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Mike Stevens | Jul, 30 2014 | 4 Comments

UPDATE: Jaguar has revealed new details for its coming XE sedan.
Article originally published July 15.

Jaguar’s all-new XE midsized sedan will debut on September 8, giving fans a first complete look at the company’s first new sedan in five years.

That will likely mean an early September 9 unveiling in Australian time zones, ahead of a local launch that should occur sometime in 2015.

The company has also added coal to the teaser train’s fire today, revealing new details of the XE’s mechanical and technology package.

Already known is that the XE will feature an aluminium monocoque construction, using a new grade of high-strength aluminium called RC 5754.

"This new alloy features a high level of recycled material and makes a significant contribution to Jaguar’s goal of using 75 percent recycled material by 2020," the company says.

Jaguar has also confirmed the new sedan will feature an aluminium double wishbone front suspension setup inspired by the F-TYPE, promising stiffness equivalent to the performance-focused XFR sedan.

At the rear will be an integral link system that will also feature an aluminium-intensive design, promising significant benefits over the usual multi-link arrangement.

“The Jaguar XE body uses over 75 percent aluminium content, which far exceeds any other car in its class," Jaguar engineer Dr Mark White said.

"This gives us a body structure with unrivalled low weight: it’s light but also immensely strong with extremely high levels of torsional stiffness."

"We’ve made sure our aluminium-intensive body structure exceeds all global safety standards without compromising on vehicle design or refinement.”

Power in the XE will be provided by the company’s new ‘Ingenium’ four-cylinder engine range, and Jaguar says buyers can expect fuel cosumption figures below 4.0 l/100km with certain models.

Carbon emissions will also be listed below 100g/km, depending on the engine and trim grade.

The XE will also be the first Jaguar to feature the latest generation of Jaguar’s Electric Power Assisted Steering system.

The British carmaker claims its EPAS offers greater tuning potential than conventional hydraulic-based systems, and other features include variable steering damping, enhanced low-speed manoeuvring and greater control through the Jaguar Drive Control system.

The last tidbit offered is word of the XE’s ‘All Surface Progress Control’ system.

Jaguar claims the technology is a class-first traction 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”.

Jaguar chassis boss Mike Cross said the XE, aimed directly at BMW’s 3 Series and Mercedes’ new C-Class, “is the culmination of everything the company has learned over the years”.

“We are on target to deliver a vehicle that dynamically outperforms our rivals.”

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