Jaguar may not have as huge a presence at this year’s Geneva Auto Show now that its big reveals of the F-type Roadster and Coupe have been accomplished, but that hasn’t stopped them from teasing us with their next big reveal. All we have are a few teaser images and a few small details, but Jaguar has confirmed that their compact 3 Series -fighter is real and it is going to wear the name XE.
This new car will be the first that is built using Jaguar’s all-new aluminum architecture that was first previewed with the C-X17 Concept SUV . Jaguar has been building aluminum intensive cars for over a decade now, but this move will further reduce the weight of Jaguar’s many offerings.
The new XE will likely create the backbone of Jaguar’s sales once it hits showrooms in 2015 (US availability is 2016). It will likely eclipse the sales of all the other Jaguars combined in its first year on sale.
For such a mainstream model, expect a range of engine options and power outputs from a base four-cylinder all the way to a potential M3 fighter with the supercharged V-6 from the F-Type.
Updated 07/30/2014: Jaguar unveiled a new image that reveals the front end of the new XE sports sedan. The new image is part of a new project called FEEL XE that will start on September 8th, 2014 and will feature Emeli Sandé.
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Updated 03/17/2014: Today we have created some renderings for you for the upcoming Jaguar XE compact sedan. Check them out after the jump.
Updated 04/02/2014: Jaguar released some information on the XE on its international webpage stating the 2016 XE will borrow the F-Type’s V-6 engine. No details were offered on the output level, but for sure will be something close to the output level offered in the F-Type: 340 horsepower in the base versions and 380 horsepower in the S version.
Updated 05/16/2014: Jaguar unveiled a new teaser image for the upcoming XE, plus another confirmation that it will be unveiled later in 2015. You can see the image after the jump. (Jaguar)
Updated 07/15/2014: Jaguar officially announced that the all-new XE will be officially unveiled in London on September 8th, 2014. Also, the model will offer a "lightweight construction expertise and sophisticated chassis technology in addition to the new family of Ingenium engines. Details after the jump.
Updated 07/29/2014: Jaguar unveiled new details on the future XE sedan, this time focusing on the car’s new lightweight, aluminum-intensive construction. Details after the jump.
We already know that the tester that we saw out and about was wearing a weird hung on its roof to confuse our spy shooter. However, that was easy to overcome by simply hacking that off and developing a more traditional Jaguar roofline.
From the rear, we imagine traditional Jag taillights with upper slivers that cut into the trunk lid. Speaking of the trunk lid, we imaging the XE with an arched lid with a fairly aggressive insert under the rear apron.
Up front, things were pretty easy, as there was a lot of sheet metal to play with in the teaser images. The front fenders and the profile view, on the other hand, are completely from the mad imagination of our rendering artist and the spy shots. I, for one, think this looks freaking awesome.
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
The only thing we know about the exterior design is that is has input from Ian Callum and we have a dark shot of the nose. From this tiny teaser, and Callum’s history at the brand, it can be safe to assume the new XE will look like a smaller and tauter version of the XF sedan. Considering how well that design still looks years after its initial release, we expect the XE to be a stunner.
The interior will be traditional Jaguar with lots of leather, but expect new details that debuted on the F-Type to carryover as well. There will not be quite as many major luxury features, or the same acres of wood and aluminum that are found in the larger Jaguars, simply to save cost and keep prices down.
What you will get is four seats with decent space for all four passengers.
Just like the rest of the Jaguar lineup, the XE has been developed using stiff bonded and riveted aluminum structures, an aerospace-inspired technology that leads to impressive weight loss. Designed around a new modular platform, the XE’s structure is mostly made of lightweight aluminum. Specifically, 75 percent of the unibody is crafted from the lightweight metal, which enables it to deliver extraordinary torsional stiffness.
Additionally, the sedan also makes use of a new grade of high-strength aluminum that features a high level of recycled material. Dubbed RC 5754, the new material will expand across the Jaguar lineup by 2020.
Jaguar announced that the XE will borrow the F-Type’s 3.0-liter V-6 engine for its performance-oriented compact sedan, but it did not reveal the output. If it produces the same amount of power as the base F-Type, that would put the XE at 340 ponies, putting it just below the M3. Chances are that Jag pushes this number past 400 horsepower to beat the M3 on paper.
This site also reveals that the XE can hit 300 km/h (186 mph) in its performance garb, and produces fewer than 100 g/km of CO2 in its four-pot version.
To enable the XE to become a suitable competitor for the BMW 3 Series, Jaguar has developed a brand-new suspension for the sedan. At the rear, the XE is fitted with an integral-link suspension system that brings major improvements over the conventional multi-link design, according to Jaguar . Specifically, the system is tuned to provide better lateral and longitudinal stiffness, which will translate into sharper response and handling, and a more comfortable ride. With many of its components forged or hollow-cast in aluminum, the integral-link suspension is also lighter than a multi-link unit.
Up front, the XE gains a double-wishbone suspension based on the design implemented on the F-Type sports car. The unit is mounted to a subframe with aluminum towers and includes many components found in both the F-Type and the XFR sedan. Also made from cast and forged aluminum, the front suspension provides the XE with additional stiffness and XFR-like agility, while reducing overall weight.
Helping the brand-new suspension provide the necessary grip on slippery surface is Jaguar’s all-new All Surface Progress Control feature. Brand-new in its class according to the Brits, the technology works like a low-speed, cruise-control system and prevents the vehicle from skidding in slippery road conditions.
The king of the segment has not been as big of a benchmark setter over the last couple generations, but there is still no denying that the 3 Series is the class leader. Jaguar will need to offer a lot of style, poise and substance to draw buyers away from the Bavarian.
Gallery BMW 3 Series Sedan
The ATS is the other newcomer to the segment. As America’s desire to beat the German’s is impressive, every piece of engineering expertise Cadillac could muster was thrown at the ATS . It has proven to be a critical success with many journalists claiming a near tie between it and the Bimmer. Jaguar has its work cut out for itself when it comes to sliding in between these two warring machines.
Gallery Cadillac ATS
If Jaguar has proved anything over the last few years, it is that it can build very competitive cars that match in power and usually win in looks. It will be exciting to see the final production version of the XE when it is unveiled. Jaguar may have a legitimate winner on its hands.
Gallery Jaguar XE
Today, Jaguar confirmed details of the brand’s all-new compact sport sedan, the Jaguar XE which will launch globally in 2015 and comes to the United States in 2016. The Jaguar XE will be the first product built on the new advanced aluminum architecture which was showcased in the C-X17 concept car in 2013. This aluminum intensive structure provides the benefits of lightness and strength for exceptional handling, performance, refinement and efficiency.
Power will be provided by a variety of engines with a wide range of capacities and output, all delivering inspirational performance and offering the latest innovations in fuel-efficient technologies. The new Ingenium engine line will also offer a flexible engine architecture that can be configured to suit in-line and transverse installations and can be used in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.
Speaking at the Geneva Auto Show, Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, confirmed: "We announced just a few weeks ago that our new Engine Manufacturing Center would produce a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low emission four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units. The first of our Ingenium engine range will be used in our all-new compact Jaguar sports sedan. That car will be called the Jaguar XE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year."
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: "The new Jaguar XE is every bit a modern Jaguar car; more compact in size but visually striking. Customers will expect a great deal from a compact Jaguar car - it must be practical but premium. We never forget we are designing a Jaguar car and that means it must be as exciting to look at and drive as it is brilliant to run and practical to own. We believe we’ve done just that with the Jaguar XE."
"The all-new Jaguar XE compact sport sedan will bring Jaguar into the largest segment of the luxury car market with a dynamic new entry that will challenge the status quo of luxury car brands," said Jeff Curry, Brand Vice President of Jaguar North America. "Jaguar is charting an exciting new path with the recent launch of the Jaguar F-TYPE and the introduction of the Jaguar XE, which completes our sedan line-up. We offer a more exclusive, distinct choice in the luxury car marketplace combining progressive British design, a high performance character and advanced aluminum technology."
The name of the Jaguar XE follows the brand’s sedan progression, positioned alongside the XF and XJ sedans in the range.
Press Release - July 15, 2014
Jaguar will unveil the latest addition to its sports saloon car family, the Jaguar XE, at a star-studded event in London on September 8th. The event will mark the unveiling of a true driver’s car; one that redefines the concept of the sports saloon - a segment that Jaguar created over 50 years ago with iconic models like the Mark II.
Jaguar will bring levels of innovation never seen before in this segment - with its lightweight construction expertise and sophisticated chassis technology in addition to the new family of Ingenium engines - all designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK.
Built around an all-new, aluminium-intensive architecture, the XE combines thrilling performance, agile handling and precise, responsive steering, with outstanding levels of refinement.
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, said:"Jaguars have always been renowned for a balance of precise handling and a high-quality ride. The XE is the culmination of everything the company has learned over the years. The Integral Link rear suspension provides a combination of supple ride and crisp handling that is unmatched in this segment. We are on target to deliver a vehicle that dynamically outperforms our rivals."
Integral link rear suspension
Unique to this segment, the Integral Link suspension delivers major benefits over conventional multi-link designs. By providing lateral and longitudinal stiffness, the integral link delivers sharp response and handling while retaining a refined, luxurious ride.
Many components of the Integral Link suspension have been forged or hollow-cast in aluminium. These are the optimum production techniques to produce a strong, lightweight solution.
Front suspension based on F-TYPE sportscar
Mounted to a subframe with cast aluminium suspension towers, the XE’s double wishbone front suspension delivers the highest levels of handling and road holding.
The advanced design is based on Jaguar’s flagship F-TYPE sportscar and includes some key components designed to deliver Jaguar XFR-levels of stiffness. These ensure the XE enjoys a similar level of agility and ’connected’ steering feel. Like the rear suspension, many components are made from cast and forged aluminium and some are produced using a patented process.
Class-leading steering feel
Jaguar is renowned for its steering feel and this will now move to the next level as the XE becomes the first Jaguar to be equipped with the latest generation Electric Power Assisted Steering.
Our latest software algorithms now allow much greater scope for tuning than hydraulic-based systems and deliver better quality steering feel. Other benefits include variable steering damping, ease of low-speed manoeuvring and the ability to adapt to Jaguar Drive Control settings. EPAS also enables a range of Active Safety and Driver Aid features.
All Surface Progress Control
Even with the best traction control, rear-wheel drive cars can struggle to pull away from rest on very slippery surfaces. For that reason, Jaguar has developed All Surface Progress Control, a completely new feature in its class.
Developed with the input of decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, ASPC can electronically gain traction with far less drama than a human driver can achieve. The system works like a low-speed cruise control to deliver optimum traction in the most slippery conditions without skidding and without the driver using the pedals.
Press Release, July 29 - 2014
The upcoming Jaguar XE has been designed around a new modular vehicle architecture and uses an aluminum-intensive unibody. Lightweight aluminum accounts for 75 percent of the structure.
Lightweight construction is a core element of Jaguar design, and Jaguar is at the forefront of aluminum technology in the automotive industry. The Jaguar XJ, XK and F-TYPE have all been developed using exceptionally stiff bonded and riveted aluminum structures: now the XE becomes the latest model to use this aerospace-inspired technology. This light and strong architecture will deliver exceptional torsional stiffness, and will incorporate highly advanced suspension systems.
The Jaguar XE will combine outstanding design with benchmark levels of ride and handling – it will be the true driver’s car in the segment. The Jaguar XE will make use of a new grade of high strength aluminum called RC 5754. This new alloy features a high level of recycled material and makes a significant contribution toward Jaguar’s goal of using 75 percent recycled material by 2020. Designed and engineered in the UK, the XE will be the first Jaguar vehicle to be manufactured at a new purpose-built production facility at the company’s Solihull plant in the West Midlands in the UK.