Entry-level, all-aluminium Jaguar XE compact saloon debuts at Geneva Motor Show.
The much-rumoured ‘small’ Jaguar has been confirmed in an official capacity at the Geneva Motor Show. The Jaguar XE compact saloon will take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Production will begin in 2015.
Speaking at the show, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr Ralf Speth said: “We announced just a few weeks ago that our new Engine Manufacturing Centre would produce a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low emission four-cylinder petrol and diesel units.”
“The first of our Ingenium engine range will be used in our all-new mid-sized Jaguar sports sedan. That car will be called the Jaguar XE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year,” he added.
The Jaguar XE is built on the advanced aluminium architecture that was first seen in the C-X17 SUV concept car unveiled in 2013. Benefits of the lighter and stiffer body are said to include efficiency, refinement, handling and performance. The usual, then.
Lightweight and efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel and petrol ‘Ingenium’ engines will be used in the XE in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive flavours. Jaguar said the full engine line-up will include 186mph top speeds and CO2 emissions lower than 100g/km (not at the same time).