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The full official information deserves its own thread. Let's use this thread to discuss all of the official information.












This is the new 2015 Jaguar XE – it’s one-part sports saloon, one-part repmobile, and as long as there’s no hint of X-type in it, it’ll be a total nightmare for the BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-class. Or so Jaguar hopes.

And the XE needs to be that good – it is the most important Jaguar since the E-type. Jaguar and sister company Land Rover have spent a combined $2 billion on a new Wolverhampton facility that’ll produce its engines and the Solihull factory that’ll build the new compact executive alongside aluminium Range Rovers, so the XE has to succeed for Jaguar to survive.

Jaguar XE: the unique aluminium chassis

The reason the XE is built alongside the aluminium Range Rover and Range Rover Sport is because it too is built from the lightweight metal, on an all-new platform that will also soon spawn Jag’s first-ever SUV and another Range Rover model to slot between the Sport and Evoque. The 3-series et al are all built from steel, so it’s a USP for the XE in its class – and it’s rear-drive too, banishing memories of front-wheel drive X-types.

The weight reduction aluminum offers versus steel benefits both the XE’s fuel economy and dynamic performance (more of both in a minute), but the main reason Jaguar’s been able to start afresh is because it’s had no vehicle in this segment since the Ford-related X-type production was halted in 2009. Every cloud and all that…

The XE isn’t 100% aluminium, though: most of it is, including the doors, bonnet, roof and front and rear wings, but to achieve a 50:50 weight distribution, the rear floor and bootlid are actually made from good old-fashioned steel.

Jaguar XE: the new family of engines

The XE is first to use JLR’s new family of ‘Ingenium’ engines, meaning its aluminium chassis isn’t lumbered with a set of outdated powertrains. All are turbocharged, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder units – with the petrols and twin-turbo diesels to follow later – but at launch the key engine is a 161bhp and 280lb ft 2.0 D. Mix it with a six-speed manual, stop/start, all manner of other eco tricks including active radiator flaps, and the headline figures are 75mpg and 99g/km CO2.

The rivals from BMW and Audi can’t do better than 68.9g/km CO2 or 109g/km, and while the Jag weighs 1474kg, the 320d Efficient Dynamics is 1495kg and the A4 Ultra is 1540kg. That’s not much of a gap to the BMW, but Jag engineers claim the German will gain weight when it becomes EU6 compliant, whereas the XE already meets forthcoming emissions regulations.

This is Jaguar though, and if you’re launching a sports saloon to take on the BMW 3-series, an efficiency race won’t win the hearts of enthusiasts, so the red XE before you is actually the new Jaguar XE S. It uses the 335bhp and 332lb ft supercharged 3.0-litre V6 out of the F-type, and will hit 62mph in 4.9 seconds and reach a 155mph top speed.

An eight-speed ZF auto with paddle shifters, an upgraded differential, an XE S-specific set-up for the adaptive Bilstein dampers, and the more aggressive bodykit are also standard. And if you want more still, an XE R with JLR’s 5.0-litre supercharged V8 and e-diff is coming to take on the BMW M3.

Jaguar XE: can it match the 3-series?

The team behind the XE reckons they’ve got one over the 3-series with its suspension. The BMW uses MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear, but the XE has double wishbones up front (the reserve of bigger BMWs like the 5-series and 7-series) and XE vehicle programme director Nick Miller told CAR the XE’s ‘Integral Link’ rear is better too.

‘The Integral Link set-up is from the class above and it gives us a big advantage in terms of lateral and longitudinal stiffness, but also in the compliance we can have vertically.’

Miller claims the XE is about 30% more vertically compliant than its rivals with the standard damper set-up, and reckons it’ll have a great ride and sharp handling. We’ll see. Adaptive Bilstein dampers (standard on the XE S) are on option, but air suspension won’t be offered on the XE.

As well as being the lightest Jaguar saloon ever, the XE is also the stiffest. ‘It sits between the F-type Coupe and Convertible in terms of body stiffness,’ says Miller. ‘But as important to us is the attachment-point stiffness, where we’re actually bolting chassis components to. It’s so important for the feel of the steering, the front-end, the tuning you can do of the suspension.’

The XE is also the first Jaguar to use electric power steering (it’s worth a 3% reduction in CO2 emissions) and despite Miller’s assurances it’s up to scratch, we heard the same promises from Porsche about the latest 911…

Jaguar XE: a decent infotainment system (at long last)

After more than a decade with an outdated and achingly slow touchscreen infotainment system, Jaguar now has something modern to offer customers – the new InControl system is shared with the new Land Rover Discovery Sport. ‘In terms of what the customer interfaces with, it’s got an 8in touchscreen with the same technology the iPhone uses,’ says Miller. ‘In terms of responsiveness we’re now delivering a significantly faster system.’

Jaguar XE cabin revealed. Note the new infotainment system

Other tech includes a low-speed cruise control (it works between 2 and 19mph) using know-how from Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, to help out XE customers more used to front-wheel drive on slippery surfaces. Extras include a colour head-up display, an emergency braking function, traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic parking, and a 10-speaker, 380w Meridian stereo.

Jaguar XE: the design

What do you think then? Jaguar’s released a couple teaser shots of the XE in the past few months (and we’ve been producing scoop images for a number of years) but this is your first chance to finally see the Jaguar XE in the metal, both inside and out. The headlights are slimmer than the XF’s, the side vents are pinched from the F-type (and will feature on other models) and the shape of its taillights are repeated in the daytime-running light element of the rear lamp clusters. The interior attempts to ape the XJ but doesn’t quite seem to pull it off. CAR’s opinion: quite striking at the front, perhaps too much like an Audi at the back, and a little safe overall.

‘The constraint for us is that this car is going into a marketplace which is a hugely pragmatic,’ Jaguar’s direct of design Ian Callum told CAR. ‘You can’t do something overtly exotic like an F-type, so while we had the freedom to do something very exciting, we also had to work with the realism that you can’t be overt to the point of creating a car that doesn’t work for your customers.’

Callum also says the XE had to look like Jaguar’s other saloons, to help strengthen the visual identity of the brand. ‘For me it had to look like a little brother to XF, as part of a family for which we are still building a presence in the world. People need to recognise it as part of this generation of Jaguars, which is not fully known yet, especially outside of the UK.’

Full details of the Jaguar XE range will be announced at the Paris motor show on 2 October 2014, before sales commence in spring 2015, with prices from around £27,000.
http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/S...unveiled-news-pictures-spec-of-2015-baby-Jag/

In an era of radically sculpted Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Lexus vehicles, is the Jaguar XE representative of "timeless styling", or "boring"?

I love the design regardless.
 

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Jaguar XE Official Press Release



First showing of the performance-orientated Jaguar XE S
Range-topping Supercharged 3.0-litre V6; 340PS; 0-60mph: 4.9s
High-efficiency 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel: 75mpg, 99g/km CO2
Aluminium-intensive monocoque - the first in the mid-size segment
Exhilarating performance, precise handling, supple ride
Dynamic design, classic rear-drive stance
Lightest and stiffest Jaguar saloon
Most aerodynamic Jaguar ever made: Cd 0.26
Intuitive new InControl infotainment system
Intelligent Active Safety technologies to support the driver
Low cost of ownership: highly competitive fuel economy, emissions, insurance ratings, service intervals and residual values

Indicative pricing for the XE range: from £27,000

Full details of the range announced at Paris motorshow on 02.10.14

The Jaguar XE has been revealed to the world during a star-studded event held at Earls Court, London.
A true driver's car, the rear-drive Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports saloon thanks to its advanced lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior, and outstanding ride and handling. The XE goes on sale in 2015, with the high-performance S model at the top of the range.
The XE S rewards drivers with the responsiveness and refinement of its supercharged 3.0-litre V6. Generating 340PS and 450Nm of torque, this high-revving engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls, giving the driver immediate access to the vehicle's incredible reserves of power. Accelerating to 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds, the XE S has an electronically-limited maximum speed of 155mph.

"Jaguar's position as the leading premium manufacturer of aluminium vehicles allowed us to develop a light, stiff body structure that is ground-breaking in its class. It enables the XE's advanced chassis technologies to deliver an unprecedented balance of agility and levels of refinement previously found only in vehicles from the segments above."

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 and will set the standard for driving dynamics in the midsize segment. The long wheelbase and low seating position enable perfect proportions and a streamlined, coupe-like profile.

The S model's large front air intakes, chrome side vents, discreet rear spoiler and optional 20-inch forged alloy wheels hint at the performance potential of Jaguar's supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.

The cabin offers outstanding levels of comfort and spaciousness. Exquisite materials and finishes, combined with traditional Jaguar craftsmanship make this an interior like nothing else in the class.

The XE S will be joined by other models powered by highly efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines matched to smooth-shifting six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions. The diesels - part of Jaguar's all-new Ingenium engine family - provide exemplary fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from 75mpg and 99g/km.

The XE is also the lightest, stiffest and most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon 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 boasts the lowest cost of ownership of any Jaguar and is also the most environmentally sustainable.

The aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant in an all-new purpose-built facility. Part of a £1.5bn investment, this highly flexible, state-of-the-art manufacturing site will create 1,700 UK jobs.

The XE now completes the Jaguar saloon car range sitting below the XF and XJ models.

Full details of the entire XE range will be announced at the Paris Motorshow in October.

Compelling design: Form and function without compromise
The Jaguar XE was developed in parallel with the new modular architecture. The architecture unlocks design possibilities that did not exist before because the core dimensions were determined by design and engineering working together from the very beginning, under a philosophy of 'anything we can imagine, we can create.'
This makes it possible to realise perfect proportions: short front overhang, longer rear overhang and dynamic, cab-rearward stance. The architecture also enables the XE to feature both a low, sporty driving position and a sleek, coupe-like profile

The strongly-sculpted bonnet creates a taut, muscular appearance. The rising waistline adds to the sense of movement, while the form of the rear quarters takes inspiration from the F-TYPE Coupé. The signature J-Blade running lights are another instantly recognisable Jaguar design element. In the rear lights, a horizontal line intersecting a roundel is a powerful styling feature inherited from the iconic E-type.

Jaguar has a rich history of producing stunning, aerodynamically-efficient cars. The new XE continues the tradition of uncompromised form and function: its streamlined shape has the lowest drag coefficient of any Jaguar yet - just 0.26. This achievement is the result of 1,200 computational fluid dynamics simulations and more than eight million hours of processor time.

"Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE's positioning as a serious driver's car. The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it's standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-TYPE and will stand apart in the crowd."
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design
Expectations created by the XE's exterior styling are more than met once inside. The spacious cabin cocoons front seat passengers with a deep centre console which creates a cockpit-like feel. The F-TYPE-style dials and the cluster needle sweep on start-up further emphasise the XE's sports saloon attributes.

Front and rear seat occupants enjoy generous amounts of head and legroom - the XE proves that sleek, streamlined styling and interior space need not be mutually exclusive. Technical fabrics, fine-grain leathers and details such as contrasting twin-needle stitching give the cabin a bespoke quality. The choice of gloss black, textured aluminium, and contemporary wood veneers enhance the luxurious, hand-crafted feel. Ambient lighting in a range of up to 10 colours adds to the sense of occasion.

Aluminium-intensive monocoque: Light, stiff, safe
Jaguar is more experienced in the use of aluminium construction than any other vehicle manufacturer. The unrivalled expertise in working with this lightweight material has culminated in the revolutionary body structure of the new XE. It is the first model designed around Jaguar's all-new modular architecture and is the only car in the class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque.

Much of the aluminium is high-strength, 6000-series alloy. The bodysides are a perfect example: these complex pressings are formed in one piece, and what would once have been 1.5mm gauge sheet has been reduced to just 1.1mm - with no loss of stiffness.

The new XE has been engineered to meet the most stringent legislative and consumer crash test requirements worldwide, including US and Euro NCAP. The deployable aluminium bonnet ensures high levels of pedestrian impact protection.

Sustainability is a big part of Jaguar's aluminium story. Recycling this highly valuable material delivers impressive savings in overall CO2 emissions and the new XE 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 breakthrough will help Jaguar towards its goal of using 75 per cent recycled material by 2020.
"The XE is as strong and light as it could possibly be thanks to exhaustive analysis and by bringing the latest engineering techniques to bear on its design. It has been challenging to accomplish but the XE's structure is absolutely at the cutting edge of what is achievable today."

Dr Mark White, Jaguar's Chief Technical Specialist; Body Complete

Chassis: Agile, responsive, supple

The new XE has the most sophisticated chassis of any vehicle in its class and will set the benchmarks for ride and handling: it is a true driver's car. Where most competitors use MacPherson strut front suspension, Jaguar's vehicle dynamics team insisted on the superior double wishbone configuration. The aluminium front knuckles are as light as they are stiff and are forged from cast blanks using a patented production process.

Conventional multilink rear suspension couldn't deliver Jaguar's dynamics targets. The solution was Integral Link: a system usually found only in larger, more expensive vehicles and which delivers the ideal lateral and longitudinal stiffness values needed for the XE's precise handling and supple ride. Aluminium has been used extensively, minimising weight.

Electric power steering (EPAS) offers incredible tuning potential and greater energy efficiency than traditional hydraulic systems but Jaguar's engineers have not considered the technology sufficiently mature - until now.
Prototype development using larger vehicles convinced the dynamics team that the best EPAS technology could now deliver the advantages of fuel consumption reduction without any loss of feedback through the steering wheel. The XE is the first Jaguar to use EPAS. As well as reducing CO2 emissions by up to three per cent, the system offers the performance that Jaguar's engineers demanded.

"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."

Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar

Active safety: Intelligent technologies to support the driver

The new XE's light, stiff bodystructure has been engineered to meet the most demanding legislative and consumer crash test requirements worldwide. Complementing the outstanding levels of protection it offers is a suite of advanced driver assistance systems designed to help and support the driver, making every journey safer, more relaxing and even more enjoyable.

The XE is the first car in the world to be equipped with All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). This all-new system, developed with the input of decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, works like a low-speed cruise control. ASPC functions between 3.6km/h and 30km/h: by precisely controlling the brake system and the powertrain it delivers optimum traction in the most slippery conditions without skidding and without the driver using the pedals.

Projecting high-contrast colour images onto the windscreen, the laser head-up display (HUD) technology provides the driver with information such as speed and navigation instructions with maximum clarity and minimum distraction. As well as superb image quality, the laser HUD is smaller and almost a third lighter than existing systems.

Jaguar is one of the first manufacturers in the segment to use stereo camera technology. This state-of-the-art sensor is the 'eyes' of the XE's autonomous emergency braking system, providing highly accurate measurements of speed and distance of objects ahead, and can initiate full braking to avoid or mitigate a collision.

The stereo camera performs traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning functions too. The XE also offers systems such as adaptive cruise control, closing vehicle sensing, blind spot monitoring, semi-automated parallel and bay parking, and reverse traffic detection.

Better connected: All-new infotainment system
The XE's all-new InControl infotainment system offers the latest technologies to connect car, driver and the outside world. At its heart is an eight-inch touchscreen featuring a clear, intuitive graphical interface and fast response times.

Voice control using plain speech gives access to any level of the system, without navigating through menus, so drivers can keep their eyes on the road. InControl's SD card-based navigation allows easy upgrades of map data. The system also supports Bluetooth, audio streaming and USB connectivity.

Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them so the new XE ensures that drivers always stay connected. The car 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 functionality allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from wherever they are and control a range of vehicle functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE's climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or starting the engine. Jaguar InControl Apps allows users to seamlessly access smartphone apps through the vehicle's touchscreen.
"For up-to-the-minute parking information, to conference calls, hotel bookings to traffic warnings, InControl Apps can all be accessed with a touch of the screen. Simplifying your connected experience without compromising your interactive options: the new XE is a technologically-advanced step you'll want to take."

Dr Mike Bell, Jaguar's Global Connected Car Director

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. These superb systems are the latest product of the long-standing partnership between Jaguar and British audio experts Meridian and were developed specifically for the new XE. Unique algorithms guarantee the best possible sound reproduction and tailor the experience to the interior's acoustics.

Powertrains: Smooth, refined, efficient
The new XE is powered by a range of four- and six-cylinder all-aluminium petrol and diesel engines offering an impressive blend of performance, refinement and fuel efficiency with a breadth of capability.

For customers demanding ultimate performance and an exhilarating engine note from idle right up to the redline there's the XE S, which shares its supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with the acclaimed F-TYPE.

Spray-guided direct injection and fully variable valve timing optimise power and torque throughout the rev range. The 90° cylinder bank angle provides space for the twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger, a balancer shaft ensures smooth running.

Developing 340PS/450Nm, the V6 provides the XE S with exceptional acceleration and performance: 0-60mph takes just 4.9 seconds, and top speed is electronically-limited to 155mph.

Jaguar is launching the XE with a new family of world-class engines - Ingenium. This advanced in-house modular design began from a clean sheet and is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover's new £500 million UK Engine Manufacturing Centre.

Proven over 2 million miles of real-world testing, Ingenium is the cornerstone of Jaguar's future low-CO2 powertrain strategy and is engineered to deliver benchmark fuel efficiency, refinement and performance. It will also meet the most stringent exhaust emissions legislation worldwide.

The first Ingenium engines to come off the line are 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels. Clean combustion, variable exhaust valve timing and sophisticated exhaust gas aftertreatment ensure Euro 6 compliance and take the XE's CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km in the case of the 163PS/380Nm variant. More powerful versions will be available too, combining exceptional fuel economy and even greater responsiveness.

"Ingenium is a new family of compact, lightweight, low-friction, low-emissions engines that will deliver both the efficiency and performance that our global customers desire. Ingenium will make the new XE the most fuel efficient Jaguar ever - and the greenest."

Ron Lee, Jaguar Land Rover Group Chief Engineer, Powertrain

The 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engines are powerful and refined and generate strong torque from low speeds, ensuring excellent launch performance and mid-range response. Two ratings will be available in the XE, and both will be offered with a lighter version of the ZF 8HP automatic used in the rest of the Jaguar range: this benchmark eight-speed transmission is controlled using Jaguar's unique rotary shift selector.
Ingenium diesels will also be available with a highly efficient six-speed manual - low viscosity oil and pseudo dry-sump lubrication cut parasitic losses. All of the XE's transmissions are characterised by exceptionally smooth, quiet shifts.

An attractive business case: Sustainable, affordable

The new XE is not only the most fuel efficient Jaguar ever made, it's also one of the most cost-efficient cars in its class. With CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km, the XE attracts low levels of vehicle taxation in many countries - and is even exempt in others.

Jaguar Land Rover is on track to meet its 25 per cent reduction in fleet average tailpipe CO2 emissions - and the new XE is an integral part of this strategy - but the focus on sustainability goes much further.

Riveting and bonding the XE's lightweight bodystructure consumes less energy than traditional spot welding. And the use of recycled aluminium - in particular the new RC 5754 grade - reduces demand for primary aluminium, saving even more energy. The XE also contains 46kg of recycled plastics and renewable materials, reducing its environmental impact still further.

As well as exceptional fuel efficiency the XE's Ingenium diesel engines also achieve a remarkable 21,000 miles or two years between services. From the very beginning, key components were designed to be easily accessible to minimise scheduled maintenance and repair costs. This helps the XE to be awarded highly competitive insurance group ratings.

Full details of the entire XE range will be announced at the Paris Motorshow in October.
 

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http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/jaguar-xe-revealed-ahead-2015-launch

Jaguar has taken the wraps off its new BMW 3-series rival, the XE. The new car will be seen in British showrooms from next spring at a starting price of £27,000.

Jaguar will be hoping the XE’s impressive range of technical innovations – including a new chassis, new materials, new body, new assembly works, new engine range and a new engine plant – will help it to take on the 3-series as well as the Mercedes-Benz C-class and Audi A4.

The XE’s success has huge implications for Jaguar’s ability to fulfil its new model plan of the future, believed to include as many as half a dozen ‘white space’ vehicles.

The car does not set out to shock, however. It employs and extends the new-generation Jaguar design style introduced with the XF saloon in 2008 and developed more recently in the F-type sports car range.

The new Jaguar is an all-aluminium, four-door, rear-drive saloon – slightly bigger than a 3-series but smaller than an A4 – that uses riveting and bonding techniques developed over the past decade that make it Jaguar’s lightest, stiffest saloon yet.

The XE will become Jaguar’s entry-level model and soon after become its biggest seller. It is tipped to sell well over 100,000 units a year when production hits its stride, and even more when other body styles are launched.

Design

Design boss Ian Callum says that the new Jaguar XE will become “the defining sports saloon for Jaguar”.

His design team’s way of fulfilling that brief, he explains, was to start by giving the car a low driving position, a long, coupé-like roofline like the XF and placing the cabin as far rearward as possible to allow the car a long bonnet and short boot while still providing decent (although admittedly not class-leading) legroom and headroom in the rear.

Callum acknowledges the debt that the XE owes to the XF, which pioneered many facets of Jaguar’s modern design style: the sculpted bonnet with strong ‘power bulge’, the narrow headlights and ‘J-blade’ running lights, the rising waistline and long, confident curve of the coupé roof.

The rear lights he describes as “a horizontal line intersecting a roundel” and they owe something both to the F-type and originally the E-type, just as the rounded window of the rear door carries suggestions of the Jaguar Mark 2.

No one would suggest that this was anything but a Jaguar for 2015, but allusions to the marque’s rich history are clear in many places. Jaguar’s designers are proud of their equal partnership with the XE’s engineers and aerodynamicists.

In its most frugal form, on specially designed 17-inch wheels (as opposed to the 18s, 19s and 20s also available), the car’s drag coefficient is an impressive 0.26. The car’s lowness and shrink-wrapped lines have helped to keep the frontal area low, designers say.

Chassis and suspension

The XE is very close in all major dimensions to the A4 and 3-series (which are literally within a few millimetres of one another). It sits between the German pair in overall length, but its wheelbase is about 25mm longer than either, and it sits about 15mm lower on its standard suspension.

However, its secret weapon is a riveted and bonded aluminium monocoque body structure, currently made partly of a recycled alloy that the company wants to use for 75 per cent of suitable components by 2020.

Without disclosing the actual weights – they’ll come at next month’s Paris motor show – engineers reckon their new car is the lightest and stiffest Jaguar saloon yet.

“The XE’s structure is absolutely at the cutting edge of what is achievable today,” says Mark White, Jaguar’s chief technical specialist. Given that a BMW 320d saloon weighs just over 1400kg and the original aluminium XJ saloon undercut its rivals by about 200kg back in the day, you’d expect a diesel XE to weigh between 1200 and 1250kg to extract a decent dividend from its exotic construction.

The XE is said to have the most sophisticated suspension in its class to support a claim that it will establish new class benchmarks for ride and handling.

Where others use efficient, affordable MacPherson strut suspension up front, the XE has a widely spaced double wishbone layout (complete with the characteristic ‘goose neck’ upright similar to that used for the XK and XF) that delivers superior wheel control but costs more.

The subframe-mounted independent rear suspension is even more exotic: not a conventional multi-link system but instead dubbed Integral Link, for cost reasons usually seen on cars in the XF price range, that delivers ideal lateral stiffness for fine handling but allows considerable longitudinal compliance to build refinement, while keeping excellent toe control.

To minimise unsprung weight and provide best ride comfort, all of the major components are made in aluminium. Depending on the engine’s power output, there are three different disc brake sizes – all with new-design single-piston calipers – and a choice of four wheel sizes (and eight alloy wheel designs).

The XE is the first Jaguar in history to use electric power steering, a move described as “a big step” by Mike Cross, the chief engineer charged with ensuring that every XE drives like a real Jaguar.

“It’s a step we took confidently,” says Cross, “because the range of possibilities in fine tuning enabled us to achieve the responsive, connected steering feel a Jaguar needs.”

The XE’s chassis package utilises intelligent technologies more than any previous Jaguar. The car takes the learning from Land Rover’s Terrain Response system and adapts it to become ASPC (All Surface Progress Control), which lets drivers select one of four ideal settings: Dynamic, Normal, Eco or Winter.

Between 2mph and 20mph, the Winter setting provides a kind of low-speed cruise control that helps the car to climb very slippery slopes by applying precise control of the throttle and braking (including side-to-side braking) to maintain traction better than the best driver could manage.

Also available is a suite of the electronic driver aids that are becoming more and more common in premium cars: autonomous braking, adaptive cruise, parking assist, reverse traffic detection, blind spot monitoring and road sign recognition.

Powertrain

Jaguar will talk about only two of what appears to be at least five powertrains for its 2015 launch.

The first is the performance-orientated supercharged 3.0-litre V6, which is also used in the F-type, and the other is an all-new mainstream diesel, a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit from the Wolverhampton-built Ingenium range that will make its debut in this car but spread rapidly through the Land Rover and Jaguar model line-ups.

The petrol V6, fed by a twin-vortex, Roots-type blower, has peak outputs of 335bhp and 332lb ft of torque and propels the quickest XE to a governed top speed of 155mph, with 0-60mph acceleration of just 4.9sec on the way.

The diesel – designed from a clean sheet and built for light weight and low friction in Jaguar Land Rover’s new £500 million factory – has variable exhaust cam timing, plus exhaust after-treatment so that it can meet latest Euro 6 standards.

It produces a healthy 161bhp and 258lb ft of torque, and a remarkably low CO2 figure of 99g/km seems certain to play well with business users. So will the XE’s projected service intervals for diesel models of 21,000 miles.

For now, the engines will be available with either six-speed manual gearboxes (a special lightweight version for the diesel) or adapted versions of the ubiquitous eight-speed ZF automatic, although engineers suggest that there might be a future role here for the nine-speed auto already seen in the Range Rover Evoque.

Interior and equipment

The XE’s cabin is designed to project quality, but despite being more spacious in the front than previous Jaguar models is still relatively compact.

Ultimately, cabin space has given way to sporting pretensions. At first glance, the cabin lacks the distinction of the C-class, but it has a deep centre console that affords a pleasant, driver-focused aura and buyers get a choice of textures and aluminium or piano black dashboard finishes as alternatives to traditional wood veneers.

There is an all-new infotainment system called InControl, based around an eight-inch central touchscreen claimed to feature intuitive graphics and quick responses.

Bluetooth, updatable navigation, audio streaming and USB connectivity are offered, and the car can become a wi-fi hotspot, via an efficient roof antenna, allowing up to eight devices to be connected at once. Apps are available to promote conference calls, parking and traffic information and a myriad of other functions.

Further model pricing will be revealed closer to the car’s launch, but company officials report that demand for the XE among potential buyers is already high.
 

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Jaguar USA Press Release for the XE

WORLD PREMIER OF JAGUAR XE AT LONDON'S EARLS COURT

First showing of the performance-orientated Jaguar XE S
The Jaguar XE S features a 340hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph1

Front engine, longitudinal rear wheel drive layout, with capability of accepting all-wheel drive
Highly aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of 0.26 Cd
Intuitive new InControl™ infotainment system will be available
Intelligent Active Driver Assistance technologies to support the driver
The XE will launch in the UK in 2015 and U.S. in 2016

(MAHWAH, N.J.) – September 8, 2014 - The Jaguar XE has been revealed to the world at an event held at Earl's Court, London.

A true driver's car, the Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports sedan thanks to its advanced lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior, and outstanding ride and handling. The XE goes on sale in 2015 in the UK and in 2016 in the U.S. The high-performance S model will be at the top of the line-up.

The Jaguar XE S provides responsiveness and refinement from a supercharged 3.0-liter V6. Generating 340hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, this engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls. Accelerating to 0-60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, the XE S has an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph1.

The aluminum-intensive Jaguar XE is the first model developed from the new JLR modular vehicle architecture. The long wheelbase and low seating position enable perfect proportions and a streamlined, coupe-like profile. The S model's large front air intakes, chrome side vents, discreet rear spoiler and optional 20-inch forged alloy wheels reinforce its' performance potential.

The cabin offers outstanding levels of comfort and spaciousness. Exquisite materials and finishes, combined with traditional Jaguar craftsmanship make this an interior without compare.

The Jaguar XE will be the first Jaguar to be equipped with electric power steering. This system is tuned to provide responsiveness and excellent feel, and offers improved efficiency over hydraulic systems.
The aluminum-intensive Jaguar XE is manufactured at an all-new facility at the Jaguar Land Rover Solihull plant. Part of a $2.5 billion USD (£1.5bn GBP) investment, this highly flexible, manufacturing site will create 1,700 jobs.

The XE completes the Jaguar sedan range sitting below the XF and XJ models.

Compelling design
The Jaguar XE was developed in parallel with the new modular architecture. The architecture unlocks design possibilities that did not exist before because the core dimensions were determined by design and engineering working together from the very beginning, under a philosophy of 'anything we can imagine, we can create.

This makes it possible to realize perfect proportions: short front overhang, longer rear overhang and dynamic, cab-rearward stance. The architecture also enables the XE to feature both a low, sporty driving position and a sleek, coupe-like profile.

The strongly-sculpted hood creates a taut, muscular appearance. The rising waistline adds to the sense of movement, while the form of the rear quarters takes inspiration from the F-TYPE Coupe. The signature J-Blade running lights are a recognizable Jaguar design element. In the rear lights, a horizontal line intersecting a circle is a powerful styling feature inherited from the iconic E-Type.

Jaguar has a rich history of producing stunning, aerodynamically-efficient cars. The new Jaguar XE continues the tradition of uncompromised form and function: its streamlined shape has a low drag coefficient of 0.26. This achievement is the result of 1,200 computational fluid dynamics simulations and million hours of processor time.

"Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE positioning as a serious driver's car. The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it's standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-TYPE and will stand apart in the crowd."
– Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design

The spacious cabin cocoons front seat passengers with a deep center console which creates a cockpit-like feel. The F-TYPE-style dials and the cluster needle sweep on start-up further emphasize the sports sedan attributes of the Jaguar XE.

Front and rear seat occupants enjoy generous amounts of head and legroom – the XE proves that sleek, streamlined styling and interior space need not be mutually exclusive; fine-grain leathers and details such as contrasting twin-needle stitching give the cabin a bespoke quality. The choice of gloss black, textured aluminum, and contemporary wood veneers enhance the luxurious, hand-crafted feel. Available ambient lighting in a range of up to 10 colors adds to the sense of occasion.

Aluminum-intensive unibody
Jaguar is highly experienced in the use of aluminum construction. The expertise in working with this lightweight material has culminated in the revolutionary body structure of the new Jaguar XE. It is the first model designed around an all-new modular architecture.

Much of the aluminum is high-strength, 6000-series alloy. The body sides are a perfect example: these complex pressings are formed in one piece, and what would once have been 1.5mm gauge sheet has been reduced to just 1.1mm.

Sustainability is a big part of the Jaguar aluminum story. Recycling this highly valuable material delivers impressive savings in overall CO2 emissions and the new XE uses RC 5754 – an aluminum alloy made predominantly from recycled material. Future models will also use RC 5754 and this breakthrough will help Jaguar towards its goal of using 75 percent recycled material by 2020. The use of recycled aluminum reduces demand for primary aluminum, saving energy.

Riveting and bonding the lightweight body structure of the Jaguar XE consumes less energy than traditional spot welding. The XE also contains 101lbs. of recycled plastics and renewable materials, further reducing its environmental impact.

"The XE is as strong and light as it could possibly be thanks to exhaustive analysis and by bringing the latest engineering techniques to bear on its design. It has been challenging to accomplish but the XE structure is absolutely at the cutting edge of what is achievable today."
– Dr. Mark White, Chief Technical Specialist, Jaguar; Body Complete

Chassis
The new Jaguar XE features a sophisticated double wishbone front suspension. The aluminum front spindles are light and stiff – forged from cast blanks using a patented production process while the rear suspension features an integral link system. This system delivers lateral and longitudinal stiffness for precise handling and a supple ride. Aluminum has been used extensively in the suspension, minimizing weight.

Offering incredible tuning possibilities and greater efficiency than traditional hydraulic systems, electric power steering (EPAS) will be standard on the XE.

Powertrain
For customers demanding ultimate performance and an exhilarating engine note from idle right up to the redline there's the Jaguar XE S, which shares its supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with the acclaimed F-TYPE.
Direct injection and fully variable valve timing optimize power and torque throughout the rev range. The 90 degree cylinder bank angle provides space for the twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger, a balancer shaft ensures the engine runs smoothly.

Developing 340hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, the V6 provides the Jaguar XE S with exceptional performance: 0-60 mph takes just 4.9 seconds, and top speed is electronically-limited to 155 mph1.
The Jaguar XE will receive the new family of Ingenium engines. This advanced in-house modular design began from a clean sheet and will be manufactured at the new JLR Engine Manufacturing Center in the UK.

Proven over 2 million miles of real-world testing, Ingenium is the future of the low-CO2 powertrain strategy at Jaguar and is engineered to deliver fuel efficiency, refinement and performance.
The Jaguar XE will be offered with a lighter version of the ZF 8-speed automatic used in the rest of the Jaguar range: this benchmark eight-speed transmission is controlled using the Jaguar rotary shifter.

Active Safety and Driver Assistance features
The new light and stiff body structure of the Jaguar XE has been engineered to meet demanding legislative and consumer crash test requirements. Complementing the outstanding levels of protection it offers is a suite of advanced driver assistance systems designed to help and support the driver.

The Jaguar XE will be equipped with All Surface Progress Control (ASPC)2. This all-new system, developed with the input of decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, works like a low-speed cruise control. Functioning between 2 mph and 19 mph, ASPC is designed to precisely control the brake system and powertrain to deliver optimum traction in slippery conditions.

Projecting high-contrast color images onto the windshield, the optional laser heads-up display (HUD) technology provides the driver with information such as speed and navigation instructions.

Jaguar is one of the first manufacturers in the segment to use stereo camera technology. When fitted, this sensor is the 'eyes' of the optional autonomous emergency braking system for the Jaguar XE, providing measurements of speed and distance of objects ahead, and can initiate full braking to avoid or mitigate a collision. The stereo camera also performs traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning functions as part of the autonomous emergency braking system package2.

The XE also offers systems such as adaptive cruise control, closing vehicle sensing, blind spot monitoring, semi-automated parallel and perpendicular parking, and reverse traffic detection2.

All-new infotainment system
The all-new Jaguar InControl® infotainment system offered on the XE provides the latest technologies to connect the car, driver and the outside world. At its heart is an eight-inch touchscreen featuring a clear, intuitive interface and fast response times3.

InControl Touch® supports Bluetooth®, audio streaming and USB connectivity. The Jaguar XE can be fitted with an SD card-based navigation system which allows easy upgrades of map data and voice control using plain speech gives access to any level of the system, without navigating through menus, so drivers can keep their eyes on the road3.

Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them so the new Jaguar XE ensures that drivers can stay connected. With a subscribed data plan, the Jaguar XE functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the internet.

Jaguar InControl Remote® functionality allows users of iOS® and Android™ smartphones to connect to the car remotely to control car functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the vehicle's climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or starting the engine. Jaguar InControl Apps® allows users to seamlessly access smartphone apps through the vehicle's touchscreen3.

The new Jaguar XE will be available with Meridian™ audio systems. These superb systems are the latest product of the long-standing partnership between Jaguar and British audio experts Meridian. Unique algorithms guarantee the best possible sound reproduction and tailor the experience to the interior's acoustics.

Detail of the Jaguar XE U.S. model line will be announced when the car is launched in 2016.
 

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Just noticed the rims on the XE. I like them a lot. They remind me a bit of antlers with the design. I'll be happy with them if they are the factory set that comes on the XE.
 

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It does however come down to personal preference. So while I may not be a fan of it, i'm sure there are many that love it a lot.

Now onto the details...i just love this red stitching:

 

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I'm confused. In one thread the interior is being called basic and in this thread the interior is being called overkill? LOL
 
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