Jaguar's compact saloon will go on sale next year for around £29,000, powered by the firm's new range of 'Ingenium' four-cylinder engines

Jaguar has returned to the Nürburgring with the upcoming XE for more performance tests, as the model enters the final stage of its development journey.

The XE will go on sale in the middle of next year, following its world debut at the Paris motor show in October. Destined to sit beneath the XF in Jaguar's line-up, prices for the XE are likely to start at around £29,000. 

The final design of the XE is already known, with the car's styling not straying too far from the look of today's Jaguar range, but featuring a more restrained and upmarket look.

The XE will be the first car in its segment to use an aluminium monocoque, and Jaguar says it is "set to be the most advanced, efficient and refined sports sedan in its class". The XE is the first product spawned from Jaguar's new architecture, which was showcased in the C-X17 SUV concept.

Jaguar has also confirmed the XE will be powered by 2.0-litre versions from JLR's new family of four-cylinder engines. The engine range will be called Ingenium and built at JLR's new engine plant in Wolverhampton. The engines will offer the flexibility to introduce models capable of 186mph as well as those with CO2 emissions below 100g/km. The engine family has been designed to work in transverse and longitudinal configurations and will enable the option to choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. 

The XE will also be available with the same supercharged V6 engine from the F-type. The engine prouces 335bhp and 325lb ft of torque in the F-type convertible.

Autocar understands that the XE has a particularly sophisticated aluminium suspension set-up that is intended to help the car out-handle the BMW 3-series and finally make Jaguar a contender in the mainstream premium car market by way of its driving dynamics.

Jaguar boss Adrian Hallmark told Autocar that the key attributes of the 3-series rival must be that it is better to drive, feature more advanced technology and have a more alluring design than any of its rivals.

“The key has been getting the F-type at the heart of our range,” said Hallmark. “It stands for everything Jaguar is about and is utterly distinctive. It is the purest expression of what all our cars should be about. Now we must apply that strategy to forthcoming cars, including the baby saloon. The headlines of that car must be innovative technology, the most desirable design and a driving sensation that makes the car feel more alive than anything the opposition has to offer.”

“We have a view on how we can differentiate ourselves from them, and we believe that at the end of the scale Jaguar will sell in, which is traditionally the higher price point of the market, we can win customers by being distinctive, by avoiding being aloof and by standing for something that is just a little bit different.”

The Jaguar XE is expected to evolve into a full line-up of body styles, including an estate, coupé and convertible.

Additional reporting by Darren Moss, 20 May 2014

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2 March 2014
Its always difficult to get an idea of scale from these types of pictures, but I have a feeling this car looks much smaller than the 3 series or new C-class. Obviously that would play a part in making the car more agile, but also like Mercedes decision to fit the C-class with a smaller fuel tank it could give the car a big CO2 advantage to help pull JLRs average emissions down. I hate how this class of car has got more bloated so I hope this is the case. There have been various rumours that a smaller Jag hatch would be supermini size, which I thought was odd, but if this car ends up being closer to the A3 saloon and forthcoming 2 series saloon in size then it would make sense that a smaller Jaguar hatch would be so much smaller.

2 March 2014
When you consider the excellence of Jaguar's current cars and how well resolved they are, particularly when it comes handling and ride, you just know that this will be the best car in its class, and with consummate ease too. This car will give the 3 Series, C Class, A4 and every other rival a battering and it'll be hard to see how they'll get close to the Jag when those cars are facelifted or replaced. And what the Jag will also bring to the class are great looks, sophistication, style and desirability, something not seen since perhaps the Alfa 159 and the X-Type before that. It'll also be refreshing to see a more than competitive car in this class from a British marque. I just hope that we lose our, often, misguided lover affair with the German rivals and start choosing a car based on merit, style and excellence, basically, this new Jag. A car we will be able to be proud of.

2 March 2014
Saucerer wrote:
When you consider the excellence of Jaguar's current cars and how well resolved they are, particularly when it comes handling and ride, you just know that this will be the best car in its class, and with consummate ease too.
LOL!

2 March 2014
Motormouths wrote:
Saucerer wrote:
When you consider the excellence of Jaguar's current cars and how well resolved they are, particularly when it comes handling and ride, you just know that this will be the best car in its class, and with consummate ease too.
LOL!
Haha, well considering they need to drastically improve the ride and the build quality of the XF, I really doubt that his will be class leading. It will probably beat the A4 hands down (which is replaced next year), ride better than the BMW and handle better than the Mercedes (without air suspension). Neither XF or XJ have space in the back for a 6 foot plus person. This will be even tighter I suspect. And at 'starting at £30,000', it is £4,000 more than the equivalent Mercedes.

2 March 2014
Saucerer wrote:
When you consider the excellence of Jaguar's current cars and how well resolved they are, particularly when it comes handling and ride, you just know that this will be the best car in its class, and with consummate ease too. This car will give the 3 Series, C Class, A4 and every other rival a battering and it'll be hard to see how they'll get close to the Jag when those cars are facelifted or replaced. And what the Jag will also bring to the class are great looks, sophistication, style and desirability, something not seen since perhaps the Alfa 159 and the X-Type before that. It'll also be refreshing to see a more than competitive car in this class from a British marque. I just hope that we lose our, often, misguided lover affair with the German rivals and start choosing a car based on merit, style and excellence, basically, this new Jag. A car we will be able to be proud of.
hahaha there is two of you working in local midlands jaguar dealership? The xtype bought another rover 75 to the market? So it bought elbow patches, tweed and everything an alfa 159 wasn't apart from poorly conceived and badly put together. If they can get rid of the past British Stereotype then it may have chance. But we know the market will still be very guided by the germans. Love them or hate them they are masters of the segment. Still they may take sales from Lexus.

4 March 2014
You would do well to reduce your Kool-Aid consumption - there's no positive purpose served by being delusional about Jaguars, which have been off the pace for decades eg poor rear accommodation (just like the Evoque) and boot space have been the hallmarks of Jaguars for far too long. I hope the XE turns out well for Jaguar, however to imagine that it will blow the German offerings in this class into the weeds calls for a reality check - the German trio didn't get where they are in terms of sales by resting on their laurels and their financial performance has provided the necessary resources to invest in a continuum of new product developments - an area where Jaguar has long been hamstrung, and hence appalling models like the X-type have been let loose on the public. If the XE doesn't match the new C-class for accommodations and boot space, it will have no appeal for me whatsoever, irrespective of what other advantages it may have.

4 March 2014
There might be a bit of patriotic fan fare blowing on here but were not delusional Groats. Having owned countless German Brands and seen them dominate this sector, it would be a refreshing change to see a British marque trading punches with them. Let's not kid ourselves that Jag will get this right out of the box but they do have the potential to do it. Too many years shackled by lack of investment and using other brands hand me down chassis and components stopped any challenge dead in its tracks to take on the Germans. However over the last 7 years massive strides have taken place in JLR. Tata has rightly concentrated on Range Rover being the lead premium brand and that was the right call. It dominates it's sector and it's profits to sales are better than any other brand period. This now means Jag has the substantial funds to finally compete with Germany. Everything from the ground up is new. The engineers and designers are world class and Mr Speth has a rather decent CV with 20 years service with BMW. Obviously accommodation and boot space rule your life. I'd prefer a great drive, economy, quality, reliability and comfort. However I will wait and see the end product before making any judgement.

2 March 2014
No doubt you have already spent considerable time with the new Jaguar, driving finished versions (18 months ahead of Jaguar themselves, which is some achievement I must say) and that has formed the basis of your sweeping judgements? If not, then could it be the case that you are simply a fantasist with a prejudice against German cars? In any case, JLR will no doubt be relieved that Walter Mitty is now on board.

2 March 2014
What a laugh, it looks almost like an A4/A5.

2 March 2014
Surely the worry is not if the car will be any good, JLR seem pretty good at getting the basics right these days, the issue will be price. JLR appear to think their cars can carry a higher cost that their obvious rivals, but it will have to be very good to get away with that in this sector, where lease rates rule.

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