I am really excited about the prospects of the entry-level Jaguar XE since the departure of the X-Type, which I really liked, even though it was basically a Ford Mondeo with prodigious Coventry tuning and a better interior.
But, Jaguar will bring levels of innovation with its lightweight construction expertise and sophisticated chassis technology in addition to the new family of Ingenium engines – all designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK for the new Jaguar XE.
Built around an all-new, aluminum-intensive architecture, the Jaguar XE promises, according to the automaker, “thrilling performance, agile handling and precise, responsive steering, with outstanding levels of refinement.”
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, said, “Jaguar vehicles have always been renowned for a balance of precise handling and high-quality ride. The XE is the culmination of everything the company has learned over the years.
“The Integral Link rear suspension provides a combination of supple ride and crisp handling that is unmatched in this segment,” he continued. “We are on target to deliver a vehicle that dynamically outperforms our rivals. The Integral Link rear suspension delivers major benefits over conventional multi-link designs. By providing lateral and longitudinal stiffness, the Integral Link delivers sharp response and handling while retaining a refined, luxurious ride.
“Many components of the Integral Link suspension are made from forged or hollow-cast aluminum,” Cross explained further. “The front suspension is mounted to a subframe with cast aluminum suspension towers, the double wishbone of the front suspension on the XE delivers exceptional handling and road holding. The advanced design is based on the F-TYPE sports car. This design ensures the XE enjoys a similar level of agility and ‘connected’ steering feel. Like the rear suspension, components are made from cast and forged aluminum.”
Taking a page from Land Rover, the new Jaguar XE also will offer All Surface Progress Control. Even with the best traction control, rear-wheel drive cars can experience a sub-optimal start on very slippery surfaces. For that reason, Jaguar has developed All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). Developed from decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, ASPC can electronically modulate traction with greater precision than a human driver can achieve. The system works like a low-speed cruise control to improve forward progress under slippery conditions.
The Jaguar XE debut is supposed to take place Monday, Sept. 8 in London. We’ll keep you posted!