• Image Credit: Jaguar
  • Image Credit: Jaguar
  • Image Credit: Jaguar
  • Image Credit: Jaguar
  • Image Credit: Jaguar
  • Image Credit: Jaguar
Jaguar is committed to emerging from the fringes of the luxury car market and into the mainstream. Just take a look at where it was a couple of decades ago and where it is now: In the 1980s, it had essentially two product lines, the XJ sedan and XJ-S coupe/convertible), and now it's got the XK coupe and convertible, the XJ sedan, the XF sedan and wagon and the F-Type coupe and roadster. But it's not about to stop there.

Coventry knows that if it's going to take on the German and Japanese heavyweights, it's going to need a compact sports sedan, and it's not about to repeat the mistake that was the X-Type. To that end, it's long been rumored to be developing a rival to the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class – it just hasn't given us much to go on. But that changes right here and now.

At the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar has confirmed the imminent arrival of its new sports sedan, and along with the teaser image above, has given us some juicy details. For one, it'll be called the XE – fitting nicely alongside its big brothers the XF and XJ in Jaguar's growing sedan lineup. For another, it'll hit markets overseas in 2015 and arrive here in the United States in 2016.

The XE is being built around the new aluminum architecture that debuted underneath the C-X17 crossover concept last year, and it will – as Jaguar has now confirmed – be powered by a new generation of engines. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is being called Ingenium, and will be configurable for use in both transverse and in-line orientations, driving either the rear wheels or all four, and burning either gasoline or diesel.

It all sounds rather promising, and we're looking forward to seeing Jaguar do its best to deliver on that promise. If the new F-Type is anything to go on, it should deliver in spades. In the meantime, you can scope out the details in the press release below.

UPDATE: Jaguar has released a short teaser video that you can watch by scrolling below, and there's a new gallery of XE-related images to click through, too.



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JAGUAR XE CONFIRMED AS NAME FOR COMPACT SPORTS SEDAN WITH All-NEW 'INGENIUM' ENGINE FAMILY AND ADVANCED ALUMINUM CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

- The Jaguar XE will be an all-new compact premium sports sedan that will arrive in the United States in 2016
- This sedan will expand the Jaguar lineup to reach a new generation of automotive enthusiasts and luxury buyers
- The Jaguar XE will be an advanced, efficient and refined design featuring an aluminum intensive unibody
- This will be the first Jaguar product built on the company's new advanced aluminum architecture
- The Jaguar XE will be the first vehicle powered by the new Ingenium high-output, fuel-efficient two-liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines delivering exceptional performance and low emissions
- The Ingenium family of engines will be built at a new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Facility in the United Kingdom


(MAHWAH, N.J.) – March 4, 2014 – Today, Jaguar confirmed details of the brand's all-new compact sport sedan, the Jaguar XE which will launch globally in 2015 and comes to the United States in 2016. The Jaguar XE will be the first product built on the new advanced aluminum architecture which was showcased in the C-X17 concept car in 2013. This aluminum intensive structure provides the benefits of lightness and strength for exceptional handling, performance, refinement and efficiency.

Power will be provided by a variety of engines with a wide range of capacities and output, all delivering inspirational performance and offering the latest innovations in fuel-efficient technologies. The new Ingenium engine line will also offer a flexible engine architecture that can be configured to suit in-line and transverse installations and can be used in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.

Speaking at the Geneva Auto Show, Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, confirmed: "We announced just a few weeks ago that our new Engine Manufacturing Center would produce a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low emission four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units. The first of our Ingenium engine range will be used in our all-new compact Jaguar sports sedan. That car will be called the Jaguar XE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year."

Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: "The new Jaguar XE is every bit a modern Jaguar car; more compact in size but visually striking. Customers will expect a great deal from a compact Jaguar car - it must be practical but premium. We never forget we are designing a Jaguar car and that means it must be as exciting to look at and drive as it is brilliant to run and practical to own. We believe we've done just that with the Jaguar XE."

"The all-new Jaguar XE compact sport sedan will bring Jaguar into the largest segment of the luxury car market with a dynamic new entry that will challenge the status quo of luxury car brands," said Jeff Curry, Brand Vice President of Jaguar North America. "Jaguar is charting an exciting new path with the recent launch of the Jaguar F-TYPE and the introduction of the Jaguar XE, which completes our sedan line-up. We offer a more exclusive, distinct choice in the luxury car marketplace combining progressive British design, a high performance character and advanced aluminum technology."

The name of the Jaguar XE follows the brand's sedan progression, positioned alongside the XF and XJ sedans in the range.

For the full year 2013, Jaguar delivered its strongest full year global sales performance since 2005 retailing 76,668 vehicles, up 42%.


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      NightFlight
      • 11 Months Ago
      I think this should have been their priority over the F-Type. This can't come soon enough for Jaguar, and I am sure it will be great...
      J.A. Smith
      • 11 Months Ago
      I love the new Jags so much, I bought an F-Type. And, when I got it -- only a couple months ago -- I had the only one around. But now there are at least 3 others in my neighborhood, and an XF and an XK. So, Jag's doing pretty good business out here, at least. And when you compare them to old Jags, it's like a completely different company. It's hard to believe the F-Type and the S-Type were made by the same company.
        Jameskey
        • 11 Months Ago
        @J.A. Smith
        It is not really the same company, Ford did OK for Jag, but Tata is bringing it to a whole new level.
      milton_perriwinkle
      • 11 Months Ago
      Very nice looking! Though I have to admit, I thought the X-Type was good-looking too.
        Jameskey
        • 11 Months Ago
        @milton_perriwinkle
        Agreed, the X-Type 3.0 Sport when it came out was hot! AWD, Manual great seats! I don't care how it is remembered now.
          Krondor
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jameskey
          I still have an X-Type and it's been a great car. Mine's a manual though so maybe I dodged a bullet there.
      Ken Mam
      • 11 Months Ago
      Lately, Jaguar is putting out some really nice cars such as the F. But also they suffer from massive depreciation only after a few years. Only a fool would buy a brand new Jag to only see his car is worth half it's value in a few years. I just wait and buy a slightly used Jag and save the extra $$
        Teleny411
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam
        Me too. With reliability up, and less complicated electronics used Jag is the smart move. I keep waiting for 07 XK to get under 20k and replace my xk8.
      Houston Guy
      • 11 Months Ago
      The grill is still ugly. Its a grill for under the bumper not above it. Jag should go back to a proper grill for their sedans. As it is, it looks like that Afghanistani girl that got her nose cut off.
      Caarz
      • 11 Months Ago
      Probably just me but XE sounds like a trim level from Nissan or something lol
        SquareFour
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Caarz
        I was thinking the same thing. Pretty sure there's a Camry XE...Jag probably needs to tweak the naming scheme a bit.
        cpmanx
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Caarz
        More rationally, it would be called an XC (since it is a c-class car, competing with the Mercedes C-Class), but that sounds a lot like a Volvo wagon...or any of a number of off-road wannabes. So...XE. OK. But the successor to the XK should have a naming convention like the F-Type, so sedans and coupes are separate. Maybe it will become the K-Type?
        me
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Caarz
        I thought It was supposed to be the XS, that would've been much better
      mikeam91
      • 11 Months Ago
      Its not coming until 2016 and it already looks dated. The front looks just like the XF has for years now. In another two years that styling will be even more boring. Where is the evolution Jag? The XF and apparently now the XE need the F-Type styling treatment.
        domingorobusto
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mikeam91
        I disagree. I saw an XFR out and about at night a few weeks back, and it's still a very striking car in motion. It attracted my interest far more than other luxury cars have. My friend had to point out to me that we passed a new S-class the other day, but I noticed the Jag from a mile out. The XE looks like a very nice interpretation of that design language, and I believe that design language is one of the best looking on the market.
      dave and mary
      • 11 Months Ago
      It takes many years to develop a reputation in the auto industry. And many years to wipe it clean if it's a negative one. Jaguar is known for overweight, clunky, soft suspension cars. And there's a market for that type of car. I just wonder if the consumer will stop at a Jag dealer as he/she is considering a 3 series.
        jessesrq
        • 11 Months Ago
        @dave and mary
        I will. I like my F30 328i, but not so much that I will restrict my search to the BMW dealer come lease end. And from what we see of the F-type, clunky and soft are no longer Jaguar descriptors.
        The Wasp
        • 11 Months Ago
        @dave and mary
        I actually think Jaguar's reputation from the 60s is evidently pretty strong and still lingers, in spite of what happened in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and early 00s.
      m_roberts43
      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh gosh, another cookie cutter, Audi looking product. Can't tell what it is unless you are looking at the badge. For all the trash talking of X types and S types, those cars where recognizable from miles away. I guess people like garbage as long as it's novel garbage
        domingorobusto
        • 11 Months Ago
        @m_roberts43
        ? I can identify an XF from miles away. I find it to be a very distinct car. The XJ even more so.
          Teleny411
          • 11 Months Ago
          @domingorobusto
          I do think those cars were more distinctive. They even sold well. Problem was Ford didn't know where to go next (and smX-Types horrible Jatco transmissions) and a lot of problems with early s-types.
      SethG
      • 11 Months Ago
      Since Ingenium can be mounted transverse or inline and there are no transverse configurations elsewhere in the Jaguar lineup I guess we can assume the XE will have a transverse engine.
        SquareFour
        • 11 Months Ago
        @SethG
        The engine will probably be available in future LRs and Jag CUVs too. Think Freelander. They probably also have a subcompact of some sort planned as well.
        ctsmith1066
        • 11 Months Ago
        @SethG
        That certainly seems to be a possibility, but my guess is that it will be mounted inline in the XE, but transversely in some other future offerings. Maybe they're considering a subcompact.
          domingorobusto
          • 11 Months Ago
          @ctsmith1066
          This is where my mind went. To really fight the 3 series and C class, it really needs to be a longitudinally mounted RWD chassis, and this is where Jag excels anyway. I agree, them saying that the engine is transversely configurable sounds like a strong hint that there may be a FWD subcompact in the future. Or that their planning a small mid-engine roadster like the 4C?
        JeremyW
        • 11 Months Ago
        @SethG
        CAR magazine last month reported that the XE engine will be mounted inline and send drive to the rear wheels, via a six-speed Getrag manual or eight-speed ZF auto. The new engine will be used in other Jaguar and Land Rover cars, hence the need to adapt to both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations.
      Avinash Machado
      • 11 Months Ago
      Quite nice.
      b.rn
      • 11 Months Ago
      Fancy video that relays no information.
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