The brand’s most advanced sports saloon
Jaguar calls its newly-unveiled XE as “The most advanced, efficient and refined sports saloon” it has ever developed and produced. And that boast is not an empty one.
Launched in the Philippines on October 22, 2015 during an event held at the Palace Pool Club at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, the XE is set to make its presence felt in the competitive four-door sport sedan segment where luxury marques like BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lexus have been slugging it out.
“Power of agility in the urban jungle, the ownership of a Jaguar purrs with passion and excitement from the roots of its heritage when Sir William Lyons started in 1922 and still alive today with so much benefits from the advances of technology from the aluminum and magnesium metallurgy, suspension and advanced electronics. This is the foundation of what a Jaguar is,” Wellington Soong, chair and president of Jaguar Cars Inc., said.
The XE launch also commemorated two decades of cooperation between Jaguar and Soong, who has demonstrated over that time period his passion for the brand and its sleek cars.
Jaguar claims the XE is the “most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon car ever produced.” It is also the first Jaguar to be developed through Jaguar-Land Rover’s new modular vehicular structure.
The XE’s aluminum density is at 75 percent that is delivered through a monocoque or single-shell architecture, the first in the compact executive car segment to be built in this manner. The Jaguar XE boasts sophisticated body engineering features including the use of aerospace-inspired joining technology that puts out an outstanding combination of strength, stiffness and durability for its chassis.
Jaguar considers the aluminum intensive monocoque of the XE the benchmark in its class. And with its long 2,835-millimeter wheelbase and low seating position, the XE achieves a streamlined profile.
Jaguar claims the XE has 22kNm/deg torsional stiffness and coupled with its nearly perfect 50:50 weight distribution, makes its driver hold the optimum line easy.
Powertrain and cabin
The Jaguar XE’s petrol engine range begins with the turbocharged, direct-injection, 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that made its debut in the Jaguar XF and XJ saloons. The refined and lightweight powerplant is available in two ratings: 200 PS (197 horsepower) and 280 Newton-meters; and 240 PS (236 hp) and 340 Nm.
The Jaguar XE also has refined exhaust gas recirculation system.
Inside the cabin, the Jaguar XE matches the outstanding craftsmanship of its exterior. The dashboard features an 8-inch touchscreen instrument panel to access exciting features and functions. Front seat passengers are treated to deep center console and a cockpit-like, sports-like riding comfort. All occupants enjoy spacious head and legroom, as well as the luxurious treatment of bespoke cabin furniture complete with technical fabrics, fine-grain leathers and contrasting twin-needle stitching. The handcrafted design also extends to gloss black, textured aluminum, contemporary wood veneer and carbon-fiber trim.
The Jaguar XE also has some of the most advanced driver assistance systems and the first to use electric power steering (EPAS), which enhances energy efficiency. The system hardware has also been optimized to reduce backlash and friction, allowing for immediate response and the “connected feel” of the driver to the car.
Another driver assistance feature in the XE is Torque Vectoring by Braking that helps the sports saloon turn into corners more precisely.
“Using electronic sensors, the Torque Vectoring system can sense impending understeer. It then applies precise braking forces to the inner rear wheel, and feeds more torque to the outer rear wheel; finely adjusting XE’s trajectory for optimal handling,” Jaguar said in its website.
Meanwhile, the All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC) is a category-first technology from Jaguar that is a standard feature in all XEs with automatic transmission. Functioning like a low-speed cruise control system, ASPC enables the XE to find grip in even the most slippery conditions.
“Jaguars have always been renowned for a balance of precise handling and a high-quality ride. The XE is the culmination of everything the company has learned over the years, providing a combination of supple ride and crisp handling that is unmatched in this segment,” said Mike Cross, Jaguar chief engineer of Vehicle Integrity.