Mid-size Jaguar XE ready to take on German domination

BRITISH BEAUTY:Jaguar’s new XE sedan will take the fight to the German luxury rivals.
BRITISH BEAUTY:Jaguar’s new XE sedan will take the fight to the German luxury rivals. Contributed

New Jaguar XE revealed in London to take on the German-dominated mid-size luxury market

THE Brits are coming and they're aiming their sights at German domination.


Audi, BMW and Mercedes practically own the mid-sized luxury segment with their A4, 3 Series and C-Class offerings, but here comes the "baby" Jag to offer a compelling Union Jack-waving alternative.

Unveiled in London this week, the new Jaguar XE has both the good looks of its XF big brother and specification required to get buyers through Jag's showroom doors.

The performance-orientated XE S was the car chosen for the reveal, boasting a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 good for 250kW and 450Nm to propel the Jag to 100kmh in 5.1-seconds and on to a limited 250kmh.

Making extensive use of aluminium for weight saving, the XE is history's lightest and stiffest Jaguar saloon, and with a drag coefficient of 0.26 it is also the slippiest Jaguar ever made.

The full range of engines is yet to be disclosed, but at launch Jaguar also confirmed a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel good for 120kW and 380Nm that sups just 3.8-litres/100km.

Coupe-esque styling for Jag's new XE
Coupe-esque styling for Jag's new XE

The first XE models will be of driver-orientated rear-wheel-drive configuration, while a paddle-shift eight-speed automatic is likely to be the only cog swapping option in Australia, despite a six-speed manual being announced in London.

Drawing on the successful design language penned by Jaguar's Director of Design, Ian Callum, the XE takes plenty of styling cues from Jag's larger XF sedan.

It has a coupe-like profile and strongly-sculpted bonnet for a muscular appearance, while its signature J-blade running lights are a recognisable Jaguar design element, with the form of the rear quarters also being inspired by the beautiful F-Type Coupe.

The 2015 Jaguar XE
The 2015 Jaguar XE

For classic Jaguar enthusiasts, there's a nod to the iconic E-Type with a horizontal line intersecting a roundel in the rear lights.

Full details on the entire XE range will be announced at the Paris Motorshow next month.

The UK starting price of £27,000 is similar to the UK's Mercedes C-Class tag, so we can expect to see the XE retail in the low $60,000s in Australia when it's launched next year.

The 2015 Jaguar XE
The 2015 Jaguar XE

Topics:  british future models jaguar luxury motoring sedan

Ferry return to service delayed

No Caption

Service will not resume as expected

This weekend's Northern Rivers markets list

TRADITIONAL: The Lismore Carboot Market has been operating for three decades.

Where to get fresh coffee and great local produce from

Local Partners

‘I have slept with 100 people’

MANY of us would be coy about revealing how many sexual partners we’ve had. It’s unlikely we’d attempt to track them down again.

Pregnant Erin Molan hospitalised

Erin Molan has been announced as the new host of the Footy Show. Picture: Jonathan Ng

She collapsed, hitting her head on the ground

Botched jump led to years of hell

Hilary Judith nearly died in a skydiving accident. But that was only the start of the trauma.

Her body was reliving the accident, over and over again

Return to sender

HEAR THE ECHO: The Mountain Story is a metaphor for life in general.

Like a voice echoes in the mountains, in life we get what we give

Tough love day care


Nothing quite like a headbutt in modern child raising

Don't just dream about it

RELAX: Create an inviting place to retire to at night with a comfortable mattress and quality bedding.

Make your bed a place where dreams are made

Turn over a new leaf

Cordyline leaves background

Turn over a new leaf