2016 Jaguar XE Puts Premium on Connectivity | Edmunds

2016 Jaguar XE Puts Premium on Connectivity


Just the Facts:
  • The 2016 Jaguar XE compact premium sport sedan will feature a new infotainment system called InControl, along with such options as a laser-based head-up display and Wi-Fi connectivity for multiple devices.
  • The car's InControl Remote allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from anywhere in the world.
  • InControl Remote handles a range of vehicle functions, including seven-day timed pre-setting of the climate control system and starting the engine.

MAHWAH, New Jersey The 2016 Jaguar XE compact premium sport sedan will feature a new infotainment system called InControl, along with such options as a laser-based head-up display and Wi-Fi connectivity for multiple devices, the automaker said late Monday.

The world premiere of the Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8 with a public showing expected at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. The XE will arrive at U.S. dealerships sometime in 2016. Pricing has not been announced.

This is the third of four technology previews to be released ahead of the XE's official debut and signals a battle to win the connectivity crown in this segment. The Jaguar XE targets the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Jaguar Land Rover promises that XE drivers will not have to work through lots of menus to access parts of the infotainment system and notes that voice controls will have a high priority. The centerpiece of the new InControl system is an 8-inch touchscreen.

"Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them," said Dr. Mike Bell, Jaguar's global connected car director, in a statement. "The new XE allows drivers to stay connected."

The car's InControl Remote allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from anywhere in the world.

InControl Remote handles a range of vehicle functions, including seven-day timed pre-setting of the climate control system and starting the engine.

Edmunds says: A key question for car shoppers is just how much all of these high-tech features will add to the price of the 2016 Jaguar XE.

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