Jaguar is updating its compact XE sedan for 2020 with a new exterior and interior, and a bunch of new technology to keep it safe and desirable to a new generation of buyers.
“The new Jaguar XE is all about building on the undeniable sporting proportions of the original car,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Director of Design. “We’ve given the car much bolder graphics and more visual width; planting it in a way which really illustrates its dynamic intent. The new XE is a wonderfully complete package with a very purposeful exterior matched to a beautifully crafted, sporty interior.”
The exterior gets new front and rear bumpers with LED lighting at both ends, while the front end gets a wider grille and distinctive signature driving lights in the form of a J below the headlights. The taillight design is borrowed from the F-Type and aligns with that of the I-Pace electric vehicle.
The interior is all new and more luxurious, with premium materials such as leather and veneers. It also expands the use of soft-touch materials (door trim, instrument panel, centre console, etc.), and has reworked all aspects of the cabin to enhance occupant convenience and comfort, and improve storage.
Centre to the interior upgrades is a reworked infotainment system and displays, including a 12.3-inch interactive instrument cluster borrowed from the I-Pace and a 10-inch Hi-Res touchscreen for controlling navigation, cabin temperature and music. The optional InControl Touch Pro Duo system adds a second screen below it. Rotary controls provide sensory feedback, so the driver doesn’t have to guess if they are doing something.
Wireless device charging and smart settings (which use AI to learn driver preferences and automatically adjust seats, mirrors and cabin temperature, among others) round out the technological advancements in the cabin, which also adds electric leather seats, a frameless rearview mirror that offers a wide-angle rear camera view as you’re backing the car up.
Power comes from one of two 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engines — the standard unit putting out 247-hp uses the standard 8-speed automatic to get power to the rear or all four wheels, and a 296-hp unit that is only available with AWD. Gears can be shifted via paddles or a new SportShift gear selector that replaces its predecessor’s rotary shifter.
And to heighten the driving excitement, standard JaguarDrive Control allows the driver to choose from four settings that oversee steering, throttle response and transmission — Comfort, Eco, Rain/Ice/Snow, and Dynamic.
The lightweight new XE comes with 18-inch wheels and updated signature graphics, and is available to order now.