A few weeks ago we told you about Jaguar revealing its C-Class rival, the XE with just one image. Now, however the car has been spotted on test with a production ready body.
The XE will be the first of the new Jaguars to be based on its new scalable aluminium architecture, which will underpin all Jaguar models henceforth. The aluminium will help keep the car very light and couple that to great engines and the Jaguar XE might easily dethrone the BMW for being the drivers car in this segment.
The car is powered by Jaguars new family of engines, Ingenium. These engines were designed to get high power output with very less emissions. One of the smaller engines will develop less than 100g/km of CO2 while the biggest one will power the car to 186 mph.
An 8 speed automatic gearbox will be the main choice for transmission. We cannot confirm whether or not a manual gearbox will be available as an option as of yet, but we hope that Jaguar will think about it. The gearbox will power the rear wheels in the XE making it more fun to drive, but all wheel drive will be available as an option for Europe.
The car will be available in the showrooms by early 2015 with a price tag of £25,000 and £30,000. The V6 model will cost you a few thousand over the standard model.
The XE will enable the customer to make a cheaper entry into the Jaguar brand. The XE will also help Jaguar continue with its already rising sales figures and market share.
Jaguar is taking on the German trio: Mercedes, Audi and BMW with their C-Class, A4 and the 3 Series with the introduction of the XE compact sedan. With the limited knowledge we have right now, the car looks like it will easily score high points when compared to the other three. In terms of looks, the XE wins hands down.
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