JAGUAR XE SPY PHOTOS
The absence of a proper rival to the C-Class, 3 Series, A4, IS and Q50 has held the British marque back from achieving greater sales success globally.
Though luxury SUVs continue to grow in popularity, it's midsized luxury sedans that are the primary breadwinners for most premium automakers.
Even Jaguar design supremo Ian Callum acknowledges that Jaguar is in desperate need of a sub-XF offering.
"We certainly need a smaller saloon in the range to give the Jaguar brand greater visibility on the road and we can't do that with a three-car range," Callum said earlier this year.
But that's all set to change for Jaguar when it releases its all-new XE medium sedan sometime next year.
Today, the company offered a first official look at the XE, revealing the XF-inspired face of its new midsizer.
And while XF-bodied test mules have already been spotted during testing, we now have our first full pictures of a camouflaged XE prototype.
The camo is heavy, and there are form-disguising blocks everywhere to mask this prototype's true shape.
The bulky C-pillar, for example, is mostly fake, and tacked-on lines run along the body's profile to disguise the sedan's true character lines.
We already know what the front end will look like, with Jaguar's signature rounded rectangular grille shrunken down to fit the XE, flanked by a pair of thin wave-like headlights.
The proportions are classic RWD, with a long bonnet and abbreviated rear deck. In terms of cabin size, the XE doesn't look like it will be much more spacious than a BMW 3 Series.
Unlike the X-Type, the XE will be available with RWD as standard or AWD as an option.
Engines will comprise a range of new 'Ingenium' four-cylinder turbo diesel and turbo petrols, while Jaguar's supercharged V6 may feature as the motor for a range-topping XE R variant.
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