British marquee Jaguar have released the first image of the all-new XE sedan in its production avatar that is slated to take its public bow at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. For the first of a series of teaser images that will be cleverly ‘leaked’ on to the Internet until its final reveal, the carmaker chose to wrap the baby-Jag in a see-through body wrap, showing off the brand new aluminium monocoque and other Jag internals.
The 2015 Jaguar XE sedan is based on the brand new scalable aluminium iQ architecture that debuted with the CX-17 Concept SUV at the 2013 Los Angeles Motor Show. Having been derived from the CX-17 Concept, the XE sedan is expected to share most of its design cures from the upcoming crossover. However, we also expect the XE to borrow styling cues from its larger siblings, the XJ and the XF, and adapt them to a more compact form.
The XE will also be the first of a new generation Jag to use an advanced aluminium chassis system in which JLR have invested over 1.5 billion U.K pounds - that was pioneered in the prototype C-X17 Concept SUV. The advanced underpinnings means that the XE should be both stronger and lighter than any of its rivals. The Jaguar XE will also be the first car to be powered by the home-grown range of Ingenium four cylinder petrol and diesel engines - a range that promises to be flexible enough to offer lower CO2 emissions and speeds in excess of 300 kmph. The car will be offered with either two-wheel drive for optimum economy or four-wheel drive for all-weather grip and stability.
The Jaguar XE will be slotted below the XF in the company’s line-up for India and is part of Jaguar’s master plan to take on the German trio and quadruple company sales. It is the first small Jag since, the ill-fated X-Type and will directly strike the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes Benz C -Class and the Audi A4.