Jaguar’s new XE sedan won’t make its Australian debut until August, but this week the carmaker has given local buyers their first indication of what’s to come.
The XE’s big brother, the XF, has also recently been revealed in its all-new form - but it’s the smaller of the two that is expected to have the greatest impact on growing Jaguar’s global sales.
Australian pricing and full details for the XE are still to come, but this week the company’s local arm launched a new section of its website that outlines the new model’s key features.
The company notes, however, that the features and specifications listed on the Australian website shouldn’t be taken as gospel until an official announcement comes closer to its August launch.
The Jaguar Australia website lists four engine options: a 132kW/420Nm 2.0 litre diesel at the entry end, followed by 147kW/280Nm and 177kW/340Nm turbo petrol engines.
At the top of the range sits the 250kW/450Nm 3.0 litre supercharged petrol six that also stars in the two-door F-Type range.
All models will be offered exclusively with an eight-speed auto.
Fuel consumption with the diesel model is listed at 4.2 l/100km, while both four-cylinder petrol options list fuel use at 7.5 l/100km. Opting for the performance-focused six sees fuel use climb to 8.1 l/100km.
As with the European line-up, the local XE range is likely to feature five models: Pure, Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and the top-shelf S.
Features listed for the entry-level Pure include 17-inch wheels, an 8.0 inch touch display with sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, push-button start, and front/rear parking sensors.
At the other end of the range, the 250kW XE S rides on 19-inch alloys, although larger 20-inch hoops will also be available. Likewise, the 'S' sports body-kit will also feature.
With the 3 Series and C-Class in its sights, pricing for the new XE will likely start in the neighbourhood of $60,000.
Watch for official local details and pricing to come in the months ahead.
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