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First pictures: Jaguar XE to rival BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class


Jaguar has unveiled its new XE compact saloon, the British brand's rival to the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.

Las night's London launch included musical performances from the Kaiser Chiefs and Emeli Sande.

   ♦ View more images of the Jaguar XE in our gallery

The Jaguar XE is the first model developed from Jaguar Land Rover’s new modular vehicle architecture, which the company claims will set the standard for driving dynamics in the midsize segment. It says the long wheelbase and low seating position enable perfect proportions and a streamlined, coupe-like profile.

Kevin Stride, vehicle line director, Jaguar XE, said: “Jaguar’s position as the leading premium manufacturer of aluminium vehicles allowed us to develop a light, stiff body structure that is ground-breaking in its class.

"It enables the XE’s advanced chassis technologies to deliver an unprecedented balance of agility and levels of refinement previously found only in vehicles from the segments above.”

As well as a 3.0-litre V6, models will be powered by efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines matched to smooth-shifting six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions.

The diesels – part of Jaguar’s all-new Ingenium engine family – provide exemplary fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from 75mpg and 99g/km.

Infotainment systems are also improved, with the XE’s all-new InControl infotainment system offers the latest technologies to connect car, driver and the outside world. An eight-inch touchscreen features a clear, intuitive graphical interface and fast response times.

The launch event



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  • Automan. - 09/09/2014 14:25

    goodness , could they have made the interior any duller???? The central infotainment already looks dated ,it will nibble at the germans but not enough to loose sleep over YAWNNNN.

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    • bryanbones - 09/09/2014 20:01

      @Automan. - nearly as dull as the 3 series .. Just lighter, faster,cleaner, more economical, will probably deliver a better ride and handle better than a 3 .. No doubt we will soon know how good it really is or if the infotainment system is dated like you say or a big improvement with intel help? Though my opinion is if I want to nit pick they should of made the touch screen a bit bigger ... For sure they have not offered a car happy to be second like the X type ... They have built a car that will force the German family of brands to redesign costing them billions... Like it? I do! I like what Jag has done

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