Jaguar teases out details of new XE sedan

Compact Jaguar to compete with 3 Series will be fully revealed on September 8

Published: August 21, 2014, 7:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:32 PM

Jaguar XE Aluminum Structure

Jaguar's all-new XE compact sedan won't be fully revealed until its official world premiere, to be held in London on September 8, 2014. But the company has been teasing out important details about the car in advance of that public debut.

We now know what it will look like, from the front at least. And we know a lot about its all-aluminum body structure.

Most recently, Jaguar has released information about its in-car information and entertainment systems, which will centre on an 8-inch touchscreen interface.

"In-car technologies in this ever-more connected and fast-paced world are an integral part of your driving experience," says Dr. Mike Bell, Jaguar's global connected car director. "With the all-new XE we're introducing an entire suite of cutting-edge driver aids and entertainment systems."

Jaguar InControl Remote will allow iOS and Android smartphone users to connect to the car and control a range of vehicle functions from wherever they are. These functions include seven-day timed pre-setting of the climate control system, locking and unlocking the doors and starting the engine.

Conversely, Jaguar InControl Apps will allows users to access their smartphone apps through the vehicle's touchscreen, helping them do everything from making a conference call to finding a parking lot or booking a hotel room.

With a separately purchased data plan, the XE can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the Internet.

In addition to its infotainment capabilities, the XE will offer an array of optional advanced driver assistance systems, including an all-new laser Heads-Up Display (HUD).

The aluminum-intensive XE, which fits below the XF in Jaguar's sedan hierarchy, is intended to compete directly with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class and similar compact luxury sedans.

The XE will be the first Jaguar car built at Jaguar Land Rover's new production facility at Solihull in England's West Midlands.