2017 Jaguar XE Debut: Features, Specs and Release Announced
The 2017 Jaguar XE has been introduced at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. This sports luxury sedan, envisaged as an entry model of the Jaguar range, will be released sometime in 2016, probably as a 2017 model.
Handsome British exterior style contributes to the Jag’s nobility, but when you touch the gas pedal, the 2017 XE is far from sophisticated. For instance, the 2017 XE S responsive V6 engine and an eight-speed ZF transmission provide really appreciable performance. There will be a range of Ingenium engines, too.
Sophisticated Exterior Design
The exterior design is really elegant. There’s something mesmerizing about the muscles hidden inside a well-tailored suit. The XE is sporty and elegant at the same time. Having a profile that resembles a coupe and short overhangs is something that brings a sporty spirit inside the stylish sedan.
Using the brand’s recognizable design language is what makes the 2017 Jaguar XE consistent to the rest of the lineup. The automaker’s aim was to create a distinctive range of luxury sedans which will make a distinguishable family.
However, beneath the skin, the 2017 XE hides something new. This is the very first model underpinned by the new Jaguar Land Rover modular platform. They used a lot of aluminum for the new platform, so they have every right to call the 2017 Jaguar XE “aluminum intensive”.
2017 Jaguar XE Interior
Inside the all-new Jag XE, the interior is driver-oriented. Borrowing the cabin style from the F-Type – similarly to some exterior design cues – the 2017 XE is coming with a cockpit interior design. Although the automaker developed the XE to be positioned below the XF and XJ, there’s a surprising amount of legroom and headroom inside the entry sedan.
Needless to say, they used lots of leather and contrast stitching in order to evoke compelling luxury feel. All the details made of quality materials and numerous options which can bring the upscale aura even further, complement the XE in the only suitable way for the famous British brand.
Powertrain: V6, Ingenium Engines and ZF Transmission
The aforementioned engine is yet another element that the 2017 XE shares with the F-Type. The 2017 Jaguar XE S is motivated by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.
Thanks to this engine connected to the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the luxury sedan will have pretty remarkable specs. It can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 4.9 seconds, while its top speed is electronically-limited to 155 mph.
Of course, the XE lineup will also get some other engines. The automaker announced that the 2017 XE will be motivated by the new in-house Ingenium engines family.
The ZF gearbox transmits the power to the rear wheels, but all-wheel drive versions will be available.
2017 Jaguar XE Technology – Gadgets and Systems
Alongside of all the other changes, the 2017 Jag XE will also have an all-new infotainment system. The Jaguar InControl infotainment system provides great connectivity. It’s displayed on an eight-inch touchscreen.
There’s also an all-new Jaguar InControl Touch system which, aside from the great connectivity, supports SD card-based navigation, voice control and numerous other features.
There is the Jaguar InControl Apps feature which allows the driver to control the apps on his or hers smartphone using the touchscreen. There’s also a Wi-Fi hotspot available.
Jaguar InControl Remote does the opposite. This feature utilizes connected Android and iOS smartphones to use the car’s functions.
The 2017 Jaguar XE offers a number of Meridian audio systems which use complex algorithms to provide remarkable quality of sound inside the cabin. The range is pretty rich and it goes from an 11-speaker 250-watt system, up to 15-speaker 825-watt system.
2017 Jaguar XE USA Release
While on the overseas markets the XE will be released this year, the U.S.-spec model will be released sometime in 2016.
Photos: Jaguar Land Rover