2015 Jaguar XE: aluminium body RWD challenger for 3-Series, C-Class, A4

Jaguar has confirmed that its upcoming challenger to the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Lexus IS, Cadillac ATS and Infiniti Q50 will be christened XE.

This squashes the earlier rumour that the new car would be given the unfortunate XS moniker.

The new XE will be the first Jaguar in this category since the ill-fated X-Type. The X-Type was derided for being based on the front-wheel drive Mondeo (both front- and all-wheel drive models were sold). It also suffered from having an awkward XJ-style body that wasn’t particularly roomy.

By comparison the new XE will be the first model to sit on Jaguar’s new rear- and all-wheel drive aluminium body architecture that was first previewed by the C-X17 SUV. According to Jaguar, the company’s architecture will spawn models with both transverse and longitudinal engines, hit top speeds in excess of 300km/h and feature economical drivetrains that emit less than 100g/km of CO2.

Jaguar will unveil the 2015 XE late in 2014, with sales due to start in the middle of 2015. The XE will be the first all aluminium car in its class.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]