Jaguar XE

Thumb greeting to German rivalry

"The XE will be able to clash a car segment fulfilled by the titans"

"Design is modeled after that of the XF and the XJ"

"Jaguar sold about 76,000 cars worldwide in 2013" 

We all know that the "cat" manufacturer is back to the fight scene with the Germans. It all started with the F-Type that revived the entire young, energetic and ferocious image of Jaguar's past racing era. I personally admire how Jaguar execs are escalating the heights step by step. They are working quite hard on making Jaguar a profitable standalone company apart from Land Rover, and it is doing marvelously well.

It took the villainous commercials for the F-Type to change the whole perception of Jaguar. I was among the many who assumed Jaguar's vehicles were for the retired only. In fact, that was the state of the 1990s to the 2000s era. But now, the F-Type has been a smart move and has created a young brand image that will attract another kind of buyer.

We attended Jaguar's XE launch at Earls Court in the UK. It was a theatrical piece; a bit long I would say.

What's new about the Jaguar XE?
The new Jaguar XE can take on many rivals who are leading the segment: Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50 and Lexus IS. The Jaguar XE, a new compact executive car from the British brand, has been revealed and the XE now completes the Jaguar saloon car range and sits below the XF and XJ models. The car's release date is after its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show this month, with the first deliveries around mid-2015.

Exterior 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, under a philosophy of 'anything we can imagine, we can create.'

This makes it possible to realize 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, coupe-like profile.

The strongly sculpted bonnet creates 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 Coupe. The signature J-Blade running lights are another instantly recognizable 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 processor time.

Aluminum intensive monologue: Light, stiff, safe
Jaguar is more experienced in the use of aluminum 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 aluminum-intensive monocoque.

Much of the aluminum 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 aluminum bonnet ensures high levels of pedestrian impact protection.

Sustainability is a big part of Jaguar's aluminum 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 aluminum 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.

Chassis
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 aluminum 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. Aluminum has been used extensively, minimizing weight.

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 percent, the system offers the performance that Jaguar's engineers demanded.

Safety intelligent technologies
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 enjoyable.

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 color 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.

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 times.

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 WiFi 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.

Powertrains
The new XE is powered by a range of four and six cylinder all aluminum 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 liter V6 with the acclaimed F-TYPE.

Spray-guided direct injection and fully variable valve timing optimize 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 running.

Developing 340hp/450Nm, the V6 provides the XE S with exceptional acceleration and performance: 0-100 kph takes just 5.1 seconds and top speed is electronically-limited to 250 kph.

Jaguar is launching the XE with a new family 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 Center.

Proven over two 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 liter 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 163hp/380Nm variant. More powerful versions will be available too, combining exceptional fuel economy and even greater responsiveness.

The 2.0 liter 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 highly efficient six speed manual - low viscosity oil and pseudo dry-sump lubrication cut parasitic losses. All of the XE's transmissions are characterized by exceptionally smooth, quiet shifts.

JAGUAR XE: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION 

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

Engine capacity

3.0 L Twin-Vortex supercharger

Cylinders

V6

Transmission

8 speed automatic

PERFORMANCE

 

 

0-100km/h sec

5.1

Top speed kph

250

Power hp

340

Torque Nm

450

Fuel consumption liters/100km

8.3)

Weight (kg)

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