What Is It?
2017 Jaguar XE
What's New About This Model?
The 2017 Jaguar XE is an all-new compact sport sedan that slots below the midsize Jaguar XF in the brand's lineup. The XE is similar in size to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Sales of the 2017 Jaguar XE are expected to start in early 2016 for the U.S. market. In European markets, the XE will go on sale in mid-2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but we expect the XE will arrive with a base price of around $35,000 for the rear-wheel-drive model with the base four-cylinder engine.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Jaguar XE will come as a sedan only when it arrives in 2016. Final details on the U.S. trim levels have not been set, but in Europe the XE will offer five different trim levels that range from the base Pure model all the way up to the performance-oriented S model.
What Is It Made of?
Most of the XE's chassis is made from aluminum although about 25 percent of its body parts are done in steel to maintain its perfect 50:50 front-to-rear weight balance.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder, 237 horsepower, 250 lb-ft of torque
- 2.0-liter inline, four-cylinder diesel, 177 hp, 316 lb-ft of torque
- 3.0-liter supercharged V6, 335 hp, 332 lb-ft of torque
- Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
- Rear wheel drive standard, all-wheel drive optional
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The XE will be the first Jaguar in the U.S. to offer a diesel engine. It's an all-new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that should help deliver exceptional mileage for a car in its class.
Another notable feature is the new InControl driver interface system. It features an 8-inch touchscreen that can connect to your smartphone and mimic its apps. So instead of learning an all-new Jaguar-specific system, you can just connect your phone and use your apps on the dashboard display just as you would on your phone.
The system also functions as a Wifi hotspot as well as offering the ability to remotely control various functions of the car through your smartphone. Everything from turning on the air-conditioning to opening the trunklid can be accomplished with either an iOS or Android phone and the Jaguar app.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi A4/S4: One of the older models in this class, the A4 is still a contender thanks to its wide range of engines and sharply styled interiors.
BMW 3 Series: The long-running benchmark for compact sport sedans, the 3 Series still delivers an exceptional combination of performance, comfort and efficiency. This is the car that the Jaguar XE was designed to conquer.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Fully redesigned for 2015, the latest C-Class is slightly larger and more luxurious than its predecessors. It's finally the downsized S-Class that Mercedes has been promising.
Should You Wait for It?
If you're looking to buy soon, the XE is still too far off to wait around for. But if you're just starting to think about what you might be interested in come 2016, the Jaguar XE should be a strong contender in a field of great cars.