Roomier XE is destined for Asia and will give rear passengers more leg room and extra back seat tech

The Jaguar XEL, a long-wheelbase version of the XE compact executive saloon, has been spotted testing in Britain ahead of its market launch in China.

The XEL has now been revealed. Click here for the story.

The new saloon will be around 120mm longer than the regular XE in order to offer more space in the back and appeal to Chinese demand for chauffeur-driven models.

Slotting beneath the larger XFL and XJL, which also target China, the XEL will add rear entertainment including screens and controls for the car’s infotainment.

There could also be an optional massage function, four-way lumbar adjustment and window blinds, as seen on the XFL and XJL.

As shown by the development car, there will be no major changes to the car’s design aside from the extended body.

Due to its longer structure, the heavier XEL is likely to forgo the less powerful engines used by the regular XE, which gets turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines with up to 247bhp.

Autocar contacted Jaguar for comment on the model, but the company refrained from confirming its arrival. Nevertheless, the sighting of this development car suggests it could be launched this year.

The Shanghai motor show, which takes place next month, is a possible venue for the car’s debut. Like the other long-wheelbase models, the XEL will almost certainly not be sold in Britain, but it could be offered in other markets outside China.

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Jaguar's first attempt at a compact exec saloon is good - very good. But can the XE hold off the BMW 3 Series and Alfa Romeo Guilia to retain its crown?

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27 March 2017
...although it would be handy where I park my car on the sea front under the seagulls.....
Steam cars are due a revival.

27 March 2017
I'd like to see them sell these models in the U.K. Personally I feel both the XE and XF are slightly too small

27 March 2017
TStag wrote:

I'd like to see them sell these models in the U.K. Personally I feel both the XE and XF are slightly too small

I've always thought Jaguars were too tight. They opt for huge front seats that robs the rears. They need to lead the class in space for the passengers.

27 March 2017
The XE neeeds to get rid of its nasty interior which actually looks cheaper and less interesting than a Skoda Octavia that costs half the price AND it needs a real gear lever.

27 March 2017
zippy2 wrote:

The XE needs a real gear lever.

If you mean the sort that comes with a clutch pedal, i couldnt agree more, especially if connected to the 6 pot

28 March 2017
zippy2 wrote:

The XE neeeds to get rid of its nasty interior which actually looks cheaper and less interesting than a Skoda Octavia that costs half the price AND it needs a real gear lever.

My XE has a gear lever.

Happy motoring

28 March 2017
zippy2 wrote:

The XE needs to get rid of its nasty interior

The XE interior, by general consensus, is the XE's weakest link. And yet Jaguar likes it enough to reproduce it on the XF as well as the F-pace ... I wonder how many customers Jaguar has lost because of its - I'll say it, disastrous - interior design.

jer

27 March 2017
But isn't a long wheel base XE an XF?

28 March 2017
"lumber" adjustment? Is that so that you can change the seat to suit the quantity of logs you are carrying?

It's "lumbar".......

Dictionary?

28 March 2017
Paul73 wrote:

"lumber" adjustment? Is that so that you can change the seat to suit the quantity of logs you are carrying?

It's "lumbar".......

Dictionary?

lol

Happy motoring

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