Jaguar’s baby saloon the XE is under test in several locations, meanwhile an automotive publication has come up with details on the upcoming car. According to the report, the XE will use an all-new platform and new engines when it is launched next year.
The XE will be underpinned by a high-tech aluminium platform called the iQ[AI] architecture. A new range of efficient four-cylinder engines, currently being developed by Jaguar Land Rover, dubbed 'Ingenium' will power the car.
The all-new platform has been one of the highlights of the new car and this is what design chief Ian Callum says,"It it a hugely flexible architecture and we will make full use of it, as there's no point in just doing one car". The architecture means the XE could be available in both rear and all-wheel-drive forms.
The XE's chassis is made from pressed aluminium sheets and castings joined with rivets and aerospace adhesives. It could be used for a wide range of vehicles in the future, including the C-X17 SUV (concept vehicle shown at the Auto Expo) and a longer version for the XF replacement says the report.
Jaguar says the 'Ingenium' range of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines is among of the most advanced engines the company has ever made. It is described as"a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low-emission four-cylinder petrol and diesel units.”
The Ingenium engine family is designed to run in a wide range of setups, from the standard fare of single turbo to being capable of running a twin turbo, combined turbos and superchargers as well.
The engine will be capable of powering the XE to travel at over 186mph (299 kmph) with lesser CO2 emissions of 100g/km on certain models. The high performance versions which produce around 400bhp are also planned.
The Jaguar XE will find its place under the XF sedan and will rival the German trio of BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A4. The entry-level sedan from Jaguar is likely to be priced from £29,000 (Rs 29.4 lakh).
Expect the Jaguar XE to be launched within six months of its global launch next year. This car will not only serve in strengthening Jaguar’s market stand further, but also help in adding more customers under the brand umbrella. It is also likely that the car may be assembled in India in the future to keep the cost low.
Source: Autocar Uk