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Jaguar's MY2016 XE gets a host of technology upgrades, including a more advanced infotainment system and all-wheel drive for the first time
Darren Moss
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2 mins read
18 November 2015

The Jaguar XE has been updated for the 2016 model year and will now be offered with the option of all-wheel drive, as well as Jaguar's advanced InControl Touch Pro infotainment system.

The all-wheel drive system, which will be available initially with the 178bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, is capable of sending torque to the front wheels on demand, making the XE "a true all-weather sports saloon,” according to Jaguar.

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The same system - which uses a transfer case with a multi-plate wet clutch and a chain drive to the front propshaft - is already in use on the XF and will also feature on the upcoming F-Pace SUV. The system is only available on XEs equipped with Jaguar's eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new AWD system works with Jaguar's Intelligent Driving Dynamics software. First seen on the F-Type AWD last year, the system can use data from the XE's sensors to continuously change the axles it sends torque to.

All-wheel-drive versions of the XE also get the option of Adaptive Surface Response (AdSR), which replaces the current Rain, Ice and Snow driving modes. The AdSR system works at any speed, automatically adjusting the throttle, transmission and stability control systems to suit surface conditions. Drivers can also tailor the car's throttle response, transmission and adaptive dynamics systems with Jaguar's Configurable Dynamics.

Meanwhile, there's a new, larger infotainment system, dubbed InControl Touch Pro. The system, which replaces the standard 8.0in touchscreen interface with a larger 10.2in display, is already available on the larger XF. It features sharper graphics and more functionality than the standard InControl system.

The InControl Touch Pro system uses a 60gb solid-state drive for storage and features a customisable home screen, multi-windowed display modes and a dead-reckoning system that uses the car's location and heading to determine navigation data even when the GPS signal is lost. The system also functions as a wi-fi hotspot, allowing up to eight devices to be connected at any time.

Other new features include an adaptive speed limiter that can increase or decrease the speed of the car automatically depending on the speed limit, while a new Lane Keeping Assist feature provides minor adjustments to the car's steering to keep it in lane. A driver monitoring function is also new.

Jaguar has also revealed an app for the Apple Watch, allowing owners to check their car's fuel level, location and climate control settings remotely, as well as remote starting the engine.

The MY2016 Jaguar XE is available to order now, with first deliveries planned for early next year. Prices start at £26,990.

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Citytiger 22 November 2015

Lets be totally honest, with

Lets be totally honest, with the rise of larger and lager info screens, I am surprised more manufacturers are not fitting DVD or even Bluray players as standard, that way you can still listen to your favourite CD collection, and also watch a film should the need or time arise.
winniethewoo 23 November 2015

Citytiger wrote: Lets be

Citytiger wrote:

Lets be totally honest, with the rise of larger and lager info screens, I am surprised more manufacturers are not fitting DVD or even Bluray players as standard, that way you can still listen to your favourite CD collection, and also watch a film should the need or time arise.

Here we go again... OMG who watches DVDs in 2015? Lol, DVDs make more sense in a car though, given the sort of data requirements of video. When 5G mobile networks start coming out in 2018-2020 even they won't be necessary. For music, only someone stuck in the 90's would bother with CD's in a car.

winniethewoo 21 November 2015

For the technologically challenged.

Similarly in the car, if you connect your smartphone or tablet to the infotainment system by bluetooth or an AUX cable, practically every song on the planet will be available for immediate streaming. The Jag system should be able to do this without a phone. You will just be able to say, "play Yellow Submarine by the Beetles" or whatever and the car will play it. You can create playlists, mixes and albums on the smartphone, tablet or car. With this sort of convenience and power why on earth would anyone bother with a CD?
gigglebug 22 November 2015

winniethewoo wrote: Similarly

winniethewoo wrote:

Similarly in the car, if you connect your smartphone or tablet to the infotainment system by bluetooth or an AUX cable, practically every song on the planet will be available for immediate streaming. The Jag system should be able to do this without a phone. You will just be able to say, "play Yellow Submarine by the Beetles" or whatever and the car will play it. You can create playlists, mixes and albums on the smartphone, tablet or car. With this sort of convenience and power why on earth would anyone bother with a CD?

Because the people buying the cars will be likely to have a CD collection already as they aren't 19 so why not cater for that fact? It really is the simplest of concepts, the ability to give the consumer as much choice as possible WinniethelowIQ but it appears to have been too complicated for you to grasp for some reason. Say's it all doesn't it!!

winniethewoo 21 November 2015

The Jag Incontrol Touch Pro as 2x USB ports.

Mercedes, BMW, VW and Audi also have standard CD slots in their infotainment systems. That's really surprising. Only Tesla have the balls to be upto date. Just who is it that is listening to these CD's? I just don't know anyone who does. Even my mom took one look at Spotify, then got a bluetooth speaker and has never listen to her CD's again. Why would anyone bother with a CD collection when you can click two or three times on a tablet or smartphone, neigh, just request it with speech and get up literally every song you could ever think of?
gigglebug 21 November 2015

Could you really be this stupid or do you just play for effect?

winniethewoo wrote:

Mercedes, BMW, VW and Audi also have standard CD slots in their infotainment systems. That's really surprising. Only Tesla have the balls to be upto date. Just who is it that is listening to these CD's? I just don't know anyone who does. Even my mom took one look at Spotify, then got a bluetooth speaker and has never listen to her CD's again. Why would anyone bother with a CD collection when you can click two or three times on a tablet or smartphone, neigh, just request it with speech and get up literally every song you could ever think of?

The average age of people buying brand new premium cars globally is still high (even in the break from the norm China it's still well into the high 30's and they are at least 10 years below countries like America) meaning that they will nearly all have grown up through the beginning and growth of the digital age thus meaning that they are likely to already have accumulated a collection of disc's along the way with any other form of medium since. Why not cater for this along with the other formats available?? A CD player will add an insignificant cost to a premium car and take up negligible room in the dash. Just because the only people you know are you and your mum shouldn't mean you should take what you do as representative of the rest of humanity

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