The spied test car wears low-profile tyres, features widely spaced twin central exhaust outlets, and appears to sport a boot lid lip spoiler beneath its camo wrap.
Jaguar has already confirmed the F-Type’s supercharged 3.0-litre V6 will find its way under the bonnet of the XE. It’s likely to be available with the same 250kW/450Nm and 280kW/460Nm outputs across both model lines.
The XE will also introduce Jaguar Land Rover’s new ‘Ingenium’ 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engine family, which will include a motor capable of launching the compact model to 300km/h, and another that emits less than 100 grams of CO
per kilometre, translating to diesel consumption of around 4.0 litres per 100km. It will be available in rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.
While Jaguar revealed the XE’s front-end styling earlier this year, the exact form the car will take remains unclear at this stage, with heavy cladding camouflaging much of its rear.
Jaguar design director Ian Callum told CarAdvice in 2012 the new compact model would not “look anything like an X-Type” – the brand’s most recent entry-level car that was discontinued in 2009 – and would also offer a point of difference to the “traditional three-box sedan” shape of rivals such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
With a heavily raked rear window and a short boot lid, the XE may feature a ‘liftback’-style tailgate similar to that of the Skoda Octavia.
All will be revealed in October when the Jaguar XE debuts at the 2014 Paris motor show. The compact model will go on sale globally by mid-2015, and should have a circa-$60,000 starting price in Australia.
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