British automaker Jaguar Land Rover has just unveiled the new 2015 Jaguar XE, the entry-level model that should take on the BMW’s 3 Series, Mercedes’ C-Class and Audi’s A4.
The new XE model is the cheapest jaguar vehicle at about $44,000 when will hit the market next year – and is the first model to use JLR’s new aluminum rear-wheel-drive architecture. The new lightweight architecture is expected to increase the sporty performance of the little sedan – as the automaker seeks to revive the sporty image of its heyday in the 1960s.
According to Max Warburton, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd. in Singapore, the new 2015 XE will be a critical test for the automaker and “a bet-the-house gamble” as it launches into what is arguably the most competitive premium segment of all.
“The XE is unbelievably important to [JLR],” the chief executive said. “It’s important we expand the range to cover more product segments and bring younger customers, bring females, into the range of Jaguar.”
But on the same time, Dr Speth said that JLR is not looking to outsell the German rivals - “JLR is not in the volume business”.
It is the result of more than 2.5 billion pounds investment into the car’s production programme – which resulted into the construction of two new plants and will ultimately create 2,300 jobs.
The aluminium-intensive mid-size premium sports sedan – based on the iQ Al platform is the first from Jaguar to get the new “Ingeniu engine” – an engine that weight up to 80 kg less than today’s engines, uses patented technologies to reduce friction and deliver class-leading CO2 emissions, refinement and high performance.
No more Ford Engines
There will be no more Ford engines in the new XE. The high-performance S model will get a new supercharged 3.0-litre V6. Generating 340 hp (the BMW 335i has 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque ) and 450Nm of torque. Linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls – the new engine will make the XE to hit 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds.
On the same time, the S model will be joined by other models powered by a range of four- and six-cylinder all-aluminium highly efficient 2.0-litre, petrol and diesel engines – but Jaguar did’t provided any additional information.
The lightest Jag
The XE is also the lightest, stiffest and most aerodynamic Jaguar ever produced. It has 1473 kg despite its 4,672 mm overall length, 1,416 mm height and 1,850 mm width.
Of course luxury vehicles must treat customers with luxury materials – so don’t expect any low quality materials on this vehicle. The 2015 Jaguar XE seeks to impress on both fronts with a new infotainment system, called Jaguar InControl. The system will allow both iOS and Android smartphone users to control their cars remotely in a variety of ways, including locking or unlocking the doors; starting the engine; and even timed seven-day pre-determined settings for the climate control system.
The new 2015 XE is part of Jag’s ambitions to triple the sales to about 230,000 vehicles by 2018. According to IHS Automotive, the XE will peak at 63,700 cars in 2016. We’re hoping that this new vehicle will not follow the same path as the old X-Type where the automaker lost $2.3 billion, or $6,350 per car.
The model will be launched in Europe next year, followed by U.S. deliveries a year later. Jaguar is expected to launch station wagon and crossover versions of the XE.
The XE will have its formal public debut at next month’s Paris Auto Show. Inautonews will be present at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, so visit us back during the event for live images with the new XE.
JAGUAR XE: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION S model*
|ENGINE & TRANSMISSION|
|Engine capacity (cc)||2,995|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Bore/ stroke (mm)||84.5/ 89.0|
|Cylinder block||Aluminium alloy|
|Cylinder heads||Aluminium alloy|
|Fuel injection equipment||150bar spray-guided direct injection|
|Boosting system||Twin-Vortex supercharger|
|Transmission||ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic|
|Top speed mph (km/h)||155 (250)|
|Power PS (kW)||340 (250) @ 6,500rpm|
|Torque Nm (lb ft)||450 (332) @ 4,500rpm|
|Fuel consumption mpg (litres/100km)
EU combined cycle
|CO2 emissions (g/km)
EU combined cycle
|Width excl. mirrors (mm)||1,850|
|Kerbweight (kg)||From 1,474|
XE Live Launch Video