|Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLRM) plans to introduce the new Jaguar XE sports saloon this month, to kick off the new year proper. The XE is the most compact, sturdy and lightest Jaguar saloon yet, and features many ground-breaking technologies.|
Positioned below the Jaguar XF and XJ variants, the XE takes up a long wheelbase and low seating position thanks to well-conceived proportions and a coupe-like profile. The profile consists of short front overhang and long rear overhang, and the car’s front fascia has the cab-rearward stance and signature J-Blade running lights.
From the rear, the lights, a horizontal line intersecting a roundel, is a powerful styling feature inherited from the iconic E-type. Co-efficient drag rating is just 0.26, lowest ever for a Jaguar production car. For the range topping XE S, there is large front air intakes, chrome side vents, discreet rear spoiler and optional 20-inch wheels.
Inside the XE, the cabin is all about comfort and spaciousness with the premium materials and finishes. The spacious cabin cocoons front seat passengers with a deep center console which creates a cockpit-like feel. The F-TYPE-style dials and the cluster needle sweep on start-up further emphasize the XE’s sports saloon attributes. Front and rear seat occupants enjoy generous amounts of head and legroom, while every bit of details comprises technical fabrics, fine-grain leathers, stitches and wood veneers.
In addition, Jaguar XE will also offer the marque’s most advanced infotainment system ever: the InControl Touch Pro 8-inch touchscreen, along with a 10.2-inch tablet (domestic availability subjected to JLRM specifications).
The new Jaguar XET comes standard with a 2.0-liter powerplant that’s paired to either 6-speed or 8-speed gearbox. Whereas, the range topping XE S features a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 powerplant that churns 340PS and 450Nm of torque, with 0 – 100 km/h dash in just 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155mph). The 3.0-liter XE is paired to an 8-speed transmission with paddle shifters. Thanks to Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, the XE is the most fuel-efficient Jaguar and offers the lowest total cost of ownership of any Jaguar, boasting class-leading residual values and emissions from just 99g/km.
As a recipient of the 5-star Euro NCAP, the XE inherits the marque’s inherent strength and stiffness in terms of body structure, together with cutting-edge driver assistance systems and safety features. Furthermore, the XE is primed for unrivalled ride, handling and driving dynamics with the inception of combined double wishbone and Integral Link suspension systems.