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First details of Jaguar XE

Posted: 13 March 2014 Time: 15:06

Jaguar confirmed at the Geneva motor show that its new small sedan would bear the XE name badge, and examples have already been snapped out testing.

The all-new sedan will use an aluminium monocoque structure – claimed by Jaguar to be the first in its segment when it goes on sale in 2015. This new cat will also be the first Jaguar Land Rover product to ride on the group’s new aluminium platform previewed in the C-X17 concept at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. The combination of an aluminium body and platform will help to keep the XE’s weight low, while benefiting handling and emissions.

XE will be fitted with engines from a brand-new Ingenium range of high-output four-cylinder two-litre turbo petrol and diesel variants. These engines will be built at JLR’s new UK engine plant situated in Wolverhampton.

JLR CEO Ralf Speth revealed at the Geneva show that the production version of the XE will be shown later in 2014 (we’ll place money on a Paris show debut). Full technical details will also be announced later in 2014, ahead of the global launch in mid-2015.

Jaguar’s XE, when it is launched in sedan form, will be aimed directly at the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and impending Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Wagon, coupe and convertible body styles will complete the range at a later date.

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