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Jaguar takes on 3-series with exciting new XE Sports Saloon!

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The new Jaguar XE saloon

The Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the compact sports saloon with its lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior and outstanding ride and handling.

This Jag is truly a testament to company founder Sir William Lyons’ vision: ‘The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive’.

Similar to BMW’s 3-series this sedan is also rear-drive, but the XE is the only vehicle in its class to use an aluminium-intensive ‘monocoque’. This Jag-trademark extremely robust yet light structure, together with double wishbone front suspension and an Integral Link rear axle, is fundamental to the XE’s innovative new standard in vehicle dynamics.

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The new Jaguar XE – Rear

Efficiency & Performance

Jaguar’s extensive expertise in aluminium structure design & engineering permits outstanding fuel consumption and emissions figures: with the newly designed ‘Ingenium’ diesel engines, the XE can achieve 75mpg and 99g/km CO2 making this car the most efficient Jaguar ever!

On the other hand, when it comes to performance though the petrol powered supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine from the acclaimed Jaguar F-TYPE, the XE S is capable of 0-100kph in just 4.9 seconds and is the star of the show.

Aluminium abundance

The aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE is the first model developed from Jaguar Land Rover’s new modular vehicle architecture. The long 2,835mm wheelbase and low seating position allows for a streamlined profile while at the same time enabling great dynamics.

“The Jaguar XE body uses over 75% aluminium content, which far exceeds any other car in its class. This gives us a body structure with unrivaled low weight: it’s light but also immensely strong with extremely high levels of torsional stiffness and safety without compromising on vehicle design or refinement” Dr Mark White, Jaguar Chief Technical Specialist

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The new Jaguar XE – Side front

Cabin comfort

Expectations raised by the XE’s beautiful exterior styling are exceeded once inside. The XE’s cabin offers exceptional levels of comfort and spaciousness. Exquisite materials and finishes combined with characteristic Jaguar workmanship make this a class-challenging interior that’s unlike anything else in the segment.

Jaguar’s new InControl Touch infotainment system takes centre stage: its innovative 8-inch touchscreen brings fast, intuitive access to all features and functions – and iOS and Android smartphone apps.

The contour-hugging front seats are mounted low, creating a sports-car like driving position with heating and cooling options and up to 14-way power adjustment. The rear seats may also be heated and can offer a 40:20:40 split-fold – a first for Jaguar – and a through-loading feature.

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The new Jaguar XE – Front

Technology & Assistance

The XE has some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available. All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), developed through decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, can electronically gain traction in seconds and is ideal for use on low-grip surfaces, such as snow-covered roads.

Laser projection technology enables the XE’s head-up display (HUD) to generate sharp, high-contrast colour graphics (such as vehicle speed and navigation) from a module smaller and almost a third lighter than existing systems, retaining clarity even in direct sunlight.

Also, a stereo camera is mounted behind the front windscreen to give the XE a 3D view of the road ahead: this data is used for functions including autonomous emergency braking and a lane departure warning system.

Styling & Dynamics

The XE is the stiffest, most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon car ever built. The new XE continues this tradition of un-compromised form and function: its profile has the lowest drag coefficient of any Jaguar yet – Cd 0.26. It is also the first Jaguar to be equipped with electric power steering, tuned to provide exceptional responsiveness and feel but with lower energy consumption than hydraulic systems. The XE also boasts the lowest cost of ownership and most environmentally sustainable credentials of all Jaguar models.

The XE now completes the Jaguar saloon car range, sitting below the XF and XJ model lines.

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The new Jaguar XE – Side rear


From luxurious to high-performance, the XE range offers a model perfectly suited to every taste & driver. Each XE is designed to offer an unrivaled combination of steering response, ride comfort, refinement and performance. These attributes are matched to the sleek, perfectly-proportioned exterior styling and the premium materials and meticulous attention to detail defining the interior.


The entry-level to the XE range, the Pure* model features high-quality cloth seats and a gloss black treatment for the door trim finishers and the signature ‘Riva Hoop’ sweeping around the instrument panel.


Seats are trimmed with Taurus leather with unique technical mesh fabric inserts. The ‘Riva Hoop’ and door finishers are in etched aluminium, and the tread plates and sports steering wheel feature R-Sport branding. The exterior is enhanced
by a subtle rear spoiler and a noble chrome treatment for the side power vents. sports suspension delivers even better handling.


The most performance-orientated XE model features a race-inspired interior. The Taurus leather seats have suede cloth panels and the tread plates and leather sports steering wheel carry the S logo. Dark hex aluminium graces the door finishers and the ‘Riva Hoop’, while the centre console is gloss black. The front bumper’s enlarged air intakes hint at the performance potential of the supercharged V6. Side sill extensions, rear spoiler, gloss black rear valance, red brake calipers and optional forged, 20-inch ‘Propeller’ alloy wheels complete the package.


Taurus leather upholstery with contrasting stitching delivers a modern, progressive luxury interior, complete with phosphor blue ambient lighting. Inserts on the air-conditioned seat option are perforated and the ‘Riva Hoop’ and door finishers are finished in brushed aluminium.


The most luxurious XE model, Portfolio features a wide range of colour options for the premium Windsor leather with herringbone perforations. The instrument panel features split upper and lower coverings in two colours, complete with colour-keyed twin-needle stitching for a truly bespoke feel. The aluminium trim has an embossed surface finish.

Note: Featured pictures & models may not accurately depict the final South African version of the car. Final specifications, engines and trim levels of SA version not available at time of publication.

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