Jaguar’s vital new XE saloon, its long-awaited rival to the BMW 3-Series, makes its public debut at the Paris Motor Show later this week.
We already know about the technical aspects of the XE, but until now Jaguar hadn’t released many details on specifics of the range that will go on sale early next year.
Prices start at £26,995 for the petrol-engined Jaguar XE. The 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit comes in two power outputs; 197bhp/206lb/ft or 237bhp/250lb/ft. Both come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. They reach the 62mph benchmark in 7.7 seconds and 6.8 seconds, repectively; both return 37.7mpg and emit 179g/km of Co2.
The range is topped by XE S, with a supercharged 3.0-litre V6, producing 335bhp and 332lb/ft of torque. That’s enough to dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in 5.1 seconds; top speed is 155mph.
More relevant, though, are the diesels, which start at £29,775. Both are 2.0-litre, four-cylinder units – like the petrols, they are from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium family.
Base choice is a 161bhp/280lb/ft iteration, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, which returns class-leading economy of 75mpg and 99g/km of Co2. Those numbers drop slightly with the optional eight-speed auto, but they are still considerably better than the equivalent 3-Series.
The 178bhp/316lb/ft diesel returns 67.3mpg and 109g/km with the manual ‘box.
Five trim levels are available: SE, Prestige, Portfolio and R-Sport. SE and Prestige are only available on the diesels and base petrol. The XE S carries its own spec. All come with satnav, DAB radio, alloy wheels and cruise control as standard.
The XE uses JLR’s latest InControl infotainment system, controlled from an eight-inch touchscreen. Upgrades include a wifi hotspot and smartphone compatibility.
A laser head-up display is on the options list, along with a Meridian sound system. A stereo camera links to the various safety systems, among them adaptive cruise control, blind-sport monitoring, and autonomous emergency braking.
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