Jaguar has named the newest model in its teased lineup, calling it the XE. This will be a premium sports sedan and the first built on the company’s new advanced aluminum architecture and the first to use Jaguar’s new Ingenium high-output two-liter engine.
The advanced aluminum architecture engineering was first shown on the Jaguar C-X17 concept last year and is an aluminum-intensive structure as part of a unibody build. The engine for the new Jaguar XE will be the two-liter, four-cylinder Ingenium engine line in both gasoline and diesel, both of which are set to be manufactured at Jaguar’s new plant in the United Kingdom.
Speaking at the Geneva Auto Show, Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, confirmed: “We announced just a few weeks ago that our new Engine Manufacturing Center would produce a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low emission four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units. The first of our Ingenium engine range will be used in our all-new compact Jaguar sports sedan. That car will be called the Jaguar XE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: “The new Jaguar XE is every bit a modern Jaguar car; more compact in size but visually striking. Customers will expect a great deal from a compact Jaguar car – it must be practical but premium. We never forget we are designing a Jaguar car and that means it must be as exciting to look at and drive as it is brilliant to run and practical to own. We believe we’ve done just that with the Jaguar XE.”
“The all-new Jaguar XE compact sport sedan will bring Jaguar into the largest segment of the luxury car market with a dynamic new entry that will challenge the status quo of luxury car brands,” said Jeff Curry, Brand Vice President of Jaguar North America. “Jaguar is charting an exciting new path with the recent launch of the Jaguar F-TYPE and the introduction of the Jaguar XE, which completes our sedan line-up. We offer a more exclusive, distinct choice in the luxury car marketplace combining progressive British design, a high performance character and advanced aluminum technology.”
Jaguar is a company on the rise, with last year seeing a 42 percent increase in global sales since 2005.