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2017 Jaguar XE Configurator Goes Live, Still No Pricing

Though fans will have to wait for a while longer until they can get behind the wheel here in the U.S., Jaguar has now posted a preliminary configurator for the 2017 Jaguar XE on its website. The build-your-own site reveals that the 2017 Jaguar XE will feature three trim levels, including a base XE, the XE R-Sport, and the top-shelf XE S model. Full pricing is still unavailable, but the configurator provides a decent preview for the different XE variants we'll eventually see in the showroom.

The new XE is hugely significant for Jaguar, a company which is trying to position itself as a global player in the ultra-competitive luxury sport sedan segment. We already know for sure that the highest-performing 2017 Jaguar XE will be the XE S, which will arrive with 340 hp from its 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, but there are still some question marks about the other powerplant options. We expect the base engine to be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (from Jaguar's new aluminum Ingenium line) with at least 240 hp, alongside a new 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine making either 160 or 177 hp. Both the diesel and gas-powered engines will be paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic at launch, while a six-speed manual could be an option for both engines later on.

All Jaguar XE models can be had in one of 13 paint options, with halogen headlights and 18-inch wheels as standard. From the base 2017 Jaguar XE on up, customers can select one of five 18-inch wheel styles, or pony up for 19-inch wheels in one of five styles. Also available are HID Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, which also function as turn indicators. For the base 2017 Jaguar XE, seating surfaces are covered in Luxtec leatherette and shiny black plastic veneer.

Jaguar's mid-level R-Sport trim appears as if it will play a similar role to Audi's S-Line or BMW's M-Sport package, adding a more aggressive body kit and greater interior options. Based on what the configurator shows, the 2017 Jaguar XE R-Sport features a beefed-up front aero package with chrome trim, sportier side sills, leather interior, and patterned wood or carbon fiber veneer cabin detailing.

The range-topping XE S also features standard leather and the upgraded aero package, but the standard wheel size jumps up to 19-inches, with optional 20-inchers as well. From the looks of it the S trim will get red-painted calipers for its ventilated disc brakes, which are aided by Jaguar's torque vectoring brake system. The black-mesh intakes and side sills also use carbon fiber trim. while inside the XE S features the same leather seating surface options and veneer trim materials as the XE R-Sport.

There's still no word on how much any of these trim levels will add to the 2017 XE's still undetermined base price, nor which modern tech and convenience features will be available on which model. We do know there will be an available laser heads-up display, 8-inch touchscreen with inControl infotainment, a Meridian sound system, Wi-Fi compatibility, and full suite of active and passive safety tech.

The 2017 Jaguar XE will launch in the U.S. in 2016, a year after it makes its European debut.