Jaguar XE S : new sports variant revealed

The face of the sporty Jaguar XE S has been quietly revealed in the latest teaser for the new premium mid-size model.
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Identified by the ‘S’ badge in the lower left-hand corner of the car’s grille, the XE S also features large lower front-side air intakes with vertical black louvres on their outer edges.

The British car maker made no mention of the XE S in the accompanying press release, however, focusing instead on its ‘Feel XE’ marketing campaign, in which Jaguar will collaborate with figures from the worlds of music, film and design including Emeli Sandé (pictured), Stella McCartney and Idris Elba.

As such, no details of the Jaguar XE S have been announced, leaving its performance credentials still very much a mystery.

The supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine from the F-Type sports car – already confirmed for the XE – is the most obvious fit for the S variant.

The engine produces 250kW and 450Nm in the entry-level F-Type, and 280kW and 460Nm in the hotter F-Type V6 S.

At those levels, the Jaguar XE S would form close competition for the 245kW/440Nm 3.0-litre supercharged V6 Audi S4, as well as the BMW 335i (225kW/400Nm 3.0-litre turbo six) and the new Mercedes-Benz C400 (245kW/480Nm twin-turbo 3.0-litre six).

Jaguar announced yesterday the XE would be the only car in its class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque, with the lightweight metal accounting for 75 per cent of the car’s structure. The advanced structure is expected to make the XE lighter than its direct rivals, enhancing its performance ability and helping to make it “a true driver’s car”, according to the brand.

The Jaguar XE will make its international debut in London on September 8 before going on sale globally in 2015.