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Eleven Paris Motor Show models to watch in 2015

Jaguar XEJaguar XE

Jaguar XE

The XE will reach dealers next May, providing a significant volume boost for the Jaguar franchise. Prices will start at £26,995 for the petrol-engined versions and from £29,775 in diesel form.

Topping the range, and available from launch is the XE S, which costs from £44,870 and shares its supercharged 335bhp 3.0-litre V6 with the F-type.

Also included in this rear-wheel-driven executive car’s engine line-up are two new four-cylinder ‘Ingenium’ EU6-compliant diesels, with standard manual gearbox  and an eight-speed auto optional, and two four-cylinder turbocharged petrol units with the auto gearbox as standard.

The base 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel offers fuel economy of 75mpg with CO2 emissions of 99g/km in manual form, or 71.7mpg and 104g/km as an automatic, so will have real appeal to the BIK-conscious company car chooser. A 178bhp version of this engine will also be offered.

The car will be offered in four trim levels: SE, Prestige, Portfolio and R-Sport. Standard kit on the SE includes sat-nav, touchscreen with ‘InControl’ multimedia system, DAB radio, 17in alloys and cruise control. SE and mid-range Prestige are only available on the diesels and base petrol model, while Portfolio, the most luxurious, is offered on the diesels and the 237bhp 2.0-litre petrol. R-Sport includes a suspension upgrade and is offered only with the most powerful 178bhp diesel and 237bhp petrol.

A host of new technology includes a low-speed traction control system called All Surface Progress Control that maximises traction in low-grip conditions, adaptive cruise control, two semi-autonomous parking systems and blind spot monitoring.



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