Find or Sell any Parts for Your Vehicle in USA

Jaguar chooses ‘XE’ name for new small sports saloon (2014)

Tue, 04 Mar 2014

By Ollie Kew and Phil McNamara

First Official Pictures

04 March 2014 13:06

Jaguar will call its new small sports saloon ‘XE’, the company has confirmed. The new sub-XF fastback, scooped by CAR in a world exclusive earlier in 2014, will be available from early 2015, with four-cylinder engines first.

Eventually, you’ll be able to choose from, rear- and four-wheel drive versions, including a 550bhp flagship hot rod. Sounds like fun, but the supercar-chasing XE won’t be the real money-spinner.

The staple of the range will be turbocharged 2.0-litre  four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, churned out by Jaguar Land Rover’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility currently under construction in Wolverhampton, UK.

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, told CAR: ' XE is the first new car to get Ingenium engines’ [the codename for Jaguar’s next-gen powerplants, named after the Latin word for engine.]

‘XE will be an all-new Jaguar, delivering an advanced aluminium structure which is a first in its segment. It will bring our customers all the benefits of aluminium: lightness, stiffness, for unbeatable handling and efficiency. The new engine and aluminium architecture complement each other: they create a car that drives, feels and looks like a true Jaguar.’

Indeed. Jaguar boasts that the XE’s range will cover everything from a 99g/km super-frugal diesel XE to a supercharged flagship (potentially called XER-S) that can top 186mph.

As you can see from CAR’s spy shots and the chassis images pictured here, the XE has a fastback, cab-rearward stance, and the teaser image shows how Jaguar’s styling team has married XF cues with the looks of the C-X17 SUV concept, which uses the same ‘iQ Al’ aluminium platform.

By Ollie Kew and Phil McNamara