Jaguar Teases New XE Sports Sedan to Compete with BMW 3 Series
Jaguar is a brand that sticks to the past, even when evolving. The names of its vehicles are well known, and when they introduce a new car, it is named in the context of past vehicles. So when Jaguar teases a new vehicle called “XE,” we tend to pay attention. Jaguar has been on a roll as of late. The Tata-owned luxury brand has redesigned nearly its entire lineup, introduced one of the most lovable sportscars in the world, and now has its sights set on the small luxury car market (again). RELATED: See Photos of the 2015 Jaguar F-Type
The XE takes its naming from the fact that it will slot underneath the XF, and it will compete against the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Jaguar tried this once with the ill-fated X-Type, but that was when Jaguar was owned by Ford, and attempted to pass a Mondeo off as a Jag. That won’t happen again– rather, the XE will be based on the same architecture as the C-X17 crossover that debuted last year (shown here), which will hopefully keep costs down.
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This entirely new vehicle will be powered by an entirely new set of engines. Dubbed “Ingenium,” the engines will be both gas and diesel, and mounted both transversely and longitudinally– allowing for both AWD and RWD setups.
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The new Jag is expected to arrive in Europe in 2015, and come to the US by 2016. No word on pricing or when we can expect to see the first shots of this baby Jag, but consider our interest piqued.