Jaguar’s slow reveal of the new 2016 Jaguar XE has given us some information about the car’s aluminum-intensive chassis and turbocharged Ingenium powertrains. Now we know that this compact sport sedan will officially debut September 8, 2014 at an event in London.
The Jaguar XE will be a compact sport sedan meant to compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. It slots in below the XF in Jaguar’s lineup, but will reportedly wear similar dimensions as the current XF since the next-generation Jaguar XF is expected to grow in size. We’ve seen spy shots and teaser photos of the XE that display a strong family resemblance with the XF, especially from the front where the rounded-off Jaguar grille features prominently, flanked by swept-back cat-eye headlights.
With its aluminum chassis, the Jaguar XE will put a priority on lightweight construction, and Jaguar has also revealed that the XE will have a double wishbone front suspension from the F-type sports car and a so-called “Integral Link” rear suspension with many components made of aluminum. The new car will also be the first Jaguar with a new generation of the company’s electric power assisted steering system that’s meant to provide better feel and easier low-speed maneuverability. Also in the cards is a new traction-control system called All Surface Progress control.
The 2016 Jaguar XE will also debut Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium engine family, which comprises of a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder. We don’t know much else about these powertrains, but we do know that these two engines can pair with either an automatic or a manual transmission. This gives us hope that the Jaguar XE might offer a standard manual transmission, becoming the only Jaguar model sold in the U.S. to do so.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2016 Jaguar XE as we near its debut September 8. This new sport sedan goes on sale in Europe in 2015, and in the U.S. in 2016.