The Jaguar XE may have only gone on sale recently in Australia, but an update for the 2017 model year will see a new infotainment system added to the British luxury sedan.
The 2017 Jaguar XE range is due on sale in Australia from mid-2016, with the 10.2-inch InControl Touch Pro media unit to be offered as an option on all variants of the updated line-up.
Jaguar’s rival to the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class will remain fitted with the 8.0-inch unit as standard, while the 10.2-inch version – the largest central media screen in the segment – features a quad-core processor, a 60-gigabyte solid-state drive (quicker than a regular hard drive, and with 10GB for music), and according to the brand the use of ‘ultra-fast Ethernet’ means it will be up to five times faster than some rival systems.
Of course Bluetooth phone and audio streaming is standard, and there are two USB ports and a HDMI/MHL port, too. And for audiophiles and movie lovers, the CD/DVD slot remains.
Further, the XE will receive additional safety items including Lane Keep Assist (which can help subtly steer the car back into its lane if it starts to wander using the electric steering system) and Driver Condition Monitor, which is designed to ensure the drive doesn’t drowsy behind the wheel. It does so by keeping an eye on the driver’s steering wheel movements, acceleration and braking habits over time.
And finally, the XE borrows some driving goodies from the F-Type with the addition of the Configurable Dynamics, which can adjust the car’s throttle and gearbox behaviour as well as the Adaptive Dynamics variable damper system.
The 2017 Jaguar XE range will continue unchanged in terms of model offerings, though pricing and full specification levels are yet to be confirmed.