Jaguar XE updated with new tech and AWD

The Jaguar XE has been on sale for all of five minutes, but Jaguar has carried on fiddling and fettling, adding new tech and an all-wheel-drive option for the 2017 model year.

The AWD system has already been seen on the latest XF and will be used by the upcoming F-Pace SUV. It works with the Intelligent Driving Dynamics system, first seen on the F-Type AWD, that constantly adjusts which axle torque is sent to.

Optionally available with AWD is Adaptive Surface Response. Replacing the Rain and Ice and Snow driving modes, the system monitors the type of surface, adjusting throttle, transmission and stability control parameters to suit. Settings can be individually tailored, too.

AWD is only available on 178bhp, 2.0-litre diesel automatic models. The 0-62mph time increases 0.1secs to 7.9secs; more significantly, fuel economy drops to 60.6mpg and CO2 emissions to 123g/km, from 67.3mpg and 109g/km. It’s still better than the equivalent BMW 3-Series, though.

Inside, the infotainment has been upgraded with Jaguar’s latest InControl Touch Pro system, available as an option, complete with 10.2in touchscreen, quad-core processor and 60GB hard-drive and wifi hotspot. There’s a new app for the Apple Watch, too, which allows the user to check their car’s fuel level, location and climate control settings remotely. It will even start the engine, which makes a good party trick.

New driver assistance system have also been added: Adaptive Speed Limiter, which automatically speeds up or slows down according to the prevailing limit; Driver Condition Monitor, which sounds an alert if it thinks the driver needs to take a break and Lane Keep Assist.

The 2017MY Jaguar XE is available to order now, priced from £26,990.

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By Only Motors

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