Finally, Jaguar has unveiled its highly anticipated sports saloon - The 2015 XE, at a star-studded event held in Earls Court, London. The luxury British automaker has been teasing the world for a long time with videos and images but, it has finally taken the wraps off this luxury saloon which would also make its way to India by mid 2015. The complete details of the XE range would be revealed on October 2nd at the Paris Motor Show.
The company showcased the top-of-the-range variant S at the event held in London. It houses a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 motor which churns-out a power of 340PS and torque of 450Nm. This engine, as known, does duties to company's flamboyant F-type coupe. In the new XE, this engine is expected to be coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls. It propels the saloon to accomplish the 0-100kmph mark in a mere 5.1 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. The XE S will be joined by other models powered by highly efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The diesel motor would be the High-efficiency 2.0-litre Ingenium family. These engines would be paired with six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions.
The XE is also the lightest, stiffest and most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon ever built. It is also the first Jaguar to be equipped with electric power steering. Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar, commenting on the design of the 2015 XE said, “Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE’s positioning as a serious driver’s car. The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it’s standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-TYPE and will stand apart in the crowd.”
Not to forget, the saloon features an eight-inch touchscreen intuitive new InControl infotainment system with Voice control. The InControl's compatibility with SD card-based navigation, Bluetooth, audio streaming and USB connectivity takes the user experience to a different level. The saloon also facilitates the occupants by allowing them to connect multiple devices to internet by functioning as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Jaguar InControl Remote functionality allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from wherever they are and control a range of vehicle functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or starting the engine. The pricing for 2015 Jaguar XE range starts from £27,000 in UK, which in Indian currency is around Rs. 26 Lakhs.