During their press conference at the Geneva Motor Show today, Jaguar revealed the company’s plans to finally launch the long-awaited BMW 3-Series fighter we knew they’ve been working on. It’s called the Jaguar XE, and it is getting an all-new construction, and a new family of petrol and diesel engines.
Jaguar XE sports sedan will feature the first aluminium monocoque product in the segment derived from that of the C-X17 hyper car concept. The benefits of this include lightness and stiffness, which when combined with the new engines results in unbeatable handling, performance, refinement and efficiency.
To be available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, the new Jaguar XE will be powered by a range of new petrol and diesel engines called Ingenium. These powertrains offer customers the choice between performance and economy. There is a diesel version with emissions lower than 100g of CO2 per km, and there is a petrol version so powerful it gives the XE a top speed of over 300km/h (186mph).
As for the design, well, that remains to be seen. But if Jaguar’s latest creations are anything to go by, the XE is going to be quite a looker. Looks like BMW 3 Series is finally going to meet its match!
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: “The new Jaguar XE is every bit a modern Jaguar; more compact in size but visually striking. Customers will expect a great deal from a mid-size Jaguar – it must be practical but premium. We never forget we are designing a Jaguar 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.”