It’s possible that you might find the XE underwhelming to look at. Clearly, Jaguar has not used the same magic markers with which it penned the Project 7 or even regular F-Type.
Underneath, though, it has been far more intrepid. The XE is the first Jaguar to use the iQ platform, an all-new piece of modular architecture that underpins cars as diverse as the XF and Range Rover Evoque.
Aluminium, JLR’s go-to material, accounts for 75 percent of the body weight in the XE, with most of the rest being the high-strength steel found in the doors, boot and rear underbody (for better weight distribution) and in the B-pillars as a reinforcing element.
Use of the alloy makes the platform slightly lighter than that of its rivals, but overall the car is not – a fact partly attributable to Jaguar’s insistence that it uses not only front double wishbones in the XE but also its 'integral link' rear suspension in place of a conventional multi-link setup.