Jaguar XE

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Jaguar XE
Jaguar XE 20t R-Sport – Frontansicht, 21. Februar 2016, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover
Production 13 April 2015–present
Assembly Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Castle Bromwich Assembly, Castle Vale, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Designer Ian Callum
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout FR layout
F4 layout
Platform Jaguar iQ[Al]
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,835 mm (111.6 in)
Length 4,672 mm (183.9 in)
Width 1,850 mm (72.8 in)
Height 1,416 mm (55.7 in)
Kerb weight 1,474 kg (3,250 lb) - 1,665 kg (3,671 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Jaguar X-Type
Jaguar XE
Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium engine

The Jaguar XE (codename X760)[1] is a compact executive car manufactured and marketed as a Jaguar and launched at the October 2014 Paris Auto Show, with production having begun in April 2015.[2][3]

Available in rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations and designed by Ian Callum, the XE is noted for its aluminum suspension componentry as well as its bonded and riveted aluminium monocoque structure — the first in its segment.[4][5]

Overview[edit]

The vehicle was announced, but not displayed, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.[2] It had its world première on 8 September 2014 in London.[6][7] Sales were expected to begin globally in 2015, followed by the United States in 2016.[8] Production formally commenced on 13 April 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant.[3]

Engines[edit]

The XE is powered by the new Jaguar Land Rover 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine range called Ingenium,[9] and the new Jaguar 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine used by the F-Type.[10][11] The V6 engines features in higher performance variants.[11]

The Ingenium 2.0-litre engine family will come on both petrol and diesel variants and in a range of different power outputs. The 2.0-litre diesel producing 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) plays a part in reducing the overall averaged fuel consumption and carbon emission figures of new Jaguars, being capable of beating the 25 km/L (4.0 L/100 km; 59 mpg‑US) barrier, and producing CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.[12][13] The cleanest models in Britain will have Vehicle Excise Duty charged at £0 per year.[5]

Jaguar's Special Operations division will prepare a high performance variant to compete with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Audi RS 4, the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. This model will use the Jaguar AJ-V8 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, developing 500 PS (370 kW; 490 hp).[14]

Model Displacement Cylinders Transmission Power Torque Emissions CO2 Top speed Acceleration 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) Note
2.0 L diesel (XE 20d 163 PS) Manual 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) 4 6-speed manual 161 bhp (120 kW; 163 PS) 280 lb⋅ft (380 N⋅m) 99 g/km 132 mph (212 km/h) 8.4 s XE SE, Prestige, Portfolio, R-sport
2.0 L diesel (XE 20d 163 PS) automatic 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) 4 8-speed auto 161 bhp (120 kW; 163 PS) 280 lb⋅ft (380 N⋅m) 104 g/km 132 mph (212 km/h) 8.2 s XE SE, Prestige, Portfolio, R-sport
2.0 L diesel (XE 20d 180 PS) 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) 4 6-speed manual / 8-speed auto 178 bhp (133 kW; 180 PS) 318 lb⋅ft (431 N⋅m) 109 g/km 140 mph (225 km/h) 7.7 s XE Prestige, Portfolio, R-sport
2.0 L petrol (XE 20t 200 PS) 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) 4 8-speed auto 197 bhp (147 kW; 200 PS) 236 lb⋅ft (320 N⋅m) 179 g/km 147 mph (237 km/h) 7.7 s XE SE, Prestige, Portfolio, R-sport
2.0 L petrol (XE 25t 240 PS) 1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) 4 8-speed auto 237 bhp (177 kW; 240 PS) 251 lb⋅ft (340 N⋅m) 179 g/km 155 mph (249 km/h) 6.8 s XE Prestige, Portfolio, R-sport
3.0 L petrol (XE 35t 340 PS) 2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 8-speed auto 335 bhp (250 kW; 340 PS) 332 lb⋅ft (450 N⋅m) 194 g/km 155 mph (249 km/h) 4.5 s 2015-2017 (American Model)
3.0 L petrol (XE S 380 PS) 2,995 cc (182.8 cu in) V6 8-speed auto 375 bhp (280 kW; 380 PS) 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) 194 g/km 155 mph (249 km/h) 5.0 s[15] 2018- (American Model) / 2017- (Europe Model)
5.0 L petrol (XE SV Project 8) 5,000 cc (310 cu in) V8 8-speed auto 592 bhp (441 kW; 600 PS) 700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft) 254 g/km 200 mph (322 km/h) 3.3 s[16] 2018- (limited 300 cars)

Transmission[edit]

The XE was initially produced as a rear-wheel drive car, but the Jaguar iQ[Al] modular architecture is capable of accommodating an all-wheel drive (AWD) system and AWD versions of the XE were launched in November 2015,[17] allowing the XE to compete with Audi Quattro, BMW xDrive and Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC models.[18]

All XE models are equipped with a ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic transmission,[19] a lighter variant of the gearbox currently fitted to other Jaguar models and the competing BMW 3 Series.[13] A six-speed ZF manual gearbox is available on diesel models.[6][18]

Expertise developed for Jaguar's sister brand, Land Rover has been used in the development of a traction control system called All Surface Progress Control, developed from the Terrain Response system fitted to Land Rover's range of off-road vehicles. This system allows for better traction in snow and ice, conditions traditionally regarded as challenging for rear-wheel drive cars.[6][13][18]

Exterior[edit]

Ian Callum was responsible for the exterior design of the vehicle.[18] The construction features bonded and riveted aluminium construction, with the front and rear crash structure and key body panels being bolted on to simplify repair times and decrease insurance costs.[20][21] The bonnet is of the pop-up type to provide additional protection in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.[13][22]

The exterior design achieves a drag co-efficient of 0.26, comparable to that of the BMW 3 Series. The most feature additional drag reduction measures, such as air vents which open and close when needed to further reduce drag.[13]

Platform[edit]

Jaguar XE structure

The XE is the first built on Jaguar Land Rover's iQ[Al] modular platform, which will be used for the second generation XF model, the Jaguar F-Pace sports utility vehicle (previewed as the Jaguar C-X17) and the new Range Rover Velar which is positioned between the Evoque and the Sport.[23] The design features double wishbone suspension at the front, with similarities to the system fitted to the XF and F-Type models, the rear features an entirely new subframe mounted multi-link suspension system, named by Jaguar as Integral Link. This system is a more costly combination to manufacture but allows for greater tuning to provide a good balance between handling and ride quality.[13]

The major suspension components are manufactured from aluminium to reduce the unsprung mass, the overall mass of the vehicle and to increase the stiffness of the suspension system.[18] There are sacrificial slipping fixings fitted within the suspension systems to prevent expensive major components from suffering damage in the event of kerb strikes.[21] Aluminium forged control arms FUCA, Tension and Lateral arms come from Taiwanese company, Alfot Technologies Co., Ltd. To create the 50:50 weight balance Jaguar have located the battery in the boot, this takes up the space where a spare wheel would normally sit. They have also made the rear boot floor and trunk lid out of steel to perfect the weight distribution.[24]

Three different sizes of brake discs will be fitted, depending on the vehicle's configuration, and the brake calipers will be of a single-piston type.[6]

A power steering system is fitted and the XE comes with a choice of four different road wheel sizes.[13] There will, initially, be a choice of eight alloy wheel designs.[6]

Safety[edit]

Jaguar expected the XE to obtain a five star Euro NCAP safety rating which was proven in 2015.[25] The design features several safety features now mandatory to be considered for a five star rating, including the Advanced Emergency Braking System (pre-crash system).[13]

Euro NCAP 2015 XE[26] Score
Overall: 5/5 stars
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 82%
Pedestrian: 81%
Safety Assist: 82%

Interior[edit]

XE S Interior

The interior for the Jaguar XE features several existing Jaguar design cues, including the rotary gear selector which rises when the car is started. The central console features an 8 inches (20 cm) touch screen (10.2 inch optional) allowing access to in car entertainment, satellite navigation and vehicle settings. The XE features smartphone connectivity and some models allow the owner to control the vehicle remotely, pre-heating the interior or unlocking the car using a smartphone application.[13][18]

A laser colour head-up display is an available option, projecting speed and navigation instructions onto the windscreen in front of the driver.

Security[edit]

The XE was tested by Thatcham's New Vehicle Security Ratings (NVSR) organisation and achieved the following ratings:

Saloon Rating
Theft of car: 5/5 stars
Theft from car: 4/5 stars

Worldwide Sales[edit]

Year Sales
2015 23,621
2016 44,095
Total 67,716

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Production[edit]

The XE is the first Jaguar to be built at the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Solihull, which will be dedicated to the manufacture of aluminium vehicles - both Jaguar and Land Rover branded. The XE will be manufactured on the same production line as the second generation aluminium Range Rover Sport.[22] Due to high demand for the vehicle, production capacity was increased by adding an XE production line to the Castle Bromwich plant.[28] Production was due to transfer completely to Castle Bromwich in 2017 as part of a £100m refit.[28]

Production of the XE is expected to also commence in China during 2015, alongside the Range Rover Evoque.[29]

The Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines[10] used in Jaguar XE is built at their Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton.

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