We reveal how Jaguar's new compact saloon will take the fight to BMW, Mercedes and Audi when it launches next year

The upcoming Jaguar XE will use its new all-aluminium platform and a specially developed range of efficient engines to take on premium rivals when it launches next year.

After three years of hints and glimpses at heavily-disguised prototype models, Jaguar finally revealed the name of its BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class competitor at the Geneva motor show last week.

The XE, which will slot underneath the XF in Jaguar's line-up, is aimed at the booming global compact premium car market.

Likely to be priced from £29,000 to remain competitive, the XE will be adorned with a high-tech aluminium platform and a new range of efficient four-cylinder engines, currently being developed by Jaguar Land Rover and dubbed 'Ingenium'.

These are just some of the technical highlights of the new baby Jaguar.

Scalable platform

JLR's new iQ[Al] architecture has been at the core of the car's development. It's scalable, and design boss Ian Callum says it could be used for a wide range of vehicles in the future, likely including the C-X17 SUV and a longer XF replacement: "It it a hugely flexible architecture and we will make full use of it," he said "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.

Futureproofed design

The XE's platform is made from a mixture of pressed aluminium sheets, extrusions and castings joined with rivets and aerospace adhesives. Using rivets and adhesives to join the components means that other materials - such as carbonfibre - could be used on future versions.

Efficient engines

According to Jaguar, the 'Ingenium' range of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines use the most flexible engine architecture ever made by the firm. Described as being "a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low-emission four-cylinder petrol and diesel units",  the range is currently set to enter the pre-production phase at JLR's engine factory in the Midlands. 

Once built, the Ingenium engine family will allow the XE to travel at over 186mph with CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km on some models. High performance versions with around 400bhp are also planned.

Both the petrol and diesel Ingenium engines have also been designed to take a wide range 
of forced-induction set-ups, from single turbos to twin turbos and combined turbos and superchargers.

Advanced suspension

Jaguar flashed up an image of the XE’s front suspension at Geneva. It’s a sophisticated, lightweight aluminium double-wishbone arrangement that will also underpin the next XF.

Additional reporting by Darren Moss

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14 March 2014
Ok, enough is enough, I have stood up for Jaguar time and again because i really like the brand, and you, AUTOCAR are the ones that are giving it a tarnished name on your site........... You continue to rehash the same info, from one report to another, you do not have ANY technical details as Jaguar have given none, everyone already knows about Ingneium, the Aluminium chassis, suspension and floorpan, the alloy sheet work and family look, you are telling everyone nothing new, yet you put in a new report stating the same info as before................. And in that report, I stated that the price you have posted and reposted here, is incorrect, I have reliably been informed that a price of £25k is expected, yet a hopeful price of £22k-£23k would be preferable, and before anyone states the obvious, just because i am not working for a huge motoring magazine, does not mean i dont get told or hear stuff, after all, some manufacturers prefer to ignore the larger mags, in favour of online leaks etc............... There are many people on here that love to put the boot into Jaguar, but remember, they are not the ones doing these reports it is Autocar, jaguar have released no further details via official channels than everyone already knows............. SO, Autocar, STOP IT, its becoming very very boring.

14 March 2014
C'mon ol' chap, cut the Autocar website guys some slack. Every day they've got to fill the void with something vaguely interesting to read. I do agree about the re-hashing, though....but maybe we're just all getting a wee bit excited that for once in....well, more than a generation.....Jaguar will deliver a proper 'C segment' vehicle that some of us will buy over a 3-series. And surely, that has to be a motoring milestone of catastrophic proportions for our German cousins ?? If the F-type is anything to go, this time Jag might just pull it off and all motoring fans around the world can rejoice at having a genuine alternative to the German premium brands.....

BertoniBertone

14 March 2014
jonboy4969 wrote:
Ok, enough is enough, I have stood up for Jaguar time and again because i really like the brand, and you, AUTOCAR are the ones that are giving it a tarnished name on your site........... You continue to rehash the same info, from one report to another, you do not have ANY technical details as Jaguar have given none, everyone already knows about Ingneium, the Aluminium chassis, suspension and floorpan, the alloy sheet work and family look, you are telling everyone nothing new, yet you put in a new report stating the same info as before................. And in that report, I stated that the price you have posted and reposted here, is incorrect, I have reliably been informed that a price of £25k is expected, yet a hopeful price of £22k-£23k would be preferable, and before anyone states the obvious, just because i am not working for a huge motoring magazine, does not mean i dont get told or hear stuff, after all, some manufacturers prefer to ignore the larger mags, in favour of online leaks etc............... There are many people on here that love to put the boot into Jaguar, but remember, they are not the ones doing these reports it is Autocar, jaguar have released no further details via official channels than everyone already knows............. SO, Autocar, STOP IT, its becoming very very boring.
Ridiculous rants get very boring too. A British magazine talking about a new British product, what a terrible thing to do.

 

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14 March 2014
The intro reads 'how Jaguar will take the fight to BMW, M-B and Audi, and yet there isn't a single thing in the report to show how they will do that....just a load of rehashed Jaguar PR gumpf. Nothing new ...oh except the most unimaginative model name I have ever heard...wonder how long it took them to come up with that one! And before everyone jumps down my throat and says I am anti Jaguar...can I just say that despite the fact I would never buy a JLR product, I do want them to succeed. Indeed it is in my interests for them to succeed. I would like to see some of the Germanic smugness wiped off the big 3's faces- they have had it their own way for too long, which is unhealthy.

14 March 2014
The ongoing Jaguar articles may appear tiresome, but I for one am not complaining, particularly as they are about quite possibly the most important car in Jaguar's history, so what's wrong trying to stoke up some interest and make people aware of what is on the horizon, and perhaps prepare them for the fact that there will be a credible, even superior, alternative to the C-Class, 3-Series and A4? The fact that Autocar is publishing some details of the car suggests that the XE will easily kick the opposition into touch makes the prospect of opting for the Jagaur even more enticing, and when you consider the brilliance of Jaguar's other cars, this drip feed effect can only heighten the excitement and tempt people to Jaguar showrooms and purchase what will surely be a class leader by miles. Too many people for too long are buying mediocre German cars, it's time to start supporting other marques.

14 March 2014
Roadster wrote:
The ongoing Jaguar articles may appear tiresome, but I for one am not complaining, particularly as they are about quite possibly the most important car in Jaguar's history, so what's wrong trying to stoke up some interest and make people aware of what is on the horizon, and perhaps prepare them for the fact that there will be a credible, even superior, alternative to the C-Class, 3-Series and A4? The fact that Autocar is publishing some details of the car suggests that the XE will easily kick the opposition into touch makes the prospect of opting for the Jagaur even more enticing, and when you consider the brilliance of Jaguar's other cars, this drip feed effect can only heighten the excitement and tempt people to Jaguar showrooms and purchase what will surely be a class leader by miles. Too many people for too long are buying mediocre German cars, it's time to start supporting other marques.
I quite agree. And the fact that Jaguar is a British marque which is also producing absolutely brilliant cars means we should not have to think twice about being patriotic. Our lack of patritotism led to the downfall of many British marques.

14 March 2014
Calm down everyone! This is basically an article from the magazine posted on the website. Just because you read the website and keep up to date with it all, doesn't mean that everyone else does. Autocar are in the market to sell magazines, and this will interest many potential readers.

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10 years of Smart ownership over, sensible car mode activated

14 March 2014
The 3 German brands all have elements that I find desirable in a car, such as great engines, beautiful interiors, style etc but none of them put them all on to one car. So I'm really looking forward to Jaguar producing a decent car in this sector as they could make the best here. Going on recent efforts I wouldn't bet on them not succeeding.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

14 March 2014
The big question for me, as a potential buyer in a year or two's time, is: how much room is there inside? Will it be comparable to the current BMW 3 series, which has just the right amount of room inside, especially the rear seats? If it will, it will be more spacious than the XF, rendering that car pointless. So is the range going to continue to grow, space wise, or am I going to have to keep looking at foreign brands (I have a son who is getting bigger by the day and I don't hate him enough to force him to sit in the rear of an XF!).

17 March 2014
I'm with you there, Martin. What kind of neglectful, cruel and reckless parent would force their child to ride around in a Jaguar XF? Report them to the authorities.

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