The new Jaguar XE is available to order now (2nd October) with prices starting from £26,995 and ranging to £44,870. CO2 emissions for its entry-level diesel model fall below 99 g/km, making it free of road tax.
Five engines will initially be available: two 2.0-litre petrol units, a pair of 2.0-litre diesels, and a supercharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that tops off the range.
The range starts with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 200PS and 280Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Despite being the cheapest engine in the XE range, it’s certainly no slouch, with 0-60mph taken care of in just 7.1 seconds and a 147mph top speed. CO2 emissions are 179 g/km, while it returns a respectable 37.7 mpg on the combined cycle.
A more powerful version with 240PS and 350Nm of torque will also be available, and while this shares the emissions and economy figures of its 200PS counterpart, it’s over half a second faster, recording a 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
Diesel options arrive in the XE range courtesy of a new family of engines designed and manufactured entirely in-house.
Dubbed Ingenium, the first of these units takes the form of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel with 163PS and 380Nm of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto transmission. In manual form, it can sprint from 0-60mph in 7.9 seconds, although the auto version is slightly quicker at 7.7 seconds. Both have a 132mph top speed. The manual is the more efficient of the two, recording CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km and combined cycle economy of an incredible 75.0 mpg, although the auto isn’t far behind with 104 g/km and 71.7 mpg.
A more powerful 180PS version is also available with a delicious-sounding 430Nm of torque, and it records a 7.4-second 0-60mph time with a 140mph top whack. Emissions for manual and auto versions are identical at 109 g/km, with economy for both pegged at 67.3 mpg.
Top of the range, however, is the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with 340PS and 450Nm. It can terrorise its way to 60mph in just 4.9 seconds and is reigned in at 155mph by its electronic speed limiter. Economy is still respectable, though, at 34.9 mpg with CO2 emissions of 194 g/km.
Five grades are available in the XE range, starting with the SE that includes cloth seats, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, DAB digital radio and satellite navigation as standard.
Prestige models add heated leather seats, blue ambient lighting and brushed aluminium trim.
Portfolio models, meanwhile, offer the greatest luxury with soft-grain Windsor leather upholstery with herringbone perforations, available in a range of colours, special dashboard and trim options including contrast stitching and embossed aluminium, plus a Meridian audio system, electric front seats, bi-xenon headlights with LED signature and 18-inch alloy wheels.
R-Sport models bring an enticing sporting touch with heated sports seats in Taurus leather, etched aluminium trim, R-Sport-branded steering wheel and tread plates, bi-xenon headlights, two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels, Sports suspension, gloss black window surrounds and a subtle rear spoiler.
The range peaks with the S model, available exclusively with the supercharged V6, and builds on the R-Sport model with the use of larger air intakes in the front bumper, side sill extensions, gloss black rear valance, red brake calipers, and 19-inch alloy wheels, plus a Meridian audio system, keyless entry and power boot lid.
The Jaguar XE also marks the debut of a fleet of new technologies: not just in the greater use of aluminium in its construction, but also in systems such as All Surface Progress Control which helps maintain traction in slippery conditions, a laser-based head-up display projected onto the windscreen, and stereo forward-facing cameras to keep track of other vehicles and provide emergency braking and lane departure warning systems.
The XE is also the first Jaguar to use the company’s new electric power steering system – EPAS – that is so advanced it is said to be able to take road camber and even ambient temperature into consideration.
Order books for the new Jaguar XE open tomorrow, with prices starting from £26,995.
Jaguar XE Prices
|ENGINE||TRIM LEVEL||ON THE ROAD PRICE|
|2.0i 200PS||SE Auto||£26,995.00|
|2.0i 240PS||R-Sport Auto||£33,095.00|
|3.0i S/C 340PS||S||£44,870.00|