Jaguar’s new XE sedan will be priced from $60,400 when it makes its local debut in September, the company’s local arm has revealed today.
Buyers stepping into the cheapest 3 Series will get a 100kW/220Nm 1.6 litre petrol engine, however, while the entry C 200 sedan’s 135kW/300Nm 2.0 litre engine is a closer match to the XE 20t’s 147kW/280Nm engine.
Opting for the equivalent BMW, the 135kW/270Nm 2.0 litre 320i, will boost the cost of entry to $61,500.
On ‘bang for buck’, then, the first-ever Jaguar XE would seem well positioned.
Joining the 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol 20t engine in Australia will be the more powerful 177kW/340Nm 2.0 litre 25t, along with the 132kW/430Nm ‘Ingenium’ 20d, a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel.
Both four-cylinder petrol options are Jaguar’s existing Ford-derived engine, with the new Ingenium petrol engines not expected to replace them until next year.
At the top of the range will be Jaguar’s now familiar 250kW/450Nm supercharged 3.0 litre V6, also found in the sleek F-Type range.
All models are matched to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission exclusively. A manual is offered in entry models for Europe, but we won’t be seeing that choice here.
The XE is a rear-wheel-drive range only.
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Dimensions & Technologies
The new XE measures 4672mm in length, riding on a 2835mm wheelbase.
Its new ‘iQ[AI]’ architecture is a largely aluminium affair (over 75 percent), with kerb weights ranging from 1530 to 1565kg for the four-cylinder models, and 1665kg for the big V6-loaded hero model.
This means that, despite the debut of Jaguar’s new iQ[AI] aluminium architecture, the XE is still heavier than BMW’s 3 Series which starts at 1405kg, and the new C-Class that starts at 1465kg.
Jaguar’s new midsizer is also its first sedan to feature an aluminium double wishbone front suspension setup.
Inspired by the package introduced with the F-Type, the design promises stiffness equivalent to the performance-focused XFR sedan.
At the rear is an integral link system that also features an aluminium-intensive design, promising significant benefits over the usual multi-link arrangement.
The XE is also the first Jaguar to feature the latest generation of Jaguar’s Electric Power Assisted Steering system.
Jaguar claims its EPAS offers greater tuning ability than conventional hydraulic systems, and other features include variable steering damping, enhanced low-speed manoeuvring and greater control through the Jaguar Drive Control system.
The XE also debuts a new All Surface Progress Control system that “works like a low-speed cruise control to deliver optimum traction in the most slippery conditions without skidding and without the driver using the pedals”.
The new XE will be offered in four trim grades: Prestige, R-Sport, Portfolio and S.
The petrol range will open at $60,400 for the Prestige 20t and top out at $104,200 for the S, while the diesel models will range from $62,800 for the Prestige 20d through to the $66,800 R-Sport.
Standout standard features include Jaguar’s new InControl infotainment system, with an eight-inch touchscreen display, satellite navigation and voice control.
The Prestige, Portfolio and R-Sport models all ride on 18-inch alloy wheels, while the S gets 19-inch wheels as standard (with four additional design choices) and the option of 20-inch ‘Propellor’ style alloys.
- 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
- Jaguar All Surface Progress Control with torque vectoring
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
- 18” ‘Arm’ six spoke alloy wheels
- Front and rear parking sensors with rear camera
- Automatic park assist with parallel and bay parking and parking exit
- Blind spot monitor with reverse traffic detection and closing vehicle sensing
- Lane departure warning with autonomous emergency braking
- Electric power folding mirrors with auto-dimming and reverse auto-dipping
- Keyless start and keyless entry
- Bi-function HID Xenon automatic headlamps
- 8” touch screen infotainment system with navigation and voice control
- 380W Meridian sound system with 11 speakers and subwoofer
- Taurus leather seats with 10x10 way electric adjustment plus 4-way electric lumbar adjustment
- Memory control for exterior mirrors, steering column and driver front seat
- Dual zone climate control with air quality sensor
- 40:20:40 split fold rear seat
Portfolio (in addition to Prestige)
- 18” ‘Matrix’ seven-twin spoke alloy wheels
- Soft-grain Windsor leather seats with Herringbone perforation and tonal stitching
- Leatherette wrapped instrument panel
- Gloss figured ebony veneer
- Rear window electric sunblind
R-Sport (in addition to Prestige)
- Sports seats in Luxtec with Technical mesh inserts
- 18” ‘Star’ five spoke alloy wheels
- Sports suspension
- R-Sport bodykit includes R-Sport front bumper, body coloured side sills and bootlid spoiler, gloss black window surrounds
- R-Sport branding on steering wheel, sill plates and side power vents
S (in addition to Prestige)
- Sports seats Taurus leather with suedecloth inserts
- Adaptive Dynamics with sports suspension
- 19” ‘Venom’ five-twin spoke allow wheels with red brake calipers
- ‘S’ bodykit includes ‘S’ front bumper, body coloured and gloss black side sills, gloss black rear valance and window surrounds
- Sports leatherette wrapped instrument panel
- ‘S’ branding on steering wheel, sill plates
- Bright finish pedal kit, black headlining and tailpipe finishers
The XE also boasts a long list of optional extras for the especially well-heeled buyer.
The priciest options include perforated Taurus leather-faced sports seats ($1900), heated/cooled front seats and heated rear ($1770), heated front and rear seats ($1240), a panoramic sunroof ($1800), a head-up display ($1770), and adaptive cruise control with forward alert, queue assist and intelligent emergency braking ($1750).
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
20t petrol - $60,400
20d diesel - $62,800
25t petrol - $64,900
20t petrol - $64,400
20d diesel - $66,800
25t petrol - $68,900
25t petrol - $70,400
3.0 V6 petrol - $104,200