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  • Jaguar XE
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    340 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    332 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    34900
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After months of rumors, teasing and other details surrounding the all-new Jaguar XE, it is finally official, as Jaguar unveiled it on September 8, 2014. Marketed as the British answer to the BMW 3 Series, the XE looks as if it will take on the 3 Series lineup from top to bottom. At the official reveal, Jaguar turned much of its attention to the XE S, which is obviously the answer to the BMW 335i and Mercedes C400, but there is also a collection of smaller diesel and gasoline engines for the lower level trims. The only model that Jaguar failed to talk about was the answer to the C63 AMG and M3, which should wear either an "R," "R-S," or an "SVR" badge.

This new car is the first that is built using Jaguar’s all-new aluminum architecture that was previewed with the C-X17 Concept SUV. Jaguar has been building aluminum-intensive cars for over a decade now, but this move further reduces the weight of Jaguar’s many offerings.

The new XE, which will likely be the backbone of Jaguar’s sales once it hits showrooms in 2015 — U.S. availability is 2016 — is the first big step the company is taking toward a lineup that will include lighter and fuel-efficient, yet powerful and sporty vehicles. Let’s have a closer look at the brand-new XE right after the jump.

Updated 11/19/2015: Jaguar XE made its North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show where it was unveiled with AWD and Apple Watch Connectivity.

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Burn of $226 in About 8 Minutes While You Ride Shotgun Around the Nurburgring in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Burn of $226 in About 8 Minutes While You Ride Shotgun Around the Nurburgring in the Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Spoiler - We said ’ride’, not ’drive’

We’ve all seen videos of fast cars burning rubber on the Nürburgring. Have you ever imagined being in one of those record-setting cars? If you answered yes, well, you can finally do it courtesy of Jaguar. Starting in mid-November, Jaguar will add the XE SV Project 8, equipped with the Track Pack, to its Jaguar Race Taxi fleet. If you’re interested, a professional driver will whip you around in the XE SV Project 8 for $226 per lap.

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The 2019 BMW 3 Series is here but these 2020 Jaguar XE Spy Shots Promise it Won't Go Unopposed

The 2019 BMW 3 Series is here but these 2020 Jaguar XE Spy Shots Promise it Won’t Go Unopposed

Baby Jag sedan in for a refresh

Jaguar is preparing its smallest sedan offering, the XE, for a refresh and these spy photos show some of the changes that will be made to it. The car is quite heavily camouflaged, with camo covering most of its lower body but we can spot the redesigned front fascia and possible new rear light cluster design.

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2020 Jaguar XE

2020 Jaguar XE

Jaguar is preparing a refreshed version of its XE compact executive sedan that could be revealed as early as next year’s Geneva Motor Show. However, don’t expect it to be radically different to the current car, as Jaguar has shown that in recent years it’s adopted an evolutionary tactic for the design of its vehicles - no big changes will be made, especially since this is just a mid-life revamp, and not an all-new model.

The big news with the XE won’t be of a visual nature, but mechanical instead - Jaguar has been talking a lot about electrifying its models, and the XE is quite possibly going to be the first Jag with a mild-hybrid powertrain that pairs its current line of Ingenium four-cylinder engines with a with a 48-Volt electrical system. That system replaces the traditional alternator and starter motor combo with a single unit that also assists the powertrain.

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Jaguar XE 300 Sport Becomes First Car To Lap The Circuit de Charade in 30 Years

Jaguar XE 300 Sport Becomes First Car To Lap The Circuit de Charade in 30 Years

Forgotten French track was nicknamed the "French Nurburgring" when it was open

The Jaguar XE 300 Sport made history in the most unusual of ways by becoming the first car to lap France’s Circuit de Charade in 30 years. The five-mile circuit hasn’t been used since the late 80’s — it hosted the French Grand Prix five times between 1965 and 1988 — but Jaguar was able to work with local authorities and the track’s current owners to re-establish its original layout for the XE 300 Sport’s flying lap. In the end, the XE 300 Sport managed to clock a lap time of four minutes and nine seconds at an average of 72 mph.

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The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Steals Speed Record at Laguna Seca, But We're Not Impressed

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Steals Speed Record at Laguna Seca, But We’re Not Impressed

It’s like a high-schooler beating on a sixth grader

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has dominated the speed record for production sedans at Laguna Seca by almost a second with Randy Pobst pushing it around the track in just 1:37:54. That beats out the Cadillac CTS-V by almost a second, the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio by nearly two seconds, the BMW M5 by 2.4 seconds, and the Mercedes-AMG C63S by nearly three seconds. All of this is actually pretty impressive with the exception of one thing – the Project 8 might be a production car, but it’s hardly that. Its production run is limited to just 300 units, and it’s so heavily modified that it’s really not fair to compare it to the mass-produced models that it just beat.

Lets lake the CTS-V, for example. Sure, it’s a modified version of the CTS, but it’s not modified to the extent that it is that different. The same thing goes for the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, the M5, and the C63 S. They are all badass sedans, sure, but the Project 8 has a special distinction – only the front doors and roof panel are original. Everything else from the XE it’s based on has been replaced or manipulated in one way or another. That’s not the case with any of the cars that now, sadly, sit below the Project 8 at Laguna Seca. The Project 8 pumps out 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque from a 5.0-liter V-8. Do you think you can even get a V-8 in the XE, even in its highest trim? Sorry, not gonna happen. Oh, and the Project 8 cost more than three times that of the range-topping XE S AWD trim level. So, Jaguar wants a pat on the back for breaking the “production sedan” record at Laguna Seca, but the fact of the matter is that it had to use a limited-run car that’s heavily modified to do it. We’re not impressed one bit. This is hardly a production sedan. When Jaguar can beat out the competition with a mass-produced car, then maybe we’ll talk.

But, I digress. Even if this record-breaking run is a ferociously obnoxious pile of PR crap stinking up our office, Randy Pobst was behind the wheel, and it’s always a blast to watch this man drive. So, we’ve posted the video here for you to watch and enjoy.

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We May Not Have a Jaguar XE SVR in Our Lives, But Arden's Program Comes Pretty Darn Close

We May Not Have a Jaguar XE SVR in Our Lives, But Arden’s Program Comes Pretty Darn Close

It’s not technically a Jaguar SVR unit, but it is impressive in its own right

Well-known Jaguar tuner, Arden, has announced a tuning program that serves as an excellent alternative to the non-existent Jaguar XE SVR by tuning the XE S to deliver 463 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. You may have shed tears when Jaguar proclaimed that it had no plans to build an XE SVR, but now you can officially wipe away those tears once and for all.

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Racing Legends Rate Project 8 a 10

Racing Legends Rate Project 8 a 10

Unleashing the baddest street-legal Jag ever produced

If you wanna test your performance machine properly, you’re gonna need a racing driver or two. And that’s exactly what Jaguar did with its new XE SV Project 8, putting the pumped-up four-door through its paces at the Goodwood Motor Circuit last month. The results were captured in the following short video.

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Jaguar Finalizes XE SV Project 8, Prepares To Battle The Porsche GT3

Jaguar Finalizes XE SV Project 8, Prepares To Battle The Porsche GT3

Steel yourself for the most powerful factory Jaguar road car ever created

The world of fast sedans is about to get a whole lot quicker, as the Cat Badge is gearing up to release its highly impressive XE SV Project 8. With production set to kick off this summer, this limited-run street-legal track terror is framed as a “Porsche GT3 with four doors.”

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Jaguar Kills Off the XE S, XF S, and the V-6 That Powers Them, Possibly Opening The Door For An Ingenium Inline-Six

Jaguar Kills Off the XE S, XF S, and the V-6 That Powers Them, Possibly Opening The Door For An Ingenium Inline-Six

A new powerplant could be just over the horizon…

Word has it the Cat Badge is ditching its current supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in the U.K., citing tightening emissions regulations and poor sales as major contributing factors in its demise. In its stead, it’s looking likely Jaguar will introduce a new, more efficient straight-six.

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Barely a Day After its Unveiling, The Jaguar XE 300 SPORT Already Holds A Unique Record

Barely a Day After its Unveiling, The Jaguar XE 300 SPORT Already Holds A Unique Record

It’s a good way to get people to start talking about the newest special edition Jag

More than a few people were disappointed when news broke that Jaguar was ditching plans to build the XE SVR. To (probably) make up for it, the British automaker released the XE 300 SPORT, a special edition version that serves as a nice headline piece ahead of the updated 2019 models. To help drive up the buzz surrounding the XE 300 SPORT, Jaguar brought it to Flevonice, Netherlands, where it could have a go at the world’s longest ice track against Olympic champion speed skater Shaolin Sándor Liu. Yes, the XE 300 SPORT raced against an Olympian. You’ll never guess who came out on top.

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Jaguar Drops Plans for an XE SVR, Leaving the Project 8 as the only XE to Sport a V-8 Engine

Jaguar Drops Plans for an XE SVR, Leaving the Project 8 as the only XE to Sport a V-8 Engine

Just like that, tears swelled up in the eyes of millions

Despite all the rumors that it was going to happen, Jaguar is not building the V-8-powered XE SVR. The supposed model was generating a lot of hype because of all the speculation surrounding it, but a new report from Car and Driver is popping that balloon. The Jaguar XE SVR is not happening, folks. That leaves the limited run XE Project 8 as the only XE model to feature a V-8 engine.

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets Nurburgring Record for Sedans

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets Nurburgring Record for Sedans

Quicker than the Ferrari 488 GTB!

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the fastest production sedan on the Nurburgring track. Jaguar unveiled today that the XE SV Project 8, its high-performance four-door based on the compact XE, has set a new record on the German track known as the "Green Hell." The British sedan lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife course in 7:21.23 minutes, a whopping 11 seconds quicker than the previous record holder, the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV.

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2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

The most powerful Jaguar ever!

When Jaguar unveiled the XE back in 2015, rumors of a high-performance version surfaced almost immediately. With the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division having already launched a couple of cars, it was only natural to assume that Jaguar would develop an XE SVR to go against the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. However, the SVR has yet to make it into production, just as Jaguar has yet to launch a V-8-powered version of the car. But, the wait will be over come 2017, as the British firm has just confirmed that the XE has gained a supercharged V-8 under the "SV Project 8" badge.

If "Project 8" sounds familiar it’s because it’s the second limited-edition vehicle from SVO, following the F-Type Project 7 from 2014. The really big news here is that Project 8 is significantly more powerful than Project 7. With output close to 600 horsepower, the beefed-up sedan is officially the most powerful Jaguar ever made. The company also promises "supercar performance and dynamics in a four-door sedan," which makes Project 8 as exciting as they get. An official debut is scheduled at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 30, but Jaguar has already released spec sheets and photos.

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2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Unveiled

2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Unveiled

A 200-mph British badass with a taste for track time

Jaguar just dropped details on its latest SVO-tuned monster, the XE SV Project 8, an eight-cylinder, AWD, four-door cruise missile jam-packed with go-fast stuff. As a reminder, SVO stands for Special Vehicle Operation, which is Jag’s skunk works division. The Project 8 follows in the footsteps of the F-Type Project 7 from 2014, and is definitely a worthy second act.

Here are the specs. Carbon fiber and aluminum are everywhere, with composites for the hood and bumpers. The body gets flared wheel arches and 20-inch aluminum wheels in the corners, while the aero is very much track-ready, with an adjustable front splitter, adjustable rear spoiler, flat underbody, and rear diffuser. Under the hood is a 592-horse supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 featuring a Titanium Variable Active exhaust. Top speed is rated at 200 mph, while 0-to-60 mph is done in 3.3 seconds, making Project 8 the quickest Jag ever produced. The suspension gets a manually adjustable ride height, while multiple Driveline Dynamics settings help fine tune your set-up for track duty. Throwing the anchor are carbon ceramic brakes, plus there are silicon nitride ceramic wheel bearings, which are similar to what’s used in Formula 1. The cabin gets a four-seater layout in the U.S., while elsewhere, the Project 8 gets race buckets and a harness bar. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is set to make its first public debut later this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Sales will be worldwide, although production is set at just 300 units total.

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Jaguar Land Rover's SVO Division Needs To Be Recognized As One Of The Best In The Business

Jaguar Land Rover’s SVO Division Needs To Be Recognized As One Of The Best In The Business

With new projects like the XE SV Project 8, SVO deserves its time in the spotlight

A few days ago, Jaguar released a special edition version of the XE compact sedan. Most of you may have heard or read about it, but its unveiling wasn’t met with the same “break-the-Internet” vibe as similar products released by Ferrari (the Ferrari J50) and Lamborghini (the Lamborghini Centenerio). Part of it isn’t Jaguar’s fault because a car like the XE SV Project 8 doesn’t illicit the same level of awe as the J50 and the Centenerio. But how much of it is related to Jaguar and SVO not getting the respect it feels it deserves?

There’s an element of truth in the rationale that Jaguar is slowly building its name back to relevance after years of toiling in mediocrity. It’s done a remarkable job in recent years, but there’s still some level of hesitancy when it comes to believing that Jaguar has returned to the level of rivals like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The introduction of SVO, or as it’s really called, Special Vehicles Operations, is meant to bring that Jaguar name closer to the marque. This is where a car like the XE SV Project 8 comes into the picture, and if you haven’t been a fan of SVO’s work in the past, then you will be once you see what this juiced-up XE compact sedan is fully capable of. The full scope of details covering the XE SV Project 8 will be revealed when it makes its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the end of the month.

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What's The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

What’s The Best Sporty Luxury Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

Four doors for fun

At its most basic, a sport sedan should be a happy balance between two competing philosophies. The “sport” half of the equation should make it engaging, both in the way it drives, and the way it looks. A sport sedan should issue a dose of adrenaline when the hammer is down, and be a willing dance partner in the corners. It’s also gotta draw attention, turning heads as it goes, making its owner pause momentarily after exiting and locking the doors. Then there’s the “sedan” bit. A sport sedan isn’t supposed to be stripped down and basic – practicality and comfort are paramount. Often used as a daily driver, backside coddling should be there in abundance, complementing the car’s speed potential, rather than taking away from it. All told, it’s a big ask, but this segment has plenty of contenders vying for the title of best. In this comparison, we look at six of the top entries and sort them out, from first to last.

Listed in alphabetical order, this comparison will take a look at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. We’ve evaluated each in terms of exterior aesthetics, interior comfort and technology, powertrain and drivetrain specs, and chassis and handling. We’ve also included a glut of info in chart and graph form to help you make a quick comparison. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best sporty luxury sedan you can get for less than $50,000.

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Jaguar XE Wishing You Happy New Year In A Cool Way: Video

Jaguar XE Wishing You Happy New Year In A Cool Way: Video

2017 could be a lot of fun in a V-6-powered XE

Introduced in 2015 as a spiritual successor to the ill-fated X-Type, the Jaguar XE has had a rather quiet presence on the premium compact market up until now. Maybe it’s because Jaguar isn’t as visible as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi nowadays or maybe there’s no SVR model yet to put the XE into the spotlight, but the British sedan is in need of a better marketing campaign. It remains to be seen whether Jaguar will give the XE the attention it deserves, but in the meantime the compact sedan was used in the company’s latest commercial for the holiday season.

Launched just in time for New Year’s Day, the 30-second ad shows a red Jaguar XE drifting on wet tarmac in a parking lot until it creates a "2017" pattern on the ground. However, instead of burnt rubber from the tires, the numbers are red and white trails "left" behind by the taillights and quarter windows. Granted, there’s a lot of computer-generated graphics in this vid, but it’s a cool way to wish enthusiasts a happy new year.

Not to mention that drifting is a very fun way to spend New Year’s Day, especially in a V-6-powered Jag. However, I wouldn’t recommend doing it in a parking lot this time of year and I’m definitely against getting behind the steering wheel after having a glass or two. So, make sure you enjoy New Year’s the proper way and stay out of trouble. Happy New Year!

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Jaguar Kicks Off Wimbledon Campaign With Commercial Starring Andy Murray: Video

Jaguar Kicks Off Wimbledon Campaign With Commercial Starring Andy Murray: Video

The 2013 champion was joined by the Jaguar XE, F-Type SVR, and Formula E race car.

As the official car provider of the Championships, otherwise known to everybody as Wimbledon, Jaguar is making its presence felt ahead of this year’s tournament with the launch of the #FeelWimbledon campaign. To give the campaign a public face, the British automaker has even enlisted the services of 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to serve as brand ambassador for the tournament, which kicks off on June 27, 2016.

Speaking of Murray, Jaguar has also created a promotional video featuring the tennis player and a number of Jag models, specifically the XE, F-Type SVR, and the company’s new Formula E race car. The premise of the ad is pretty straight-forward. One at a time, the three Jaguars take to the line with a target placed at the rear section of the cars. Once the Jaguar speeds up, Murray is tasked to hit a serve into the target. Standard tennis scoring applies so, if he misses, Jaguar gets the score and if he connects, he gets the score. One at a time, the XE and F-Type SVR take in their runs before the Formula E race car comes into the picture. What follows is a pretty funny exchange between Murray and the driver, who is probably one of the last people you’d expect to see behind the wheel of a race car, let alone Jag’s new Formula E contender.

In addition to the Murray ad, Jaguar’s #FeelWimbledon campaign will also touch down in various locations around the country, specifically the Goodwood Festival of Speed where extensive promotional activities are being planned to raise awareness for the campaign. The British automaker also hired a coupe of digital specialist companies - Mindshare and Hammerhead - to create a 360-degree virtual reality tour of Center Court from the perspective of the number one British player in the world.

All of these marketing endeavors are tied into the five-year partnership Jaguar signed with the All-England Club in 2015.

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Jaguar Wants SVR Versions For F-Pace And XE

Jaguar Wants SVR Versions For F-Pace And XE

The high-performance SUV could arrive in early 2017

Launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the F-Pace brought Jaguar into a new era. One that finally includes crossovers, the body style of choice for automakers looking to boost sales. It’s been only a few months since the SUV went into production, and Jaguar is already looking to expand the nameplate with new versions. According to Car And Driver, the F-Pace could follow in the footsteps of the F-Type and receive an SVR upgrade from the brand’s Special Vehicle Operations division.

Details are slim as of this writing, but it’s easy to imagine what the F-Pace SVR will bring to the table. The sporty exterior will become even more aggressive, while aerodynamics will be enhanced by means of a revised lower front bumper and a bigger roof spoiler. The crossover will also sit closer to the ground and get a stiffer suspension, but the most important update will hide under the hood. If previous SVR models are any indication, the F-Type should get the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 offered in both the F-Type and Range Rover Sport.

However, output is unlikely to be identical to the F-Type SVR, which comes with 567 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Instead, the crossover will probably get the Range Rover Sport’s 542-horsepower and 502-pound-feet unit, which would still be very impressive. The supercharged powerplant should enable the F-Pace to hit 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 160 mph. In other words, it will enable Jaguar to compete against crossover offerings from BMW’s M and Mercedes’ AMG divisions.

There’s no information as to when the F-Pace SVR will hit dealerships, but we expect it to break cover in the first half of 2017, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show.

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2017 Jaguar XE

2017 Jaguar XE

After months of rumors, teasing and other details surrounding the all-new Jaguar XE, it is finally official, as Jaguar unveiled it on September 8, 2014. Marketed as the British answer to the BMW 3 Series, the XE looks as if it will take on the 3 Series lineup from top to bottom. At the official reveal, Jaguar turned much of its attention to the XE S, which is obviously the answer to the BMW 335i and Mercedes C400, but there is also a collection of smaller diesel and gasoline engines for the lower level trims. The only model that Jaguar failed to talk about was the answer to the C63 AMG and M3, which should wear either an "R," "R-S," or an "SVR" badge.

This new car is the first that is built using Jaguar’s all-new aluminum architecture that was previewed with the C-X17 Concept SUV. Jaguar has been building aluminum-intensive cars for over a decade now, but this move further reduces the weight of Jaguar’s many offerings.

The new XE, which will likely be the backbone of Jaguar’s sales once it hits showrooms in 2015 — U.S. availability is 2016 — is the first big step the company is taking toward a lineup that will include lighter and fuel-efficient, yet powerful and sporty vehicles. Let’s have a closer look at the brand-new XE right after the jump.

Updated 11/19/2015: Jaguar XE made its North American debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show where it was unveiled with AWD and Apple Watch Connectivity.

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BMW 3-Series Vs. Jaguar XE: Video

BMW 3-Series Vs. Jaguar XE: Video

The BMW 3 Series is, and has been for some time, the car that defines its segment. Every other car in this corner of the market is just competing with the 3 Series, and some cars are doing a better job of it than others. Since Jaguar has only just recently come out with a new 3 Series fighter, the 2017 Jaguar XE, Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head decided to take the roads of Basque Spain to compare them. And logically enough, the host takes out the BMW first, to give you an idea of what the Jag is up against.

He has a few complaints about the BMW. They seem a little nit-picky, and even admits in the case of the suspension that it’s probably a good setup for the people who actually own the car. But when he takes out the XE and starts talking about just how well sorted out it is, it starts to become clearer just how important those issues were with the 3 Series. In the end the Jaguar is the winner of the two, and that’s an amazing feat from the company that not long ago produced the X-Type.

It’s rare to see such a clear winner in a comparison like this, and it’s even more rare for that winner to be the newcomer. Much of this has to do with newly designed chassis and innovative suspension, as well as superior transmission programming. As the host will say, this leads to a feeling that the Jag is about 1,000 pounds lighter. But this point also highlights the whole problem with this review, it is completely subjective on every point. It has everything to do with the reviewers feelings, with nothing that’s really concrete. There’s a very good chance that a majority of drivers would agree with his assessment, but it’s unlikely that any viewers will feel confident enough to buy the Jaguar without at least taking a look at the BMW first.

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Jaguar Plans Competitor For BMW M3

Jaguar Plans Competitor For BMW M3

The Germans will soon be under fresh assault from new British competitors coming out of Jaguar. Jaguar is purportedly working on a variety of high-performance vehicles aimed at BMW’s M division and Mercedes’ AMG tuning house, as Jag hopes to pump up its sporting credentials with new top-rangers that raise brand perception across its catalog.

Autocar is reporting that Jaguar has the M3 in its crosshairs with a possible addition to the XE line. Using the same V-8 from the F-Type roadster, the new four-door would receive the moniker XE-R and boast 488 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel the car from a standstill to 62 mph in under five seconds. The XE-R would also come with returned versions of the F-Type S’s adaptive dampers and eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Pricing would mirror the Bavarians, starting around $85,736 

While well-suited to battle with the M3 and C63, the XE-R would also allow for an even faster SVR version from JLR’s own tuners, Special Vehicle Operations. Stuffed with 542 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque from a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 plucked from the F-Type R Coupe, it’s believed the SVR will have carbon-fiber components, a reduced curb weight and aerodynamic updates.

Tap-dancing elephant-lovers should be delighted to learn the upcoming F-Pace will likely get its own go-faster editions as well, with one company source saying “The V-8 will definitely be fitted to the F-Pace.”

Called the F-Pace R, it’s believed this pumped-up crossover will come with the same 488 horsepower and 461 pound-feet, with a price tag roughly equivalent to the Porsche Macan Turbo at $93,561. That would also open up the possibility for an even faster SVO version if demand is deemed high enough. 

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Jaguar Could Build Model Under The XE

Jaguar Could Build Model Under The XE

A compact front-wheel-drive Jaguar hatchback would have seemed like a farcical idea only a few years ago for the once-stuffy British brand, but the same could have been said for a Jaguar SUV, which is now imminent in the form of the F-Pace. Speaking at the New York Auto Show, Jaguar designer, Ian Callum, expressed his interest in conceiving a small, entry-level Jag that would slot in below the BMW 3 Series-rivaling XE.

"There’s always space to go smaller — the world is changing very quickly," Callum told Australian website Motoring. “I think there’s a huge opportunity in the small car market, but it’s a very difficult business — hugely competitive and hugely price conscious."

The small Jag under consideration would go up against the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, BMW 1 Series and Audi A3, but there are obstacles that need to be addressed before that happens. Jaguar is still a much smaller company than any of their rivals in Germany, and without similar resources, a high-volume, low-cost car would be difficult to justify. For now, Callum says Jaguar is "too small to think about taking on that sense of volume and competitive pricing," but that hasn’t stopped the company from planning ahead.

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Jaguar XE Goes Into Production

Jaguar XE Goes Into Production

The 2016 Jaguar XE doesn’t go on sale in the U.S. until next year, but it will soon be ready for European customers to enjoy, now that production has commenced at Land Rover’s Solihull assembly plant. Jaguar’s new entry-level sedan is a part of a £500 million ($734 million) investment to the plant – the largest in the plant’s 70-year history. The XE is the first Jaguar ever to roll off the Solihull line, but it certainly won’t be the last.

This investment cost was required to build the “factory within a factory” where the XE is assembled on a dedicated production line, even though the plant also builds the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery (LR4) and Land Rover Defender. In total, the upgraded Solihull factory has 1.7 million square feet of space allocated to production of the Jaguar XE, which includes an aluminum body shop that Jaguar claims to be the largest in Europe.

Aluminum is crucial to the construction of all current Jaguar and Land Rover models, and the XE continues this trend. During its launch last year, Jaguar said that the 2016 XE will be the most rigid sedan it has ever built, and it goes a step further by stating that “no other vehicle in the mid-size segment contains more aluminum” with a body that consists of 75 percent aluminum. The XE’s lightweight, aluminum-intensive monocoque architecture will also be used to underpin the upcoming 2016 Jaguar F-Pace SUV, which will also be built at Solihull.

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2018 Jaguar XE-E

2018 Jaguar XE-E

Jaguar revealed the XE sedan in 2014 after a long string of teases that nearly drove us nuts. In the UK, the XE is ready for action, but folks in the U.S. have to wait until the 2017 Jaguar XE arrives. As we get nearer to the American release of the XE, our spy photographers caught a special version of the upcoming sedan in a parking lot. This model had a badge with an “E” on a light-blue background and no visible exhaust pipes. Our thoughts immediately turned to this being either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid version of the XE.

With BMW already entrenched in the compact luxury hybrid sedan realm with the ActiveHybrid 3, and Mercedes about to dive in with the 2016 C350 Plug-In Hybrid, it was only a matter of time before Jag dipped its toes in. The question is, what type of hybrid is this? Is it a plug-in hybrid or a standard hybrid? Maybe it’s not a hybrid at all and is actually a full-electric version of the XE. I really don’t know.

We should start learning more as time goes on.

Continue reading to learn more about the Jaguar XE-E and what I think is under the hood.

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Jaguar XE will be Built in China

Jaguar XE will be Built in China

The brand-new, BMW 3 Series-fighting 2017 Jaguar XE will be built in China, making it the brand’s first model to be manufactured in the Asian country, Auto News reports. Speaking to Jaguar Land Rover global fleet director Ken Forbes, Automotive News Europe learned that the midsize premium sedan will be built alongside the Land Rover Evoque and land Rover Discovery Sport at the company’s assembly plant in Changshu. Although Jag declined to say when XE production would begin, since European sales of the XE start in May, the first sedans are expected to roll off the assembly line in the first half of 2015.

Jaguar’s decision — although not yet official — to make the XE the first China-built model isn’t surprising. According to JLR sales operations director Andy Goss, the XE is expected to help boost Chinese sales beyond the 20,000 units delivered throughout 2014. "Our spearhead vehicle for China is the XE and we think it could make significant inroads — it’s inevitable that’s going to be case," Goss said.

Even though the British automaker hasn’t confirmed whether it will build a long-wheelbase XE version, such a variant is very likely considering China’s demand for roomier interiors. Long-wheelbase versions of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are already popular in China and a stretched XE is obviously mandatory for the local market.

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Jaguar Could Return to Inline-Six Engines

Jaguar Could Return to Inline-Six Engines

In many ways, the Jaguar XE is the perfect British retort to a sport-sedan market flooded with Germans. It comes with just about everything you would expect from a Jag: a lightweight body, a functional, yet luxurious interior, and some very sexy lines to ogle. The one thing missing, however, is an inline-six under the bonnet.

If the U.S. owns the V8, you could argue that the UK owns the inline-six. It’s an engine configuration that can be found in some of the UK’s greatest sports cars; a tradition that continued right up until the 1990s, when an increase in crash standards made the shorter V design more desirable. Now, however, it appears as though Jaguar may return to its six-cylinder roots.

The rumors come amid a full reveal of the XE’s technical specs last month. While this newest model comes equipped with a supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6, the possibility for a future inline configuration was neither confirmed nor denied by chief engineer for the Ingenium engine range, Paul Witworth.

“I’m not going to tell you whether we’re going to do a V-6 or an I-6 [inline six],” Witworth told motoring.com.au. “But what I will say is an I-6 has less moving parts for a start and when it comes to fuel economy and emission the less moving parts you’ve got the better you are.”

“Straight-six cylinder gives some challenges for vehicle packaging- it’s more difficult to [achieve good] crash [test results]. But the engine will be inherently more efficient. It’ll be lighter and it’ll be cheaper [to build],” he added.

Mercedes has already made a transition to the inline-six with its new E-Class sedan. If Jaguar was to offer an inline-six in the future, it’s very likely it’ll appear in the upcoming XF, which will feature a new iteration of the Ingenium engine line yet to be revealed.

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2016 Jaguar XE Configurator Goes Live

2016 Jaguar XE Configurator Goes Live

The 2014 Paris Motor Show confirmed that the Jaguar XE is everything we hoped it would be. Lightweight, gorgeous, packed with the latest JLR technology and powerful yet fuel-efficient engines, the XE looks ready to bring the fight to the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4. Although we know almost everything there is to know about Jag’s latest "cat", we need to be patient for another year until we get to drive it, as the XE won’t be arriving Stateside until the 2016 model year. However, that didn’t stop Jaguar USA from firing up its online configurator so you can start building the British sports sedan of your dreams.

For the time being, the configurator comes with just the basic components. Users can only play with the sedan’s exterior colors and interior trims, as neither the standard nor the optional features are listed. Jaguar’s American website lists three models. There’s the base XE, the mid-level XE R-Sport and the range-topping XE S. No engine specs are given as of this writing, but be sure to stick around for more details. Meanwhile, read on to find out more about the XE’s exterior and interior colors and trims.

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Jaguar XE Will Get AWD Version And V-8 Powertrain

Jaguar XE Will Get AWD Version And V-8 Powertrain

Looks like Jaguar will indeed be offering an all-wheel-drive version of its upcoming XE sedan. This news comes by way of Jaguar XE program director Nick Miller in an interview with Car Advice; with Miller first noting the need for such a car in various European and Northern U.S. markets.

According to Miller this is part of Jaguar’s intended list of technical upgrades to the XE throughout its lifecycle and was not a result of development issues. “Developing a whole new architecture, there’s a lot of work involved in that,” Miller says. “Obviously we want to introduce it in stages so we can ensure that it gets introduced with all the quality standards met, and it was just in our second phase of technology as part of the architecture.”

As Jaguar’s newest sedan grows in popularity, performance versions will inevitably follow. Miller says the company is still looking at the potential of performance variants and whether AWD would be a logical addition. “It depends what kind of car you want to do because certainly all-wheel-drive brings its benefits in terms of traction, but it brings weight as well.”

Why would traction be an issue with a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine under the hood? Well, Miller continued by saying the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 used elsewhere in Jaguar’s ‘R’-branded cars does fit into the XE’s engine bay. This gives Jag the ability to crank out an XE R or even XE R-S version with as much as 550 horsepower.

Also confirmed is a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder derived from Jaguar’s new 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Even with the extra length, the six-cylinder “would theoretically fit,” says Miller.

In the Car Advice interview, Jaguar reveals some pretty telling ideology and vision about its future XE plans and other product ideas. Be sure to follow the link for more. For more EX news on TopSpeed click past the jump.

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Jaguar Prepares a Completely New Look for 2017

Jaguar Prepares a Completely New Look for 2017

Jaguar’s got some really big plans for the future of the brand. Circle your calendars for 2017, fellas, because the Big Cat is expected to come out with a fresh, new look. Company insiders revealed Jag’s future plans to Edmunds, and if there’s any truth to what they’re saying, we can expect a game-changing design for the British automaker.

It’s hard not to get excited when people start throwing out words like "change" and "jolt," as if to say that we should all expect a dramatic new-look for Jag. But those were the words Edmunds’ sources used. Evidently, the arrival of the F-Type Roadster and the XE compact sedan didn’t “jolt” us enough.

The next-generation XJ was singled out as the model that will get the most changes out of Jag’s current lineup. That should give luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series, the Audi A8, and the Mercedes S-Class something to collectively worry about.

Although nothing has been confirmed yet, there’s also talk that a production model of the C-X17 crossover is being planned. In the event that it gets the production thumbs up, a production Jaguar crossover could receive an aluminum body and, more importantly, an engine range similar to what the XE has. Speaking of new models, Jaguar’s also discussing the possibility of a new “white-space” model range; a replacement for the recently departed XK, and a smaller model that could compete with the likes of the Mercedes CLA-Class and the Audi A3 sedan.

In other words, Jaguar’s planning to turn the auto world upside down, which is probably what Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, and Tom Hiddleston all talked about in those “British Villains” commercials earlier this year.

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2016 Jaguar XE Superhero By Stella McCartney

2016 Jaguar XE Superhero By Stella McCartney

Jaguar’s FEEL XE campaign entered its next phase ahead of the Jaguar XE’s debut at the Paris Motor Show. This time around, the British automaker enlisted the help of noted British designer Stella McCartney to dress up a fleet of XE models in her own Spring Superhero print. Yes, the images you see covering the British luxury sedan are part of McCartney’s new superhero-themed line. Jaguar’s really going all-out to promote Feel XE, a platform it created back in July 2014 to “harness the spirit of British creativity and innovation." The company even tapped influential figures in music, film, and design to help promote the campaign.

That’s where Stella McCartney comes in. The popular British designer is lending her new superhero print into the XE, creating a playful and dynamic exterior that meshes well with its high-class interior. I admittedly don’t recognize any of the superhero heads printed into the XE, but I do appreciate that the XE can still have a fun side to it to bolster its reputation as an all-world sports sedan.

The superhero-clad Jaguar XEs will be parading in Paris on Monday, September 29, 2014 where they’ll be taking part in McCartney’s Paris Fashion Week Show on the same day. From there, the countdown begins to the Paris Motor Show where Jaguar is set to announce full details of the entire XE range.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 028 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 028 LIVE

You can go ahead and mark another successful TopSpeed Podcast in the books. Thanks for everyone who hung out with us live. We really appreciate it. If you missed the live show, don’t worry. You can watch or listen to the entire show right here.

We start things off with Mark’s week spent with the Hyundai Sonata Turbo. I take some time to talk about how incredibly well-designed the new 2015.5 Volvo XC60 is, and Mark comes back to talk about the incredible fun that is the Lexus RC and RC F.

When we make it over to the news portion of the show we spend the start of the show discussing the departure of Ferrari’s chairman, Luca di Montezemolo and what it could mean for the brand going forward. After that we move on to some Viper talk with the announcement of the new price cut, and we look at our beautiful rendering of what a new Viper Roadster would look like.

We keep up the excitement of new car news with a discussion about how great the new Mercedes AMG GT and Jaguar XE look now that both have been officially announced.

In this week’s Viewer Questions we talk about the V-8 engines we think sound the best and we discuss what happens if we get a press car that we don’t like. Do we still drive it, or does it sit in the driveway while we enjoy our personal cars?

We finish things up with an Own, Drive, Burn segment that consists of three legendary cars from Nissan’s past.

As always, we appreciate everyone who watches or listens. Don’t forget to leave your comments below. We love any and all feedback; good or bad. We also love to get questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for next week’s show.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend, everyone. We will be back to see you next Thursday!

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2017 Jaguar XE Sportbrake

2017 Jaguar XE Sportbrake

With the lightweight Jaguar XE soon to start battling the BMW 3 Series, rumors about the British company planning to roll out an entire family of vehicles are flying all over the place. Although not officially confirmed, the move makes a lot of sense considering Jaguar is aiming to become a strong competitor to Germany’s finest. Naturally, this scenario got us all excited and thinking what would an XE Coupe and Sportbrake version of the look like. Our rendering team was quick to provide us with some answers in that aspect, and, with the coupe already online, we have returned to show you the XE Sportbrake.

Yes, that’s right, we’re 100-percent positive the station wagon version of the XE will carry the Sportbrake moniker. It’s already a tradition in the Jaguar family and the Brits wouldn’t have it any other away, considering the same nameplate is used for the larger XF. Read on to see what it takes for the XE to become a premium grocery-getter.

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2017 Jaguar XE Coupe

2017 Jaguar XE Coupe

A recent report suggesting a coupe version of the Jaguar XE is in the works got us thinking; what would a coupe version of the XE look like and more importantly, what kind of engine will it have? The latter is a question that we don’t have answers to, but the question of the XE Coupe’s looks was solved by a quick email to our crack rendering team and voila, we have an image.

The rendering that our artist created of the future XE Coupe is based on the sedan model. True to form, our artist delivered with a detailed rendering that looks brazenly like a hard-charging coupe with the intentions of destroying the 4 Series and C-Class Coupe.

Remember, Jaguar has not officially confirmed plans of an XE Coupe, only throwing out that thinly veiled statement of "never say never." Take it for what it’s worth, but if you’re putting stock on it like we are, this rendering should at least point you in the right direction as far as what the XE Coupe could look like.

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Jaguar XE Could get Coupe and Station Wagon Variants

Jaguar XE Could get Coupe and Station Wagon Variants

The newly launched Jaguar XE, Britain’s lightweight competitors for the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, will spawn a new family of models, including coupe and station wagon versions. That’s the word from Car Advice, who got the information straight from Nick Miller, chief program engineer for the XE, at the sedan’s official launch in London.

Miller refrained from unveiling any actual details, but he suggested the XE will get more body styles in the future. A coupe and an estate are the obvious choices for this lineup. Naturally, the two-door will compete against the 4 Series, with a high-performance version to take on the beefed-up M4. "I’ll never say never for the future – we’re looking at all different styles for the future," he said.

On a side note, Miller also hinted that the C-X17 crossover will make it to production on the same platform.

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Video: Jaguar XE Teased One More Time Before September 8 Unveiling

Video: Jaguar XE Teased One More Time Before September 8 Unveiling

Jaguar has launched a new teaser for the XE, ahead of the compact sedan’s official unveiling on September 8th, 2014. Much like the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s interior teaser video, which ties the company’s future with that of the space program, the new XE footage revolves around the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows aerobatic team. In fact, the XE only makes a brief appearance in the video, being shown as it is transported by helicopter during the final seconds. The vehicle is too far away in the distance, which means we’ll have to settle for the teaser photo Jaguar released earlier in 2014.

As a brief reminder, the XE was developed as a competitor for the BMW 3 Series, but it will also be Britain’s main weapon against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. With most of its body structure and chassis made from aluminum, the XE is expected to be lightest sedan in its segment and deliver class-leading fuel economy in its most frugal trim. Power will come from JLR’s new Ingenium engine family and will include both gasoline and diesel powerplants. A high-performance version motivated by the familiar supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 mill is also in the books.

The first model to be unveiled will be the XE S, with the rest of the lineup to break cover during the Paris Motor Show in October 2014. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on the compact sedan next week.

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2016 Jaguar XE SVR

2016 Jaguar XE SVR

Jaguar’s upcoming BMW 3 Series fighter, the XE, is reportedly getting a high-performance, supercharged SVR version. At least that’s what Auto Express claims, adding that the hot sedan is being prepared by Jaguar Land Rover’s recently established Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. Although this is just an unconfirmed rumor, the scenario is very likely, as the XE lineup will require a more powerful sedan to compete against the range-topping BMW M3.

The SVR-badged XE is reportedly set to arrive by early 2016, about one year after the regular model goes on sale. Although Jaguar has already confirmed a performance-oriented XE powered by the 3.0-liter V-6 fitted in the F-Type, Auto Express says SVO will be taking things even further and drop the company’s supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 between the front wheels. With 489 horsepower at its disposal, the XE SVR will need about four seconds to sprint from naught to 62 mph, while top speed will be electronically limited at 155 mph.

As things stand, BMW has plenty of reasons to be worried...

Note: Photo is a teaser of the Jaguar XE

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Video: Jaguar Showcases New XE Infotainment System

Video: Jaguar Showcases New XE Infotainment System

Jaguar Land Rover has been really working on its in-car technologies these days. Remember all the fancy self-learning software inside those Land Rovers in this video? Well, Jaguar is showcasing its own set of dashboard wizardry in the upcoming 2016 Jaguar XE with this swanky video.

With the help of animated parts exploding outward for detailed views, Jaguar’s Global Connected Car Director, Mike Bell, takes us on a tour of what we can expect from the upcoming luxury car.

The Jaguar XE will be the first of many Jaguars featuring the automaker’s "InControl Touch Infotainment system" that integrates many advanced features through an eight-inch touch screen in the dash and Jaguar’s new Plain Speech Voice Control system. The infotainment software will seamlessly connect with both Apple and Android devices for in-car integration of certain applications. An in-car Wi-Fi hotspot allows multiple devices to access high-speed Internet.

Also present is an optional laser-projected heads-up display system that shows information over the entire width of the windshield including driving directions, vehicle information, and even road sign recognition. Of course a premium audio system will be featured; this one coming from Meridian.

Protecting all this valuable technology and the entire Jaguar XE will be the InControl Protect and InControl Secure systems with the former allowing for SOS emergency and Jaguar Assistance calls to be placed without the need for a cell phone in the car while the latter allows authorities to track the vehicle should it become stolen.

Overall it seems Jaguar Land Rover is working hard on becoming the leader of in-car technology and smart phone integration. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on this gadgetry when it debuts in late 2015.

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Jaguar Land Rover Announces its New Ingenium Engine Family

Jaguar Land Rover Announces its New Ingenium Engine Family

It’s been six years since Jaguar and Land Rover left the Ford ownership umbrella, but the British automakers are still using Ford-derived engines they inherited back in the late 1990s. That’s about to change though, as the Brits are set to introduce a new family of efficient powerplants. Dubbed Ingenium, these new engines promise to deliver a compelling combination of power, efficiency, and low CO2 emissions in many shapes and sizes.

Built in-house at the company’s new engine facility in Wolverhampton, England, the first version of the modular unit family is set to debut in the upcoming Jaguar XE and find its way into the Land Rover Discovery a few months after that. The Ingenium family will include both gasoline and diesel variants with turbochargers attached to them. As with all modular engines, JLR’s new powerplants will share many internals and calibration strategies, enabling the company to raise quality and simplify manufacturing.

Looks like Jaguar Land Rover is finally growing up!

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2017 Jaguar XER-S

2017 Jaguar XER-S

The upcoming Jaguar XE, the first BMW 3 Series competitor to come out of Britain, is still a long way from revealing its skin and engine lineup, but it appears the sedan is also in for a hotter version aimed at the more powerful M3.

At least that’s the word from Auto Express, with the British outlet claiming the brawnier XE will carry an XER-S badge and a V-8 engine rated at 550 horsepower. That’s the same amount found in the F-Type R, which is motivated by a supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 mill.

Details are scarce at the time of this writing, but if that output proves to be true, the new M3, which relies on just 425 ponies coming from a 3.0-liter, inline-six powerplant, will be in very big trouble.

Of course, we still have to take a look at the XER-S’ design before drawing any conclusions, but we’re expecting for a more aggressive body kit to come with that "R-S" lettering on the trunk and the extra power. There’s no word on when the XER-S is scheduled arrive, but we’re guessing it will hit showrooms by the end of 2016.

Updated 06/02/2014: Today we have created a very cool rendering for the upcoming Jaguar XER-S. Check it out after the jump.

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Video: 2016 Jaguar XE Caught Testing on the Nurburgring

Video: 2016 Jaguar XE Caught Testing on the Nurburgring

Now that the gorgeous F-Type is out burning tires and spitting flames from its throaty exhaust, Jaguar has two things on its mind: launch the C-X17 crossover and give the BMW 3 Series a run for its money with the XE sedan.

The Brits are elbows deep in the two project and they’ve been spotted getting busy at the Nurburgring track quite often lately. The XE sedan, for instance, showed up on the Nordschleife just a couple of days ago, wearing enough camouflage to keep all the details out of sight.

While our recent spy shots haven’t been as revealing as we’d hoped, the folks over at TouriClips have managed to capture some video footage of the sedan. Of course, that nasty camouflage is still in the way, but we can now see the vehicle in action on the ’Ring and more importantly, hear its 3.0-liter, V-6 engine roar.

There’s no hint as to how many horses are teaming up for that noise, but we’re prepared for at least 340 ponies, the same amount powering the base F-Type, the vehicle donating the unit. But we wouldn’t surprised to see the XE launch with more than 400 horsepower in higher trim levels, which would put it above the BMW M3.

The new sedan will break cover sometime next year, so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XE Caught Testing on the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: 2016 Jaguar XE Caught Testing on the Nurburgring

If you want a smaller, affordable Jaguar sedan, your dream is one step closer to reality. Our spy photographers have just captured the upcoming 2016 Jaguar XE getting a workout around the "Green Hell."

The new shots don’t really give us any more information about the car, but they do give us a pretty strong indication that the car is nearing the end of its development cycle. Usually, by the time cars hit the Nurburgring, they are undergoing final suspension tuning.

Seeing the Jag on the ’Ring reiterates their desire to beat the Audi’s, Mercs and BMWs that currently dominate this segment.

That said, the XE is still wearing a surprisingly large amount of camouflage, and it makes me wonder if Jaguar might be hiding a little something we are not yet aware of. If you don’t like the camo look, we have a stunning exclusive render of what the new XE might look like after the break.

Whatever the case, expect the Jaguar XE to be unveiled late this year with an on-sale date sometime next spring as a 2016 model. Engines will include a collection of V-6 and V-8s mirroring Jag’s other offerings. Expect AWD to available as well.

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Spy Shots: Jaguar XE Caught Playing on an Ice Track

Well what do we have here? Just a few days after Jaguar officially announced its upcoming 3 Series competitor, the Jaguar XE, we have photos of its blasting around in the snow. With an aluminum-intensive construction, we expect the XE to be very quick and agile.

There are very few confirmed details, but we do know that the car will debut as a sedan with a wagon version coming later. There are also rumors of coupe and convertible versions in the works. If Jaguar hopes to truly compete with BMW, Audi and Mercedes, it makes sense it would expand the XE’s body styles.

Engine choices will start with four-cylinder mills, but it should expand to include high-performance models later. The supercharged V-6 from the F-Type is a likely choice for a performance model that will have about 380 horsepower. That is not quite enough power to really compete with the M3 or C63 AMG, so it’s not a stretch to imagine Jaguar would try to stuff its 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood as well.

Styling is also a bit of a mystery, but considering Ian Callum’s past, we expect the XE to be the prettiest car in the segment. Don’t worry about the odd hunchback shape in these photos, its a disguise. If you look carefully at the head-on shot, you can see a small shelf on the roof. This would be where the huge rear buttress pieces are mounted to the car. This is used to hide the true shape of the rear end. Expect a low, swooping rear window that is closer to the larger XF’s design.

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Rendering: Jaguar’s Transition from C-X16 to XE

Before the C-X16 Concept ever made it to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with an aim "to set new class benchmarks in design, vehicle dynamics and technology," there were already rumors circulating that Jaguar was working on a new XE model. Recently, an XE prototype was caught testing with a design language similar to that of the C-X16, cementing the idea that the concept was just a starting off point to gauge interest in the new sports car.

The XE prototype was seen with a soft top, as opposed to the retractable hard top that was first thought to be featured. This, as well as the rest of the design language, falls in line with all of the latest Jaguar models, but advances with the look of the C-X16. The XE will be available in Coupe and Roadster models. They will be built on the same platform as the XK, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the same package from the XKR-S in the upcoming model. As for the engine lineup, the XE will feature a range of V6 engines, and a V8 for the top R version.

Expect the new XE model to be launched sometime next year as a direct competitor for models like the Porsche 911.

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Spy shots: Jaguar XE Caught Testing in European Alps

The Jaguar C-X16 Concept may be catching the eyes of many at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but over in the European Alps, Jaguar engineers are working the kinks out of the production version of this concept: the Jaguar XE. The XE will be debuting sometime next year and will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions, with the roadster debuting ahead of the coupe. After both of those models come out, a GT3 version for the coupe will also show its face. Maybe we’ll get lucky and get R and R-S versions as well.

Either way, the new Jaguar XE will be built on the same platform as the current XK sports car and will be powered by a 3.0 liter V6 made entirely of aluminum and delivering some 380 HP. Jaguar has promised that the XE will be a true two-seater sportscar with plans to hunt down models like the Porsche 911.

Lofty goals aside, the new Jaguar XE will fit in nicely with the Porsche clan by offering a price tag that falls somewhere between the Boxster, the Cayman, and the 911.

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Report: Jaguar Showing Sports Car Concept In Frankfurt

The 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show is still over a month away, but automakers are beginning to feed information to the press to draw in visitors. One such semi-confirmed rumor is this: Jaguar is expected to show a new sports car concept in Frankfurt, and that car is said to form the highlight of Jaguar’s exhibit at the show. While Jaguar steadfastly refused to either confirm or deny rumors, it’s likely that the new car will be a smaller, less expensive alternative to the current Jaguar XK.

To grow sales, Jaguar has long wanted a car that could compete with the likes of the Porsche Boxster or the Infiniti G37 Convertible. If British auto magazine Autocar is correct, the car that Jaguar is showing at Frankfurt has been in development for quite some time, and “will blow the rest of the industry away” when it is revealed.

Rumored to be called the Jaguar XE, the car will likely use a V-6 engine with twin sequential turbochargers. Horsepower or performance numbers are anyone’s guess, but to make a big enough wave in the industry, the XE would need to cost less than the Porsche Boxster while providing noticeably better acceleration, braking and handling. That’s a tall order, especially when you’re comparing a front-engine, rear drive car to a mid-engine, rear drive car that’s known to be among the world’s best-handling.

Jaguar’s own official statement on the matter is typically British, with a company spokesman saying simply, “Jaguar has bold plans for the future, the next stage of which will be revealed at the Frankfurt show. We are likely to have a concept car to announce there.”

In other words, look for the revolutionary new Jaguar XE to debut in concept form at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show.

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Jaguar XE to debut at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Jaguar XE to debut at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

While talking about the company’s future plans, Karl-Peter Forster and Ralph Speth confirmed that the XE sports roadster will make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This is exactly 50 years after the debut of the XKE which it is reputed to be the spiritual successor. Jaguar will unveil it as a roadster first, but a coupe version will follow.

The 2013 Jaguar XE will be built on an all-new aluminum platform and will be powered by a V8 petrol engine with 385hp in a naturally aspired version and 510 hp in the supercharged version. Reports also suggest that the upcoming XE will be made as a hybrid variant. The gas/electric vehicle will use a much more efficient lithium ion battery pack, as opposed to today’s nickel based energy storage devices. Fans of high performance don’t fret, because Jaguar is also preparing an R version of the XE.

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2011 Jaguar XE Roadster - will it look like this?

2011 Jaguar XE Roadster - will it look like this?

As announced previously Jaguar is preparing to reveal a successor for the E-Type. Called XE, the new model will be a competitor for models like Mercedes SLK and Porsche Boxster and will make its official debut in 2010 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The German magazine AutoBild reports that the 2011 XE Roadster will "continue the new design line with a fierce look and a distinctive front grille."

The XE will be built on an all-new aluminum platform and will be powered by a V8 petrol engine with 385hp in naturally aspired version and 510 hp in the supercharged version.

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The 2013 Jaguar XE will be well worth the wait

The 2013 Jaguar XE will be well worth the wait

At any point in the future where you see yourself in front of a 2013 Jaguar XE, you should know that it was well worth the wait.

Despite the fact that it’s still a few years from now, the new Jaguar compact sports car is poised to take the XE line to new and unprecedented heights. With a lightweight, 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s capable of churning out as much as 450 horsepower, Jaguar is wasting no time in preparing the world for the new two-plus seater 2013 XE.

Together with the new XK, Jaguar is set to release a canvas top roadster of the XE, which will then be followed by a coupe version, allowing for prospective buyers to choose what style of the XE they prefer.

As it stands, the company is expected to release 60,000 units of both the
2013 XE and the XK, an optimistic number for a company that struggled to make any kind of dent on car sales this year.

After struggling with sales for the better part of the 2009, Jaguar is pegging 2013 as a big year for them and releasing a preview of what’s in store for customers is a sign that the Tata-owned luxury brand is hell bent on returning to its rightful place on top of any car enthusiast’s wish list.

Judging from the way the car looks – and the rumored engine it’s
supposed to come in – the 2013 XE just may be the car Jaguar is looking for to jumpstart its fledgling brand.

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2013 Jaguar XE - new details revealed

2013 Jaguar XE - new details revealed

Now that the classic English sports car Jaguar is in the hands of Indian entrepreneur Ratan Tata, the automaker’s future is looking pretty promising. With an all-new Jaguar XE on the way to compete with other compact sports cars like the Porsche Boxster and Cayman, things should get even better. The new XE is part of Jaguar’s plan to increase production to 100,000 units per year by 2015. This is an ambitious plan that also includes the all new 2010 XJ sedan and XJC coupe, a facelift for the four door sports car XF in 2011, an XE roadster for 2013 and new XF and XK models for 2014, and respectively 2015. But the best news will come next year when the automaker announces a new super car.

The 2013 Jaguar XE will be powered by a V6 that putts out a maximum output of 275 HP in naturally aspirated form and makes closer to 350 HP with the help of a supercharger. Reports also suggest that the upcoming XE will also be made as a hybrid variant. The gas/electric vehicle will use a much more efficient lithium ion battery pack, as opposed to today’s nickel based energy storage devices. Fans of high performance don’t fret, because Jaguar is also preparing a R version of the XE.

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Future Jaguar XE will also be hybrid

Future Jaguar XE will also be hybrid

You may already know that Jaguar is preparing for the launch of the XE in 2012. Next to the V6 and V8 engines, the XE chassis will also be offered with a gas sipping 3 cylinder gas/electric hybrid version, set up similarly to Chevrolet’s upcoming Volt EV. The first concept version of this forward thinking hybrid sports car should make its Auto Show debut sometime in 2010; with this model Tata aims to compete directly with other electric roadsters builders like Tesla and Fisker.

Expect the 2011 XE Hybrid to be powered by a lithium ion battery pack, as opposed to today’s nickel based energy storage devices. The small displacement motor will act mainly to recharge the batteries which they will run off of most of the time, just like General Motors’ car of tomorrow. Good news for the petrol heads in the audience, the traditionally powered modern day E Type is expected to have Jaguar’s new 5.0 Litre V8 engine, making 385 HP, while a 510 HP supercharged version is expected to make an appearance under the range topping sport model.

This electrifying news comes after a report back in April that said Jaguar had an electric Jaguar XJ in the works for 2010, in which the now Indian owned company could benefit from a sizable sack of cash from the British Government.

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More on the future Jaguar XE

More on the future Jaguar XE

We are really loving the news that comes out of Jaguar lately. Parent company CEO Ratan Tata really seems to get how to fight an economic slowdown. "I don’t believe we can afford to emerge from the recession as we are," he Autocar recently. "We need to emerge with something shiny and new, which is why we are re-prioritizing the roadster right now."

The new sports car is expected to be called the XE, and may be aimed as direct competitor for the Porsche 911. The car may not take too long to go from concept to production because Jaguar only has a limited supply of parts. That mean the XE will used a modified version of the platform already in use for the XF, XK and future XJ. The engine in use would also likely be either an naturally aspirated or supercharged version of the new 5.0-liter V8 that is in use throughout the Jaguar range (currently making between 385 and 510 hp). What will be exclusive to the new XE will be a new version of Jag’s sultry styling.

We haven’t gotten word yet on when we’ll see the new roadster from Jaguar. We do know that the new XJ is first in line, and that will likely be shown at Frankfurt in September.

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Jaguar and Lotus to cooperate for new XE roadster

Jaguar and Lotus to cooperate for new XE roadster

Lotus doesn’t just make its own cars, its also an engineering firm. Lotus’ hands have given the Delorean its only redeeming quality (the handling), and even turned a Lada Riva into a track-ready racer for the guys at Top Gear. So it’s no surprise that Lotus would give its fellow countrymen at Jaguar the occasional turn of the wrench.

It’s now being reported that Jaguar is using Lotus’ resources in the development of the XE roadster. “They’re sending data to Lotus Engineering on Jaguar’s behalf,” said a well-placed source.

Jaguar is looking to use an aluminum chassis on the future XE. While Jaguar is familiar with using the lightweight alloy on the XJ, Lotus has become an expert at it (including giving Aston Martin a hand with the Vanquish). This would also not be the first time the two companies have teamed up. Lotus was onboard last summer to help create the super sharp, U.K.-only Jaguar XKR-S.

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Jaguar’s future supercar rendering

Last week the rumors of a future Jaguar supercar caught us by so much suprise, we had to use pics from a 2001 concept to come close to a vision of the car. Now AutoExpress has taken the modern look of Jaguar and applied it to the mid-engined coupe specs that are rumored to be on the Audi R8 fighter.

The new model should be called the XE and will be built on an all-new aluminum chassis. The car utilize the newly enlarged 5.0-liter V8 engine, which makes at least 510 hp in supercharged form (same one from the XFR). This car could have the ability to make the 0 to 60 sprint in less than four seconds. Also if Jag wants to do a little minor engine tweaking, it may be able to get the same 225 mph speed out of this super-sleek cat as it did with the XFR at Bonneville.

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Jaguar trademarks C-XE and C-XJ

Jaguar trademarks C-XE and C-XJ

Rumors about a 911 competitor from Jaguar have been circulating for quite a while now. Well, Jaguar is now one step closer when it trademarked the C-XE and C-XJ names. The C-XJ is the name of the concept version of the future generation XJ sedan. The C-XE should be the name of the a concept of a two-seat sports car called XE that is set to be revealed in 2012.

Jaguar may be looking to go further into the sports car market now that Ford is no longer in the picture. As a part of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, Jaguar was stopped from making certain sports cars so it would not cannibalize sales from Aston Martin. Now that Jaguar is owned by Tata, it has no performance ceiling.

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Jaguar XE to debut in 2012

Jaguar XE to debut in 2012

Is not the first time your hear about a production version of the Jaguar F-Type Concept. But now, thanks to AutoCar, we can reveal the name of the production version: XE, a two-seat, £40k sports car that is currently in the design and planning stages and will be developed for a 2012 launch.

The future sportscar, codenamed Project X700 will be built on either XF or the XK platform and will be a serious competition for the Porsche 911.

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