If you're choosing something from the current range of executive sedans, it's a clear indication that you've made it big in life. Unless you too are searching the internet to find out which one of the current cars makes the best choice. But no matter how you look at things, the new Jaguar XE cannot escape your attention.
It's the first offering in the segment after Jaguar's revival. Not only is the brand bringing its glory back, the good lads and lasses are doing it in style! Leave the F-Type, the XJ, the XF…this, the XE, is what's going to increase Jaguar's presence in the market. It is Jaguar's offering in the segment that is currently ruled by the Mercedes Benz C-Class, the Audi A4, and the BMW 3 series. It will go on sale in 2015, and has the right design and specifications to make another mark the market. Although we are yet to drive it, but let's quickly take a look at the XE.
On the outside, it has the unmistakable Jaguar design cues but with enough individuality that you'll be able to spot and identify it! At the front, you get a prominent, rectangular-shaped Jaguar grille, flanked by sharper-looking headlamps. The muscular bonnet spruces things up a bit, while the shoulder line takes care of that for the side profile. The adequate length, a well-curved roofline, and flared wheel arches keep things exciting on the sides too. The rear gets wide tail-lamps that are curved around the rear fenders, complementing the rest of the design. If you opt for the sportier 'S' model, then you'll get larger air intakes up front, chrome side vents, optional 20-inch alloys, and a rear spoiler too. To support its good looks is an aerodynamic body: Coefficient of drag is just 0.26. In comparison, the Mercedes Benz C-Class offers a little more resistance to air, with a drag coefficient of 0.27.
Much like the exterior, the interior too is fairly sporty-looking but with decent room for passengers. Ambient lighting (of up to 10 different colours) should lift up your mood, if the muscular exterior and equally nice interior fail to do so. The boot space is a segment leading 485 litres - something that raises the practicality quotient of the car. The Mercedes Benz C-Class is certainly the current benchmark especially with the beautifully designed interior, but the Jaguar isn't going to be too far behind, we reckon. As for the entertainment, a 250-watt Harman Kardon in-car audio system is expected to be standard across the range. The eight-inch touchscreen system comes complete with the ability to utilize the Internet connection of your Apple and Android smartphones via the InControl apps, so you can not just access the Internet on the big screen but also get other vital updates like traffic, news, maps etc.
The XE uses a rear-wheel-drive architecture, very much like two of its competitors, the 3-series and the C-Class. Given that Jaguar's a proven player when it comes to vehicle dynamics, expect this one to be taking things head on with its rivals. There has been an extensive use of aluminium, which not just offers great weight reduction but as a consequence, gives the car better handling, performance, and of course, efficiency too.
The engine options for the 2015 Jaguar XE will include petrol and diesel 'Ingenium' engines, while the top spec 'S' version will come with the F-Type's 3-litre V6. An Ingenium 2-litre four cylinder diesel and a 2-litre turbo charged petrol engine will power the rest of the range. All of these will be mated to ZF's 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The car will be shown to public at the next month's Paris Motor Show and it's expected to make it to India next year. While it remains to be seen how successful this Jag will be once it come to the Indian market, but if the above mentioned details are anything to go by, expect a lot of drama in the segment.