Jaguar reveals tech for forthcoming BMW 3-series rival, including new interface and apps as well as laser head-up display
Mark Tisshaw
19 August 2014

The upcoming Jaguar XE, which will make its public debut at the Paris motor show in October, will be the first model from Jaguar Land Rover to get an all-new infotainment system called InControl.

Designed and developed from scratch, InControl is based around an 8-inch touchscreen interface, and includes full smartphone integration for both iOS and Android units, specially designed apps, and the ability to function as a Wifi hotspot for multiple devices.

Another new feature is the InControl Remote, which allows users to connect to the car remotely and pre-set the heating/cooling system, locate the car in a car park, unlock the car, or even start the engine. 

The InControl system also functions as a tracking device, displaying the vehicle's location should it be stolen.

An industry first for the XE is laser projection for the head-up display, which shows speed and navigation information.

Powered by engines from Jaguar's new Ingenium line-up, the XE will be available in three guises at launch – with the standard XE sitting alongside XE S and XER-S versions.

The XE will be revealed in London on 8 September, with sales due to start early next year.

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Our Verdict

Jaguar XE

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?

19 August 2014
That IP looks incredibly generic..and dated already. Man, why do I feel this car is gonna be more X type mk 2 rather than baby next gen XF.. :(

It may drive fantastic, but so far for me, everything we have seen of the exterior and now this interior is very, very underwhelming :|

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19 August 2014
InControl sounds all very nice as a system and set of features, I hope it'll be the standard spec, but I can't help thinking it's the optional extra, in which case, just what does the car come like as standard.

As for the dash structure, looks like a current gen Jag, doesn't look all that exciting. I'm sure rotating vents and lots of LED lights will add visual theater, but strip all that out and it looks as dull as a 3, A4, C-Class dash.

19 August 2014
twyford wrote:

InControl but strip all that out and it looks as dull as a 3, A4, C-Class dash.

True, it seems being dull is mandatory in the segment. Maybe everyone wants to play safe and not upset the apple cart!! So far it looks like Jag is doing the same.

19 August 2014
Why? This is not the way forwards. I wouldn't buy a car with one, unless it was an unnecessary addition to an iDrive-style system.

19 August 2014
Having suffered with a poor and very old-fashioned set-up for years I'd be surprised if Jaguar's new info system isn't cutting edge. They know they have to exceed class standards on every area if they aren't going to die a death with this key model. An old-fashion info system would be the kiss of death. My last Jag, an XKR, was like something out of the 90s. I can't remember who it is but sure I read that JLR has a deal with a leading tech company to get them on the pace. Not sure how anyone can comment on the interior an the strength of that image......

19 August 2014
The InControl system sounds good apart from the fact that there is a 3rd and growing mobile operating system out there used by Nokia and others , Windows. What are those smart phone users supposed to do?

A lot of the car manufacturers seem to forget about that one and may start alienating those smart phone users if they don't include the ability for them to connect to their cars, myself included ( and no I don't want an iPhone as they are not as physically robust a product as Nokia's).

Odd to be talking about phones in a car magazine blog

19 August 2014
I think all manufacturers who compete in the compact executive market tone down their offerings a little because there's so much at stake. BMW always plays it safe with its 3-Series as does Mercedes-Benz and their C-Class. Audi plays it safe with every model, so they're not a good example! I'm not saying Jaguar have done the same, especially because they're competing at the upper end of the class, but it wouldn't surprise me if the XE was less dramatic than the XF or XJ.

19 August 2014
Windows Phone share is sitting at 2.5% and is falling. It also tends to be mostly on cheaper hardware too. I don't think the average Windows Phone user is thinking of buying a new Jag. iPhone and the top 20% of Android are probably the only important demographic for Jaguar.

19 August 2014
Since acquiring Nokia, Microsoft is now the biggest producer of phones so it seems logical that their operating system can only go one way, that is onto all Nokia phones. iPhone sales are also dropping.

As I said odd to be discussing phones in autocar but it is a growing area of integration for the motor manufactures and an area that they need to get right, not just Jag, as they all concentrate on Apple, some Android and none Windows which is a growing platform, or Blackberry which is still a major phone platform issued to employees by companies (despite its problems) and therefore needs to be included.

The interface needs to be universal not exclusive. Maybe a common standard needs to be developed not dissimilar to Bluetooth.

19 August 2014
Juleshuffers wrote:

Since acquiring Nokia, Microsoft is now the biggest producer of phones so it seems logical that their operating system can only go one way, that is onto all Nokia phones. iPhone sales are also dropping.

As I said odd to be discussing phones in autocar but it is a growing area of integration for the motor manufactures and an area that they need to get right, not just Jag, as they all concentrate on Apple, some Android and none Windows which is a growing platform, or Blackberry which is still a major phone platform issued to employees by companies (despite its problems) and therefore needs to be included.

The interface needs to be universal not exclusive. Maybe a common standard needs to be developed not dissimilar to Bluetooth.

You're right a forward looking firm would look for a standard OS that covers all bases, or one that has the ability to interface with all existing OS.

On the point of BlackBerry, everyone forgets that they own QNX which is the software that underpins the computing, engine management, ICE etc in most cars anyway.

Got a current Audi? QNX. Ford? QNX. Fiat? QNX with Windows overlay. Bently? Mercedes? the list goes on.

I tend to take the 'computer tech' parts of articles like this with a pinch of salt as the detail tends to be far more complex than just it supports Android and iOS...

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