After months of speculation, Jaguar has finally announced the official name of its upcoming 3 Series fighter. The XE sports sedan will utilize the automaker’s new Ingenium engines, which will all be four-cylinder gasoline and diesel variants. The new midsize sedan from Jaguar so far has only been teased, but it will be unveiling in its final production form in the latter part of the year.
The XE will mark Jaguar’s first foray into the midsize sedan segment since it stopped making the X-Type in 2008. The new model promises greater athleticism and overall quality. Whether the new model will be met with skepticism or roaring success in the automotive market remains to be seen.
Jaguar is pulling out all of the stops to help sway consumers’ opinions of the upcoming XE. The car features an all-aluminum architecture, which was first shown off in the C-X17 concept car back in 2013. When the car launches, it will be the only vehicle in its class to have an aluminum chassis, providing a level of rigidity and efficiency not available from competing luxury brands.
As for the engine lineup, executives at the British automaker are staying mum. They have divulged that the gasoline and diesel power plants will vary in size and output. Executives have also said that the latest fuel-saving technologies will be employed in the engines’ design, without sacrificing driving performance.
“The new Jaguar XE is every bit a modern Jaguar; more compact in size but visually striking. Customers will expect a great deal from a mid-size Jaguar – it must be practical but premium. We never forget we are designing a Jaguar and that means it must be as exciting to look at and drive as it is brilliant to run and practical to own. We believe we’ve done just that with the Jaguar XE,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design for Jaguar.