by Joseph Scott
The highly anticipated all-new 2016 Jaguar XE compact sports sedan made its first US appearance at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, MI.
Jaguar says this car will not go on sale until 2016 and will be offered in the gasoline and diesel engines. Customers will choose between the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 capable of 340 horsepower with a zero to 60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed (limited by electronic control) of 155 mph or the diesel powertrain. We are still waiting for the full set of specs for this engine but we are hearing some rumors of over 40 mpg and that’s enough to get everyone excited! The 8-speed auto and rear wheel drive is sure to attract buyers looking for a break from the cookie cutter cars that most manufacturers are currently making. Early consumer reviews are raving about the styling and new technology Jaguar is ready to launch in the US.
Jaguar’s Director of Design says “Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE positioning as a serious driver’s car – the cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it’s standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-Type and will stand apart in the crowd.”
Jaguar has invested a lot to time and money into this new project in hopes that it will be a worthy replacement for the X-Type (compact premium segment). The XE comes packed with all the latest electronic goodies for the tech savvy consumer, including the InControl infotainment system with voice control, USB, iOS/Android connectivity, and streaming audio through the Meridian audio system.
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Jaguar XE Picture Gallery
(official images reproduced from Jaguar.com with thanks)