, Jaguar has given their baby sedan (or should we say saloon?) a bit more aggression. It has a re-profiled front bumper with a deeper front apron and extra air inlets at the corners. Speaking of which, the corner air intakes has been widened too with a new mesh pattern. While the headlights are still the same shape, it gets a smoked effect, giving it a meaner-looking face.

Jaguar XE gets a bit more attitude with 2019 update

There are more changes to be seen at the rear. Like the front, the bumper at the back gets a sportier design. The entire bottom half of the bumper has been redesigned with two different appearances depending on the variant selected. Tail lights meanwhile get new LED elements. Wheel designs are also new for 2019. The rest of the vehicle's body is carried over unchanged.

Jaguar XE gets a bit more attitude with 2019 update

Inside, there is a small but noticeable change, particularly in the center console. Gone is the old 'pop-up' gear selector knob and in its place is a more conventional lever, which is electro-mechanical. There's also a new steering wheel design with a thicker rim. Jaguar has also followed the trend of fully digital instrument clusters with a 12.3-inch screen housing all the dials and other functions. The infotainment system has been overhauled, says Jaguar, and it is also available with wireless smartphone charging.

Jaguar XE gets a bit more attitude with 2019 update

As for its engines, the range has been simplified down to three. The six-cylinder option has also been dropped, at least for the meantime. Opt for gas power and you get a 2.0-liter turbo available in two states of tune; one with 250 PS and the other with 300 PS. Go for diesel and you get a 2.0-liter with 180 PS.

For now, it's the UK market that will have the car first with a worldwide release to follow soon.