Jaguar has revealed a few more details about its BMW 3 Series-rivalling XE, including its 8 September unveil, which will take place in London.
Mike Cross, Jaguar chief engineer of vehicle integrity, also says that the Jaguar XE “dynamically outperforms its rivals”. Jaguar claims that’s partly down to the XE’s lightweight aluminium construction, but also the car’s advanced chassis.
It uses Integral Link rear suspension, which is unique in the premium compact executive class – even though it’s used on Ford’s forthcoming Mondeo. It helps limit the severity of big bumps and holes in the road, reduces vibration after hitting a bump and also cuts road noise.
On top of all those benefits, Jaguar says it still delivers sharp responses. With parts hollow-cast in aluminium, the suspension follows the same lightweight ethos as the rest of the car.
Meanwhile, the front suspension is based on that used in the F-Type, which Jag says delivers “XFR levels of stiffness”. Connected up with the latest electric power-steering, the XE promises “class-leading steering feel”. The new system also allows for active safety kit such as self-parking and active lane-keeping.
In addition, Jaguar has developed what it calls All Surface Progress Control. At the touch of a button, this allows drivers to let the car take over and pull away on low-grip surfaces such as ice without having to touch the pedals. It’s described as “low speed cruise control”, and promises to solve the problem of a rear-drive car getting stuck in snow.
1. Front suspension
Front suspension is based on the set-up used in the F-Type sports car, and Jaguar says it will help the XE deliver a similar level of agility to the XFR. Many of the parts are made from lightweight aluminium.
2. Electric power assisted steering
Jaguar’s latest electric power-steering system will be used on the XE, and it promises to improve steering feel. It allows for driver aids such as a self-parking system, as well as safety features like active lane keeping.
3. Integral rear link suspension
suspension design is used on premium models such as the flagship version of the Tesla Model S, and is set to feature on the next Mondeo. It not only improves handling but boosts ride quality and cuts road noise.
4. All Surface Progress Control
In snowy conditions, rear-wheel-drive cars can often struggle to get going, but ASPC solves the problem. Drivers push a button and the car does the hard work, without need for them to touch the pedals.
Jaguar Land Rover’s new family of Ingenium four-cylinder engines will launch exclusively as a 2.0-litre diesel in the new XE saloon early next year. Codenamed AJ200D, the new unit should allow for 70mpg-plus in the XE. The new Land Rover Discovery Sport will have to wait until the end of 2015 before it gets the new engine, though.
JLR has released details of its new modular range, with claims of an 80kg weight saving over today’s engines, plus reductions in friction of 17 per cent, meaning greater efficiency and response. The same basic architecture will be used across Jaguar and Land Rover products.
With each cylinder accounting for 500cc, JLR engineers said it was “completely feasible to apply the tech to three-cylinder engines”, hinting at a downsized range in future. Larger six-cylinder versions are also possible.