Jaguar XE: price, pictures, specs & release date of the new baby Jag

28 May, 2014 3:35pm Jack Rix

Jaguar's new XE baby saloon is coming in 2015 and we've got all the latest pictures plus details on specs, engines and design

The new Jaguar XE compact executive saloon, which will take on rivals like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4, is close to being revealed, with an official image giving us the best idea yet of what it will look like.

Heavily disguised in a mechanical body wrap, the image provides our best opportunity to see what shape the baby saloon will adopt.

The mule is still heavily clad and concealed from view but short front and rear overhangs can be made out for the first time.

The wrap showing the skeleton of the platform used on the XE is also a completely new construction form Jaguar. The ‘iQ Al’ aluminium structure will also be used to underpin the forthcoming SUV from the brand due in 2016 and eventually find its way under a range of Jaguar models in the future.

Full details on the Jaguar XE range and technical details will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show 2014, before the car goes on sale in 2015. Prices are likely to start somewhere between £25,000 and £30,000.

Jaguar XE: Geneva Motor Show 2014 reveal

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.”

Mercedes C-Class price and specs

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. 

Jaguar will be taking on the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class, so the right price is key. Expect it to cost from between £25,000 and £30,000.

Jaguar XE: design

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.”

Jaguar XE: engines

The Jaguar XE will be available with the F-Type’s V6 engine when it goes on sale next year.

An update on the brand's website confirmed the 3.0-litre supercharged unit, which comes with either 335bhp or 375bhp, will be fitted with Jaguar’s advanced aluminium platform to underpin range-topping versions of the compact sports saloon.

Along with the F-Type’s V6 engine, the XE will also be sold with Jaguar’s new Ingenium engine family, a range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel powertrains capable of CO2 emissions as low as 100g/km. Jaguar will be manufacturing all of these units at its new £355million facility in Wolverhampton.

Jaguar is also considering hybrid options for its new executive saloon, with further CO2 reductions and improved performance anticipated.

Jaguar XE: spy shots

Jaguar XS spy shot front

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.

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I hope there's something to compete with the e335d - there isn't much around that can match the performance/economy in that size range.

So...

no price.

no specs - except promises of sub-100g/km CO2 and 300 km/h Vmax - all that can be done already with the known specs of the 2014 Mercedes C-Class - C180 to C63 AMG and 2015 MY BMW 3-series - plugin hybrid and F80/2 M3/M4, plus new Audi A4 in early 2015 with similar sub 100g/km emissions and expected RS4 model.

no release date - first showing - "probably this year"; "in showrooms next year".

More lickspittle reporting from British press of non-happenings at their beloved Indian owned JLR.

'CallmeDave' must be getting desperate for his 2015 election year, and got together with the 'Chipping Norton dinner party set', including Clarkson, Murdoch and Freud, to engender more 'feelgood factor' by showing 'Britain bouncing back' with the in the headlines every day 'good news story' of JLR's rise and rise, except it's all BS, like the '3 series killer Baby Jag', Britain's rotten elite, and modern Britain and its people generally.

oh go back to your flood and drown

You sad person if you haven't got anything better do than moan and groan please go and live somewhere else and we will be shot of you.

No friends? It's probably your own fault.

It's called the 'Excess'? Really? Not a great name for a fat cat car is it? Still, I am looking forward to Britain's first 'proper' rival to a 3 series. I hope they get the styling spot on - it will need to be near perfect to out do the Beemer.

I thought the title says more than the article revealed. The face of modern journalism? Cry wolf too often and it will stop people coming in the longer term.
It will have to be a very good car to succeed, which it may prove to be. I hope it is for Jaguar's sake.

JLR made profits of £842m in the last quarter of 2013 which was up from £404m for the same quarter in 2012, on revenues of £5.3bn.

JLR built 425,006 vehicles in 2013, up from 357,773 in 2012.

And next year they will be manufacturing the new Jaguar XS, which will be a high volume vehicle followed by the C-X17 SUV.

This is hardly BS.

Had a bad day dear?

Well the JLR team really put some thought into this didn't they, not!! Lets make an XF but smaller, job done. Probably saved millions on design costs though.

JLR, please, we have heard it all before, stop telling us what you are planning on doing and then coming up short, actually get on with doing it for a change. I really am waiting for a small Jaguar, but I am getting bored now and my wallet is getting twitchy, and I dont want a German repmobile.

All X Type petrol engines were 6 cylinder, because 6 cylinder is the executive, upmarket solution. I hope there'll be a 6 cylinder that isn't stratospherically fast, but is manually geared, on this.

If there's a 3.0 V6 petrol coupe with a manual gearbox and rear wheel drive, I might just think about owning one.

Somerset Leveller? You sound more like someone with an insistent problem that will not go away because its inside you. Its people like you that killed the one time great British automobile industry built by William Morris and Herbert Austin in the 60s and 70s.

JLR are doing an extremely great job here in Britain - that is fact - in extremly difficult and unpredictable economic global times and putting their money where their mouths are instead of just yapping like a lot here in Britain! Many others just rant on but do nothing positive and are not part of our productivity and just wait for things to get better by buying in Germany or elsewhere n the meantime etc.

Germany is certainly not heaven, neither are its manufacturers. Otherwise board members and heads of production and other key personel would not have left to join JLR. Life is not a pony farm!

Many major German manufacturers shirk their social resonsibilities and pay virtually zero taxes by devious and just legal tax avoidence means with offices and mini operations in the Caribean and Asia and similar havens.Example - corporate aircraft are owned by Cayman Island companies belonging to themselves! Look at the aircraft registrations! One major in Wolfsburg has about 390 foreign offices and companies to arrange all this!

Most major German manufacturers are already outsourcing in eastern Europe and Asia on a major scale in a massive attempt to reduce costs. As well as this low cost foreign labour exploited and used through contract work agencies to try and reduce responsibility, cost and give flexibility in production dips.

Thank you Jaguar Land Rover for all you are doing and your faith in Britain and British workers!

You really have a problem! But the problem lies not with Britain or Jaguar Land Rover - its in your head!

You are a very poor person and presumably not responding to treatment.

Try immigrating to Germany - at the moment they are not particular and take nearly anything.

"I hope they get the styling spot on - it will need to be near perfect to out do the Beemer."

In that case then, to 'out do the beemer (3 series)', all they'd need to do is photocopy the X type and put slightly different lights on?

Please don't do a beemer, Jag, come up with a gorgeous, distinctive design that isn't boring or derivative like the German brands.

Should either way be one of the most anticipated launches in 2015! I remember the euphoria that surrounded the X-Types release (only to have it quashed by compromised design and poor quality!) but I truely believe an architecture independent Jaguar will get it right this time. I have no concerns for quality as Jaguar Land Rover has surpassed itself in recent consumer sentiment awards. It's also good to see consideration given to low CO2 engines as in some markets tax is based on carbon dioxide output. My only grip is that Jaguar Land Rover still hasn't given a launch date/comittment to the X-17 SUV or the Defender replacement....my anticipation for both is killing me!!

So much skepticism about this car and Jaguar.. The car will be getting a state of the art alloy chassis and new engines from it's brand new engine plant... it's not like the xtype with it's hand me down mondeo chassis and bits borrowed from the ford range.. jag can tune the new chassis to deliver the ride and handling worthy of a Jaguar and cut the weight, only a fool doubts Jaguars ability to do that
Ok JLR is a small company in comparison to the German brands but the profits it is now generating are huge and give it real ability to not just compete but lead, sales up just 20% but the one the matters profit up a huge 50% that's down to quality of sales not quantity.. For a small company like JLR to invest 1.5 billion in a chassis is unbelievable considering half a billion gets you a huge state of the art brand new engine plant...

The fact JLR has pumped so much money and effort into the chassis tells me all i need to know about this cats agility and ride quality... with a new small but powerful turbo charged hot fire engine giving it a great power to weight ratio and economy figures in the 60mpg's .... if only Jag can get it's colabiration with intel up and running in time it will really be a complete packaged car

Rome wasn't built in a day.

What about a V6??? like they had on the type.

I really hope JLR succeed with this, I want to replace my Volvo S80, and will not buy into the "German superiority" because they are not, however with a new range of wonderful engines already out, a great new design direction and replacements for aging Volvos, also using a brand new platform just around the corner, I think Jaguar need to be looking at Volvo as competition not just the Germans. I also dont always believe the JLR hype, they harp on about extensive use of lightweight materials, but end up being heavier than their competition through use of heavyluminium. JLR also need a decent manual gearbox, they cant just rely on automatics.

There will be.

...which is effectively what I said. To out do BMW, the car needs to be a strong performer in all areas from styling, engines, quality, and refinement, to efficiency, comfort, technology, and desirability. I've been looking forward to this very car for nigh on 10 years. The X type was a real let down - this one will hopefully be 500% better in every department.

"“most ... refined premium sports saloon ever..."
Great!
"range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines"
Oh dear. It's like trimming the interior with PVC and marketing it as premium.

True - Rome took a while. But cars are not cities. And the X-Type ceased production in 2009! If they has been wise, senior management would have planned a replacement years before the X-Type ran out. So the replacement is now around 7 years late!

That is incompetent management - 7 years lost profit and market place positioning to your rivals is incompetent. The new Jag really needs to be superb to claw back those lost 7 years. I agree with Shaun - I would love the new Jag to out do BMW and I would like to swap the last 7 years of BMW ownership to a fab British alternative. Many of us are holding our collective breaths ...

you talk of the Mondeo hand me down chassis, there was nothing wrong with the Mondeo chassis it was an excellent starting point, where jag went wrong was to use far to many interior parts from the Ford parts bin, the X-type was a good car but suffered from badge snobbery, admittedly it was never going to worry BMW or Audi et al but as a base point it served well as a tutorial of what stick in the mud Jaguar customers want.
I can't believe that in this day and age people are slagging off 4 cylinder engines which nowadays run just as smoothly and far more economically than V8's or V6's (although being honest when I have owned v6's in the past I did enjoy them but they don't fit in to today's environmentally conscious world)

When Tata bought JLR, they were considering closing down one of the factories. They introduced new models which were already in the pipeline and funded.

That's not incompetence. That's called logic and commonsense.

Open your eyes - 7 years waiting for a replacement IS incompetent planning on the part of the previous management, which ever way you look at it or try to spin it. Can you imagine BMW not replacing its 3 series for 7 years? Neither can I.

But JLR are now in better hands and they need to claw back that lost opportunity by stunning the motoring world with a genuine leading performer. This is what a lot of us who are Brits but run 3 series / A4's / Cl classes want.

BMW is a very successful company with billions available for development. JLR was not in that position when Tata bought the company. You need to look at the state of the company a few years ago, when they were asking for loans from the Labour government.

Having come from a manufacturing/engineering background, I understand what they were going through.

It will be a refined premium sports saloon and designed and manufactured in Britain!

This in itself marks it as something better and different to the run of the mill Euromobiles assembled out of OEM Bitsa Bins from eastern Europe and further.

No one is trimming anything concerned with it with PVC - it will be a premium and very desirable automobile!

BMWs are not perfect- thats why they have a varying length warranties in certain countries. And a limited dealer backed warranty in certain others to hold down repair claims in other countries to hold factory costs down.

Congratulations, you've completely missed the point.

yes of course, by following the same principle that has seen BMW, Audi and Mercedes sell so many cars for so much profit. Jaguar/Land Rover know exactly what they're doing which is why the XF/Evoque and new RangRover are selling so well and most importantly generating massive profits for re-investment - which is exactly what JLR are doing, re-investing huge capital into their UK plants and workforce.

The XF and XJ are very different cars that share a slightly familiar face. I struggle to tell the difference between a 3 & 5 Series and when they are debadged, it's virtually impossible. So too the A3/4/5/6/7/8 which are like Russian Dolls.

They all do it - Audi, Ford, Peugeot, BMW, etc.

Hang on a minute - Auto Express were telling us this was definitely going to be called the Jaguar 'XS' only 25 days ago!!!! I said something called a Jaguar 'Excess' wasn't a clever call. But it turns out that Auto Express got it wrong - and they even re-edited this article to hide their error!

Never mind, the name XE is better. Thank goodness Jaguar don't listen to journalists.

you dont know much do you ?

The reason the X-Type was stopped when it was, is, and listen, you will learn something here, FORD failed to invest in the car from 2001 until 2008, there were no significant updates, or changes.

When TATA took over, it was seen as an old model that would have needed a vast sum to update and ultimately change the chassis set up, which was Ford IP, it was not viable, this is ALL down to FORD, not TATA or Jaguar.

With vast sums already being spent by Ford on the S-Type replacement (XF) and XJ, and TATA not wanting to change anything of major importance, it was deemed necessary to cancel XT, and carry on investment in XF and XJ, followed by XK, as well as the various investments in Land Rover.

TATA has committed BILLIONS of pounds to JLR since and this has meant new plants in Wolverhampton, Brazil, India, China and Saudi Arabia, it has also meant that Jaguar can free itself from paying Ford an IP fee on each and every car sold that has Ford IP in, once teh next XF has a new Chassis set up and the Freelander 2 is replaced, they will be fully free.

The XE and its three derivatives will give volume to Jaguar, and a better place to gain better discounts on mass ordering of components, it means that cars like teh F-Type, Evoque and new Defender can be developed into a number of niche products, and it means that many thousands of UK residents have good jobs in a great company, ALL because of one man, Ratan Tata and his aim of giving JLR free reign to do what it wants, and it has paid him back handsomely.

So, for all the naysayers and trolls, get your facts right, stop telling lies, and making up things, you dont know what your talking about, so go away and troll the Mattel Barbie forums (are there such things ?) because thats where you are better suited

AUTOEXPRESS - your report is stupid, the title says "Jaguar XE: price, pictures, specs & release date of the new baby Jag"

right,
1) Price - you dont know, the dealers are not aware, and Jaguar has not revealed ANY details on price, so you FAIL there.

2) Specs - Again you have no idea, Jaguar are still at the final stages of detailing each model range, there is no info available to be gained with regards to Specification - another FAIL

3) Pictures, yes they are nice, but the same as every other magazine has, and as there was only 5 released, and only one of the finalised car, not really a draw is it ?

4) release date, well I can get one up on you I know the release date, mid June 2015, thats the date first customers will take delivery (I know i have placed my deposit already)

So when you so these reports on spec, dates, etc etc, at least get some facts first, dont place a headline that you cant follow up on, it is very sloppy journalism, and makes AE look even more unreadable.

What an arrogant clown you are. You sound exactly like the Angry Little Troll you condemn. You are patently unable to enter into an adult debate about 'cars' without resorting to asinine and childish comments and insults. It is clearly pointless even beginning a debate with you. You have serious arrogance issues. I am a keen supporter of British car manufacturers having worked for one of them in the past but ... no .. there is no point continuing this ... you'll never understand a proper adult conversation anyway.

What is arrogant about posting the truth, if you fail to understand my points above against your inaccuracies, well then your the one at fault.

I have no problems with the post I put , yet you feel it necessary to abuse, and make wild and rude comments, so I am not the troll, YOU plainly are, as you have done EXACTLY what a troll does, and thats abuse and cause issues.

Now you can live with that, and this will be my last post on this subject, because as far as I am concerned, you are the one with the problem, and I will leave you to your devices to consider how rude and abusive you really are...

have a very good day.

not to mention the dire BMW reliability issues that effect most models, a quick google will show you loads of engine, electrical and wheel issues.

One of the latest, cars catching fire in the steering column even when the car is NOT being used.

OK, so why is acceptable for the German brands to do that and not Jaguar.

I await your reply with interest.

Who said it's ok for the German brands to do it? Not me.
I understand why they do it, of course, but the fact is it's lazy and I'm sure there's plenty of designers in these companies who could come up with something a bit different but still to brand.
I'm disappointed with JLR because I think this is the first time they've succumbed to it as far as I'm aware.

So ignorant you don't even read your own posts. I said "JLR are now in better hands". You ignored that fact and started abuse with childish comments like "you will learn something here". Who is the troll? It is clearly not worth having any reasoned debate with you as you are an angry little man. I've seen your profile and other posts. Take a chill pill.

your the one that needs to take a chill pill, cant you let it go, just take a deep breath and breathe, as for Angry------------ YOU ARE JUST SO FUNNY

A small XF. Some thing new ??

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I too am looking forward to seeing the XE in the flesh and hope it doesn't look too much like the XF and more like a Jag.
If it's going to succeed it will need 4 wheel drive at all levels from day one linked to an auto box and diesel power plants (not offering 4 wheel drive in the diesel X type was it's undoing).
JLR also need to ditch the cheap top hung throttle pedal for a proper floor mounted job and sort their satnavs out for something that works properly as per BMW's excellent idrive.
Fixed priced servicing is also crucial in this segment (anything more than £400 for 60k miles will kill it stone dead).
JLR please task note of the above if you want to tempt us away from the German brands...

Oh dear…. dated styling with huge Vauxhall-like chrome slab on the rear,dated chrome grill surround, boring rear "bumper" treatment (this shape has been on other cars for years!) Dull rear light cluster . Are they trying to be a luxury car or the new "blingmobile"???

@ Shaun34
Patience is a virtue. Wait and you will be rewarded.

@ Gandalf
Don't forget that Ford were considering selling Jaguar some years ago. Such uncertainty naturally leads to a degree of inertia.
Also, money for investment was in short supply. Jag invested heavily in its first alluminium platform for the previous model XJ, a move which is beginning to bear fruit. The fact that that previous model did not sell as well as hoped was I read down to demand in the US for a traditional, generic design. The Yanks then didn't buy it in sufficient numbers.
It takes years to plan and finance and build a car. I think that 7 year gap is down, for the most part at least, to the reasons I give.
And as someone else said, Tata (who deserve thanks and praise) have invested massively, brought in new management and been relatively hands-off in allowing the designers and engineers at Jag to do what they do best.
I share people's frustration in the delay but I think we will see things start to move a little more rapidly in future. Let's face it, Jaguar is a relative minnow in comparison to some of its giant competitors. But it is still Jaguar. A bit different from the rest. My main hope os that those who can afford it will, when new models become available, put their money where their mouths are and do what the German do in vast numbers - that is to say, support their own brands. So if you can, buy a Jag next time folks!

@ Jon Mower

Well said Jon, you seem to know what you're talking about. The only point I would add is that Ford did invest in Jaguar (from what I read) but obviously not to such an extent (given its wide portfolio of brands and its own financial problems) such that Jaguar could really fly. I agree, Ratan Tata has (a) got a bargain for a 'cool billion' and invested massively. The fruits of all that will start to show soon enough.

@ chris_xxxx
Rightly said.

@ Kirk
The article states the XE will get the V6 from the F-Type in additon to the new 'Hotfire' 2.0 litre petrol and diesel units.

Smithynotts

Have a look at Jags from the 50s and 60s and tell me there were no striking similarities between models.
I empathise with what you are saying, but while it has got boring to the Nth degree with some manufacturers it's not actually something new.

I'd say Jag has been less derivative than most. Bottom line is though, they need to sell cars in decent numbers. If their research suggests a recognisable family line is required (why wouldn't it be?) then it makes sense, as does the fact that at some level costs must be kept in check. For all that though, Tata have invested massively in JLR and I think the results are beginning to show. More to come for sure.

I spoke to a chap some years ago who had a Merc C-Class which he'd had to put in for a service.

He was given a Mondeo as a courtesy car and told me he thought it was every bit as good to drive as the Merc.
Not sure myself then why the X-Type should have been so slated (though I never liked the 'squeezed' headlights) but I guess as you say Jag probably had to rely too heavily on the Ford parts bin, and perhaps there were reliability issues.

That said, X-Type owners still seem to like their cars and give it good scores in driver surveys, as indeed is the case with the Rover 75.

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