The Jaguar XE has been confirmed as the model name for the British luxury brand’s upcoming rival to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The XE, which European media had speculated would be called XS, will sit below the XF and XJ in Jaguar’s passenger car line-up when it goes on sale globally from mid 2015.
Jaguar decided against using aluminium construction for its XF large sedan that was launched in 2008 but will create the XE’s monoque from the metal for a segment first.
The Jaguar XE will be the most advanced and efficient competitor in the hugely competitive mid-size luxury car category. Jaguar has also announced Ingenium as the umbrella name for its new range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that will power various Jags – and Land Rovers – starting with the XE and will be built in the UK.
The in-line, transverse engines for rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications will deliver emissions as low as 100 grams of CO2 per kilometer and top speed performance as high as 300km/h plus.
Jaguar is rapidly expanding its portfolio beyond the XF, XJ and XK sports car. It launched the F-Type in 2013, and the XE is set to be followed by the companay’s first ever crossover, based on the C-X17 concept.