The 2015 Jaguar XE has been spied testing around the company’s test facility at the Nurburgring race track in Germany. Codenamed X760, the ‘baby saloon’ will mark the British manufacturer’s re-entry into the entry-level luxury segment.
The heavy camouflage on the test mule lets out very few details about the car. The front of the car carried a rectangular grille with mesh inserts and slender headlights. The car also had a roof mounted spoiler, which was also seen in previous spy shots of the car. The Jaguar XE will be based on an all-new aluminium architecture called iQ[Al], which was first previewed in the C-X17 concept SUV.
The Jaguar XE will be offered with a host of engines including new family of diesel and petrol engines called Ingenium, as well as the 3.0-litre V6 from the Jaguar F-type. The car will be available in several variants ranging from an eco-friendly hybrid to a high performance version, capable of 300kmph. The XE will be available in both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions.
With the new XE, Jaguar is venturing into the entry-level luxury segment, currently dominated by Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The rest of Jaguar’s lineup has been selling quite well in the Indian market, though the numbers are relatively less as compared to the three German manufacturers. If the latest offerings from Jaguar- the XF, XJ and the F-type are anything to go by, we are sure the XE will turn out to be a really good car. But we will have to wait till the 2014 Paris Motor Show to see whether it will be good enough to match up to the A4, 3 Series, C-Class as well as the Volvo S60.