Four years after its initial launch, Jaguar has revealed the new 2019 XE. Though only tweaked in styling, the new XE’s interior has been completed revamped, while some new smart technologies and a first-in-segment emissions performance will grab Jaguar the headlines.
XE sales had fallen behind the BMW Series 3 and the Audi A4 in recent years, but thanks to its enhanced appearance, new technology and an all-new luxurious interior, we’d put good money on the new Jaguar XE becoming a serious player in the business car market in no time.
Design-wise, the new XE has been modified rather than radicalised with Jaguar citing the F-TYPE as its inspiration. It’s lower and wider than before with slightly beefier humps and feels more assertive for it. There’s new front and rear bumpers, advanced all-LED headlights and tail-lights with distinctive LED signatures too.
Under the bonnet, the new XE is available with a choice of clean and efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines; which is a first-in-segment to be compliant with stringent RDE2 NOx emissions tests. Automatic transmission is standard, while rear and AWD variants are both available. At its peak, the leading 300 PS petrol engine hits 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds.
But it’s inside the cockpit where things have really been taken to the next level. The XE’s beautifully-crafted all-new interior features extensive use of soft-touch materials, premium veneers and all-new door trims. It’s packed with tech too, with the standout a new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system and 12.3-inch interactive driver display (shared with the all-electric I-PACE).
Essentially, every aspect of the cabin has been enhanced for convenience and comfort. Naturally, there’s wireless device charging but there’s also a first-in-segment ClearSight interior rear view mirror which uses a wide-angle rear-facing camera and a hi-def screen within the frameless rear view mirror to give the driver an unobstructed view of the road behind.
Smart technologies also play in a big part in the new XE with Jaguar using artificial intelligence to learn the preferences of individual drivers to not only adjust seats, mirrors, audio and climate settings automatically, but also set the optimum settings for the engine, gearbox and steering through the Configurable Dynamics system on the central touchscreen.
The new Jaguar XE is available to order now at the Jaguar Website now, where prices begin at £33,915.
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