Jaguar XE 'S' revealed
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14th September, 2014
- First showing of the performance-orientated Jaguar XE S
- Range-topping Supercharged 3.0-litre V6
- High-efficiency 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel
- Aluminium-intensive monocoque – the first in the mid-size segment
- Exhilarating performance, precise handling, supple ride
- Dynamic design, classic rear-drive stance
- Lightest and stiffest Jaguar saloon
- Most aerodynamic Jaguar ever made: Cd 0.26
- Intuitive new InControl infotainment system
- Intelligent Active Safety technologies to support the driver
- Low cost of ownership: highly competitive fuel economy, emissions, insurance ratings, service intervals and residual
- Full details of the range to be announced at Paris Motor Show in October
The Jaguar XE has been revealed to the world during an event held at Earl’s Court, London, last week.
A true driver’s car, the rear-drive Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports saloon thanks to its advanced
lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior, and outstanding ride and handling. The XE goes on
sale in 2015, with the high-performance S model at the top of the range.
The XE S rewards drivers with the responsiveness and refinement of its supercharged 3.0-litre V6. Generating 340PS and
450Nm of torque, this high-revving engine is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift controls,
giving the driver immediate access to the vehicle’s incredible reserves of power. Accelerating to 0-60 mph in just 4.9
“Jaguar’s position as the leading premium manufacturer of aluminium vehicles allowed us to develop a light, stiff
body structure that is ground-breaking in its class. It enables the XE’s advanced chassis technologies to deliver an
unprecedented balance of agility and levels of refinement previously found only in vehicles from the segments above.”
said Kevin Stride, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar XE.
The aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE is the first model developed from Jaguar Land Rover’s new modular vehicle
architecture and will set the standard for driving dynamics in the mid-size segment. The long wheelbase and low seating
position enable perfect proportions and a streamlined profile.
The S model’s large front air intakes, chrome side vents, discreet rear spoiler and optional 20-inch forged alloy
wheels hint at the performance potential of Jaguar’s supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.
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The cabin offers outstanding levels of comfort and spaciousness. Exquisite materials and finishes, combined with
traditional Jaguar craftsmanship make this an interior like nothing else in the class.
The XE S will be joined by other models powered by highly efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines
matched to smooth-shifting six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions. The diesels – part of Jaguar’s
all-new Ingenium engine family – provide exemplary fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The XE is also the lightest, stiffest and most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon ever built. It is also the first Jaguar to be
equipped with electric power steering, tuned to provide exceptional responsiveness and feel but with lower energy
consumption than hydraulic systems. The XE boasts the lowest cost of ownership of any Jaguar and is also the most
The aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant in an all-new purpose-built
The XE now completes the Jaguar saloon car range sitting below the XF and XJ models.
Compelling design: Form and function without compromise
The Jaguar XE was developed in parallel with the new modular architecture. The architecture unlocks design
possibilities that did not exist before because the core dimensions were determined by design and engineering working
together from the very beginning.
This makes it possible to realise perfect proportions: short front overhang, longer rear overhang and dynamic,
cab-rearward stance. The architecture also enables the XE to feature both a low, sporty driving position and a sleek
The strongly-sculpted bonnet makes a taut, 'muscular' appearance. The rising waistline adds to the sense of movement,
while the form of the rear quarters takes inspiration from the F-TYPE Coupé. The signature J-Blade running lights are
another instantly recognisable Jaguar design element. In the rear lights, a horizontal line intersecting a roundel is a
powerful styling feature inherited from the iconic E-type.
Jaguar has a rich history of producing stunning, aerodynamically-efficient cars. The new XE continues the tradition of
uncompromised form and function: its streamlined shape has the lowest drag coefficient of any Jaguar yet – just 0.26.
This achievement is the result of 1,200 computational fluid dynamics simulations and more than eight million hours of
“Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE’s positioning as a serious
driver’s car. The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement
even when it’s standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-TYPE and will stand apart in the crowd.”
said Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design.
Expectations made by the XE’s exterior styling are more than met once inside. The spacious cabin cocoons front seat
occupants with a deep centre console which provides a cockpit-like feel. The F-TYPE-style dials and the cluster needle
sweep on start-up further emphasise the XE’s sports saloon attributes.
Front and rear seat occupants enjoy generous amounts of head and legroom – the XE proves that sleek, streamlined
styling and interior space need not be mutually exclusive. Technical fabrics, fine-grain leathers and details such as
contrasting twin-needle stitching give the cabin a bespoke quality. The choice of gloss black, textured aluminium, and
contemporary wood veneers enhance the luxurious, hand-crafted feel. Ambient lighting in a range of up to 10 colours adds
to the sense of occasion.
Aluminium-intensive monocoque: Light, stiff, safe
Jaguar is more experienced in the use of aluminium construction than any other vehicle manufacturer. The unrivalled
expertise in working with this lightweight material has culminated in the revolutionary body structure of the new XE. It
is the first model designed around Jaguar’s all-new modular architecture and is the only car in the class to use an
Much of the aluminium is high-strength, 6000-series alloy. The body sides are a perfect example: these complex
pressings are formed in one piece, and what would once have been 1.5mm gauge sheet has been reduced to just 1.1mm – with
no loss of stiffness.
The new XE has been engineered to meet the most stringent legislative and consumer crash test requirements worldwide,
including US and Euro NCAP. The deployable aluminium bonnet ensures high levels of pedestrian impact protection.
Sustainability is a big part of Jaguar’s aluminium story. Recycling this highly valuable material delivers impressive
savings in overall CO2 emissions and the new XE is the first car in the world to use RC 5754 – an aluminium alloy made
predominantly from recycled material. Future models will also use RC 5754 and this breakthrough will help Jaguar towards
its goal of using 75 per cent recycled material by 2020.
“The XE is as strong and light as it could possibly be thanks to exhaustive analysis and by bringing the latest
engineering techniques to bear on its design. It has been challenging to accomplish but the XE’s structure is absolutely
at the cutting edge of what is achievable today.” said Dr Mark White, Jaguar's Chief Technical Specialist; Body
Chassis: Agile, responsive, supple
The new XE has the most sophisticated chassis of any vehicle in its class and will set the benchmarks for ride and
handling: it is a true driver’s car. Where most competitors use MacPherson strut front suspension, Jaguar’s vehicle
dynamics team insisted on the superior double wishbone configuration. The aluminium front knuckles are as light as they
are stiff and are forged from cast blanks using a patented production process.
Conventional multilink rear suspension couldn’t deliver Jaguar’s dynamics targets. The solution was Integral Link: a
system usually found only in larger, more expensive vehicles and which delivers the ideal lateral and longitudinal
stiffness values needed for the XE’s precise handling and supple ride. Aluminium has been used extensively, minimising
Electric power steering (EPAS) offers incredible tuning potential and greater energy efficiency than traditional
hydraulic systems but Jaguar’s engineers have not considered the technology sufficiently mature – until now. Prototype
development using larger vehicles convinced the dynamics team that the best EPAS technology could now deliver the
advantages of fuel consumption reduction without any loss of feedback through the steering wheel. The XE is the first
Jaguar to use EPAS. As well as reducing CO2 emissions by up to three per cent, the system offers the performance that
Jaguar’s engineers demanded.
“The introduction of electric power steering was a big step but one we were able to take confidently. The almost
infinite range of possibilities it provides in fine tuning has enabled us to achieve the responsive, connected steering
feel we require in a Jaguar – without compromise.” said Mike Cross, Chief Engineer, Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar.
Active safety: Intelligent technologies to support the driver
The new XE’s light, stiff body structure has been engineered to meet the most demanding legislative and consumer crash
test requirements worldwide. Complementing the outstanding levels of protection it offers is a suite of advanced driver
assistance systems designed to help and support the driver, making every journey safer, more relaxing and even more
The XE is the first car in the world to be equipped with All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). This all-new system,
developed with the input of decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, works like a low-speed
cruise control. ASPC functions between 3.6km/h and 30km/h: by precisely controlling the brake system and the powertrain
it delivers optimum traction in the most slippery conditions without skidding and without the driver using the pedals.
Projecting high-contrast colour images onto the windscreen, the laser head-up display (HUD) technology provides the
driver with information such as speed and navigation instructions with maximum clarity and minimum distraction. As well
as superb image quality, the laser HUD is smaller and almost a third lighter than existing systems.
Jaguar is one of the first manufacturers in the segment to use stereo camera technology. This state-of-the-art sensor
is the ‘eyes’ of the XE’s autonomous emergency braking system, providing highly accurate measurements of speed and
distance of objects ahead, and can initiate full braking to avoid or mitigate a collision.
The stereo camera performs traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning functions too. The XE also offers
systems such as adaptive cruise control, closing vehicle sensing, blind spot monitoring, semi-automated parallel and bay
parking, and reverse traffic detection.
Better connected: All-new infotainment system
The XE’s all-new InControl infotainment system offers the latest technologies to connect car, driver and the outside
world. At its heart is an eight-inch touchscreen featuring a clear, intuitive graphical interface and fast response
Voice control using plain speech gives access to any level of the system, without navigating through menus, so drivers
can keep their eyes on the road. InControl’s SD card-based navigation allows easy upgrades of map data. The system also
supports Bluetooth, audio streaming and USB connectivity.
Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them so the new XE ensures that drivers always
stay connected. The car functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the internet – the vehicle
antenna provides the best possible signal.
Jaguar InControl Remote functionality allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from wherever
they are and control a range of vehicle functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control
system, locking or unlocking the doors, or starting the engine. Jaguar InControl Apps allows users to seamlessly access
smartphone apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen.
“For up-to-the-minute parking information, to conference calls, hotel bookings to traffic warnings, InControl Apps
can all be accessed with a touch of the screen. Simplifying your connected experience without compromising your
interactive options: the new XE is a technologically-advanced step you’ll want to take.” Dr Mike Bell, Jaguar’s
Global Connected Car Director.
For drivers who just want to sit back and enjoy the music, the new XE brings Meridian audio technology to the segment
for the first time. These superb systems are the latest product of the long-standing partnership between Jaguar and
British audio experts Meridian and were developed specifically for the new XE. Unique algorithms guarantee the best
possible sound reproduction and tailor the experience to the interior’s acoustics.
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Powertrains: Smooth, refined, efficient
The new XE is powered by a range of four- and six-cylinder all-aluminium petrol and diesel engines offering an
impressive blend of performance, refinement and fuel efficiency with a breadth of capability.
For customers demanding ultimate performance and an exhilarating engine note from idle right up to the redline there’s
the XE S, which shares its supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with the F-TYPE.
Spray-guided direct injection and fully variable valve timing optimise power and torque throughout the rev range. The
90° cylinder bank angle provides space for the twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger, a balancer shaft ensures smooth
Developing 340PS/450Nm, the V6 provides the XE S with exceptional acceleration and performance: 0-60mph takes just 4.9
seconds, and top speed is electronically-limited to 155mph.
Jaguar is launching the XE with a new range of world-class engines – Ingenium. This advanced in-house modular design
began from a clean sheet and is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s new £500 million UK Engine Manufacturing Centre.
Proven over 2 million miles of real-world testing, Ingenium is the cornerstone of Jaguar’s future low-CO2 powertrain
strategy and is engineered to deliver benchmark fuel efficiency, refinement and performance. It will also meet the most
stringent exhaust emissions legislation worldwide.
The first Ingenium engines to come off the line are 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels. Clean combustion, variable
exhaust valve timing and sophisticated exhaust gas after treatment ensure Euro 6 compliance and take the XE’s CO2
emissions as low as 99g/km in the case of the 163PS/380Nm variant. More powerful versions will be available too,
combining exceptional fuel economy and even greater responsiveness.
“Ingenium is a new family of compact, lightweight, low-friction, low-emissions engines that will deliver both the
efficiency and performance that our global customers desire. Ingenium will make the new XE the most fuel efficient Jaguar
ever – and the greenest.” said Ron Lee, Jaguar Land Rover Group Chief Engineer, Powertrain.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged direct injection petrol engines are powerful and refined and generate strong torque from
low speeds, ensuring excellent launch performance and mid-range response. Two ratings will be available in the XE, and
both will be offered with a lighter version of the ZF 8HP automatic used in the rest of the Jaguar range: this benchmark
eight-speed transmission is controlled using Jaguar’s unique rotary shift selector.
Ingenium diesels will also be available with a highly efficient six-speed manual – low viscosity oil and pseudo
dry-sump lubrication cut parasitic losses. All of the XE’s transmissions are characterised by exceptionally smooth, quiet
An attractive business case: Sustainable, affordable
The new XE is not only the most fuel efficient Jaguar ever made, it’s also one of the most cost-efficient cars in its
class. With CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km, the XE attracts low levels of vehicle taxation in some countries – and is
even exempt in others.
Jaguar Land Rover is on track to meet its 25 per cent reduction in fleet average tailpipe CO2 emissions – and the new
XE is an integral part of this strategy – but the focus on sustainability goes much further.
Riveting and bonding the XE’s lightweight body structure consumes less energy than traditional spot welding. And the
use of recycled aluminium – in particular the new RC 5754 grade – reduces demand for primary aluminium, saving even more
energy. The XE also contains 46kg of recycled plastics and renewable materials, reducing its environmental impact still
As well as exceptional fuel efficiency the XE’s Ingenium diesel engines also achieve a remarkable 21,000 miles or two
years between services. From the very beginning, key components were designed to be easily accessible to minimise
scheduled maintenance and repair costs. This helps the XE to be awarded highly competitive insurance group ratings.
Full details of the entire XE range will be announced at the Paris Motor Show next month.
Full details on Australian specifications will be announced in due course.
JAGUAR XE DIMENSIONS
Width excl. mirrors (mm)
Kerb weight (kg)
All figures are manufacturer’s estimates and are subject to final confirmation ahead of production.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.