Jaguar XE program director Nick Miller has disclosed some juicy details about the model's future.
About a month ago Miller announced coupe and wagon derivatives of the 2015 XE are being considered and now he admitted an all-wheel drive version is in the works and it will likely be one of the first updates to be applied on the firm's compact model. In addition, he also said the supercharged V8 5.0-liter engine is compatible with the XE and is being considered for a potential XE R / XE R-S high-performance variant.
Miller went on to say an inline-six 3.0-liter configuration of the existing 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium gasoline engine would also fit in the car's engine bay. Thanks to the modularity of these Ingenium engines, the XE can get a wide variety of configurations including twin-turbo, turbocharging & supercharging combined, electric supercharging as well as a hybrid setup.
Lastly, Miller said the AWD setup could be fitted on these higher performance flavors as well. Until then, the XE S will sit on top of the range with a supercharged V6 3.0-liter engine outputting 340 HP (250 kW) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The car can do 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed limited at 155 mph (250 km/h).