I've been doing some reading on the Jaguar XE's suspension system. Apparently it is the most sophisticated system in the segment. That is a move that Jaguar had to make in order to have the Jaguar XE be a competitor to the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The Jaguar XE uses a new "integral-link" suspension system for the rear. This is said to be a major improvement over the conventional multi-link design that most other car manufacturers use. This system should give drivers sharper response and handling, and also a more comfortable ride. The system also provides more lateral and longitudinal stiffness, in addition to being lighter due to the use of components being made from hollow cast-aluminum.
The front suspension is a widely spaced double wishbone layout that delivers more wheel control, but costs more, and is based on the F-Type's suspension system. The unit is mounted to a subframe with aluminum towers and includes parts from both the F-Type and the XFR sedan.
The improved suspension system allows the Jaguar XE to sit about 15mm lower than the A4 and 3-Series. Could this new suspension system be the key to Jaguar taking on the Germans? It certainly will be part of it. I, for one, can't wait to take a test drive in a Jaguar XE to feel out this new suspension for myself. Can anyone provide any more real world info on the new system?