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Jaguar sets sights on 3 Series/C-Class with XE


IT’S about time that Jaguar pitted a challenger against the other premium sedan makers. Think what the 3 Series, C-Class and A4 models have done for their respective brands and you’ll see that it’s essential as a premium car maker to have a contender within this hotly contested segment.

The Jaguar XE goes on sale in 2015. Much like the rest of the Jaguar range, this model is looking to take the fight straight to the Germans and other premium vehicle manufacturers.

The focus with this vehicle was to save weight and Jaguar’s made extensive use of aluminium with its new modular vehicle architecture, making it the lightest, stiffest and most aerodynamic Jaguar saloon ever built.

The aluminium-intensive Jaguar XE is manufactured at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant in an all-new, purpose-built facility. Part of a R27-billion investment, this highly flexible, state-of-the-art manufacturing site will create 1 700 jobs.

The XE model will include an efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesels – part of Jaguar’s all-new Ingenium engine family – provide fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as low as 3.77 litres/100km and 99g/km with an output of 120kW/380Nm.

Topping the range will be the Jaguar XE S with its supercharged 3.0-litre V6 generating 250kW/450Nm, linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, making it good for a sub-5-second 0-100km/h time and a top speed of 250km/h. The S model’s large front air intakes, chrome side vents, rear spoiler and large alloy wheels, distinguish it from the rest of the range.


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