Full details on the Jaguar XE range and technical details will be revealed later this year before the car goes on sale in 2015. Prices are likely to start somewhere between £25,000 and £30,000.
The new XE name was revealed by Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr Ralf Speth on the Jaguar stand at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
“We announced just a few weeks ago that our new Engine Manufacturing Centre would produce a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low emission four-cylinder petrol and diesel units," said Speth. "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.”
The car will use the same aluminium platform set to underpin the production version of the Jaguar C-X17 SUV – due in 2016 – and eventually be used underneath the bulk of cars in the Jaguar range. The saloon will be followed by an estate.
Under the bonnet will be an all-new range of Ingenium four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines built in a new Wolverhampton factory. Their focus will be to provide Jaguar the power and efficiency that customers expect in this class.
We’d seen spy shots of the XE testing in various locations around Europe but prior to these images the cars have all been test mules, wearing an XF body.
Auto Express spoke to Head of Design, Ian Callum, at the UK launch of the Jaguar F-Type Coupe about the design of the XE: “It's not just a shrunken XF, it's more than that. You'll see some similarities, we'll be getting the face of the brand out there, but we haven't taken the opportunity to radicalise the car in any way so you'll see the family resemblance.”
Along with the new aluminium platform, the XE will also be available with a range of new small capacity 2.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel engines called Ingenium. Detailed specifications on the engines have not yet been released Jaguar’s global brand chief, Adrian Hallmark, confirmed the range will include frugal sub 100g/km of CO2 engines as well as those capable of hitting 300kph (186mph).
Hybrid powertrains are also being considered, which will differ from the unit offer in the new Range Rover Hybrid. CO2 emissions will be further reduced, while performance will also be improved.
The new engines will be built at a new £355 million Jaguar plant in Wolverhampton, where an engine will be produced every 36 seconds at full capacity.
Jaguar's new BMW 3 Series rival came into sharper focus early in 2014, thanks to these first spy shots of a prototype wearing the final production body. The new baby Jag – codenamed X760 and called XE – was first announced by the company in autumn 2013 and described by company boss Ralf Speth as being the “most efficient, advanced and refined premium sports saloon ever seen in the C/D segment”.
The shots revealed that Jaguar had got the proportions right, with a low bonnet, wheels pushed to the front and a long wheelbase. There were obviously XF-inspired lights and a stretched oval grille, like that found on the C-X17 SUV concept.