By on September 8, 2014

Jaguar XE World Premier

Despite all the hype around the Jaguar XE and its new lineup of ultra-efficient 4-cylinder engines, Jaguar has chosen to reveal their new 3-Series fighter with only the most sporting trim level.

Revealed today in London, the XE-S packs the base F-Type’s 340 horsepower supercharged 3.0L V6. 60 mph will come up in 4.9 seconds, and power is sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Aside from that, details were scant.

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65 Comments on “Jaguar XE Revealed...”


  • avatar
    robc123

    These marketing monkeys & design department should really be fired. The reveal was some sort of musical?

    All that great tech, aluminum body and packaged in such a boring generic 4 door-
    not cat like at all.

    If Jag thinks this is competition to the 3 series…. I hope they have a prescription for what they are smoking.

    So disappointed in the headline why would you wait till 2016 for this? why not just buy a Camry and after 2 yrs drive it into the river? At least this way its less depreciation.

    Or buy a Lincoln or Buick with the money left over from the hip replacement surgery?

    Rant !%**FLUG([email protected]*

  • avatar
    jaybird124

    interior looks really cheap

    • 0 avatar
      odeen

      As much as touchscreens are reviled around these parts, the huge buttons around the screen make it look tiny (and, therefore, cheap). VW could get away with that on the Golf, but any non-exotic car that costs more than a Chrysler 200 should have a nicer infotainment system than a Chrysler 200.

    • 0 avatar
      daver277

      Perhaps, but in 4 years you will be able to brag about getting it for 20¢ on the dollar…..

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Oh yay their brand new car looks like their brand new XF – in 2008. And the interior is ridiculous in that red/black combo. Blech.

    Very low taste level here. And I’m picking up a lot of Pontiac G8 in the sides.

    • 0 avatar
      King of Eldorado

      I’m a little disappointed in the generic 2014 sedan look except for the front view, which is generic 2008 Jaguar, as you say. I realize that interior color is a personal taste, but I also don’t care for the red and black combo. For some reason, car makers seem to like to use it in their promos. Google Image “2015 C-Class interior” and “2015 S-Class interior” for examples. Also, I wonder if that glass roof opens? I really liked the one on the LR Evoque until I found out it didn’t open.

      I really wanted to like this, so I’ll wait for the driver reviews before passing my final judgment.

    • 0 avatar
      bosozoku

      Agreed on the G8 lines. My first impression that Jaguar must have headhunted some of Holden’s design team.

    • 0 avatar
      robc123

      You are totally right. hit the cat on the head it does look like a G8.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    Interior looks very sporty. Much more performance orientated than I expected. That’s a good thing!

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff Weimer

      But not very…Jaguar.

      Instrument cluster looks too much like a Cruze or Verano.

      • 0 avatar
        SlowMyke

        And BMW’s are all bloated pigs whored out to every market niche possible, more and more fwd. No make has true heritage anymore.

        Jag has a fairly cohesive design language across the board right now. Their performance is pretty damn good and reliability has never been better. As far as luxury marks go, you can’t really ask for much more. Sure enthusiasts like the past, but the people who buy luxury don’t give a damn so there’s not much you can do about it. Besides, there’s not a ton of stupid fake vents and led strips everywhere so I’m happy they didn’t chase every design trend of the moment. The design should hold up a while.

  • avatar
    PriusV16

    Nice design, although its profile is strongly reminiscent of the BMW 3-series four-door version (too much so?)

    Some of the plastics in the interior looks a tad cheap (especially on the doors).

    But all in all, I like it. I bet they’ll sell a ton of it, and have a high conquest rate from other brands.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Good proportions, boring but not offensive details. I think it it drives well and has reliability as good as the Germans’ (cough) it will do fine.

  • avatar
    genuineleather

    Yippee, a shrunken version of a seven-year-old design with an Audi tail grafted on. Would love to see the conversation that directed that:

    “You know that dated, segment-irrelevant car we field? Let’s make it look just like it, but smaller!”

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    M’eh, needs more coupe. Do any of you see an E90 in there?

    My overall thoughts:

    There needs to be a Jaguar entry in the segment, but it needs to be a Jag, not a warmed over BMW E90.

    The same platform would be better served up as coupe and CUV hatchback. Jaguar as an exotic/boutique brand should not emulate the stupidity of three sedans on three separate platforms.

    If the idea is to drop the DEW98 XF and replace it with this, bravo you’re going to disenfranchise people who don’t want/can’t have XJ but cannot fit themselves/children/family into a tiny XE sedan. This leaves single people as your audience since we all know old folks are issued CUVs through AARP. I am a single person of means, I don’t want a tiny sedan from Jaguar simply because I can get one from *every OEM* out there. I’ll shop F-type either new or new-used if I’m buying a Jag.

    Oh and if this thing is intended for Eastern audiences, you’d better be coming with length because 3inches of legroom isn’t going to fly.

  • avatar
    John

    Jaguar Dart?

  • avatar
    RHD

    If it didn’t have the badges on it, what brand would you guess it was?
    It could easily be a BMW, a Hyundai or a Ford.
    I wouldn’t even guess Jaguar unless it were painged British Racing Green.
    There must be some sort of automotive law that somehow makes all cars trend toward looking identical.

  • avatar
    George B

    It looks ok to me, but it’s sort of a generic small RWD sedan shape. Would be possible to sell the same car under different brands simply by grafting the appropriate corporate front fascia onto the rest of the car. Would be funny for someone with Photoshop and some spare time to graft a BMW, Lexus, Audi, Mazda, Acura, Ford, Chevrolet, etc. face on the XE. Almost any grill could blend with the rest of the design.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Another hail mary pass into the sidelines. Can someone explain why anyone would buy this over any of the established names in this segment? Also taking bets for how little less this will weigh than an XF, aluminum and all. Just like the F-Type and the XK. What a waste. 10-15 years too late with no redeeming qualities. No car has ever been a success by being an overpriced unfinished carbon copy of a benchmark… word to Cadillac…..

  • avatar
    Tstag

    I think Jag have nailed this. It seems to me that Jag have produced a car that’s perfectly positioned. Unlike the X type which was all over the place in design and off trend. If this car is as fast as I think it will be then it could even be a class leader. Sure you may not like the rear lights and you may argue the interior isn’t Jaguar enough. But then there’s plenty I dislike about the 3 series and the C class. So I think this is a winner

    • 0 avatar
      mr_min

      Interesting the negative comments, kind of like the Cruze comments a few years ago, and we know what happened there… :)
      I agree with Tstag, I think Jag have positioned this well, they are not chasing the bottom end which Mercedes & Audi have moved to chase. Based on the reviews and comments on the F-type they are making driving more exciting, unlike BMW, which is a good thing.
      So even though I’m cynical about luxury branding and what this offers for a A-B drive over a Kia, I for one hope they have market success because maybe the Germans will wake up and return to their roots…

  • avatar

    I like plenty about it and want it to be good because the 3-series, C-class, A4 are all getting so boring and predictable and morphing to the same position (what happened to the ultimate driving machine?). This does look like a Ford Modeo with a Hoffmeister kink though. I agree with others it doesn’t scream Jag. Not sure it is enough to stop me buying an RS4

  • avatar
    cargogh

    The X-Type looks pretty fresh now. I think I see what Mr. Callum has done here.

  • avatar
    omer333

    Meh.

    Rather keep my Dart, or if said car was non-existing, get a Mazda6.

    Sure it’s front-wheel drive, but IT LOOKS LIKE THE SAME CAR.

  • avatar
    300zx_guy

    I see that I’m in the minority here, but I really like it. Is it drop dead gorgeous? No. Does it break any new ground in style? Not really. Is it disappointing to see another SSDL (same sausage different length) effort? Yes. But what is there is handsomely detailed, I can’t find an awkward line or design element anywhere (and that is very rare for me). The inside is much of the same. They borrow elements from their other cars, but not a carbon copy of any of them, and the overall design is clean and contemporary. There’s nothing about the car that is trendy in a way that will date the car, so I think that it will age well. For someone looking for a car in this segment that doesn’t want a me-too BMW, Audi or M-B, I could see how this could be an appealing choice. Of course, the details like how it drives, rear legroom (the rear doors look very short) and the quality of the interior materials remain to be seen, but I’m optimistic.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      Its not a bad design nor is it a bad car IMO… it’s just such a tired, played out concept. It would be like showing up to Halloween in a Steve Irwin costume in 2014. There’s no reason to buy this over the competition… only cars in Jag’s lineup worth checking out are the XJ and the F-Type, because they separate themselves from the pack.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I agree.

      • 0 avatar
        300zx_guy

        I’m not sure what you are saying is played out, the design language? This is still a relatively new look for Jaguar. BMW has been rocking the same look for its sedans, with evolutionary changes, for decades. Audi hasn’t come up with a new template for a sedan since the first A4 in the nineties. All they do now is refine the shape of the oversized grill and the taillamps and call it a day. MB is somewhat more adventurous with the body lines, their identity is tied up mostly in their logo and grill, which lately has become one and the same. There should be no surprise Jag would make their entry model a 7/8 scale version of their volume model (modest volume though it may be). The reason to buy this over the competition is because it isn’t those other cars (there are many who don’t want what everyone else has), and (hopefully) it is a good and desirable car on its own merits. Then in a decade, when (if) Jaguar is more popular, the buyers can say “I drove a Jag before they were trendy”.

        • 0 avatar
          sportyaccordy

          No, the design is fine. It’s the whole, ‘3 series fighter’ concept that is played out. Even the 3 series itself is moving away from that, because it’s an outdated and irrelevant concept. Cars in this segment should be fun to drive, and for the most part they are… but to make an entry into this segment worth talking about, you have to do much more/better than a 3 series with a different badge.

    • 0 avatar
      odeen

      Well, if you are looking for one awkward line, it has that lobotomy-scar hood cutline. Having the hood go all the way across the headlights and around the top of the grill would have made for one less visible (and ugly) seam. It would have also allowed the power bulge on the hood to continue all the way to the grill.

      Also, note that the wheel design is directional, but not mirrored for left and right sides. So, the same design that makes the wheels appear to spin forward on the driver’s side makes them spin backwards on the passenger side. Lame, either make non-directional wheels, or left and right wheel sets.

      • 0 avatar
        300zx_guy

        I’ve given up on complaining about hood cut lines because everyone’s doing it now, and I assume there’s reason for it, but you are correct, it would look better if they didn’t have to resort to that. It usually looks better if at least they follow the contour of the grill, which they didn’t do here. And I also agree on directional wheels (my 300zx has proper mirrored design directional wheels), I didn’t pick up on that. They are nice looking wheels, however, and the problem is easily fixed by choosing a different wheel design, so it is not a demerit I count against the car’s overall design.

    • 0 avatar
      juicy sushi

      I think it would look a lot better if they’d gone for a more pronounced notchback look, rather than the faux-fastback. Judging by the interior photos it would have given a lot more interior room too.

      I get that the fastback is fashionable now, but in a way, it doesn’t fit with the rest of the car’s rounded-rectangle shapes.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    Honestly, I’d rather have an XF. I can get a V8 and a nicer interior.

    Seriously Jaguar, Red interiors died in the 1980s. Don’t disturb the Native American Cemetery…

  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    I really wanted to like this. BMW has opened an opportunity for someone to build a better 3-series. From the outside, I think this could be a better looking car, but no stick, no sale.

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    Uh… I’d like one McJag and two strawberry shakes, please.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    I don’t understand all the grousing about this car. It is, after all, an entry-level premium 4dr sedan. What does everyone expect it to look like, a spaceship? This is a seriously conservative market, which is why all these cars are sold in shades of gray. It has the current Jaguar design language. I think it is considerably better looking than the Germans.

    The inevitable wagon version that we will never get in the US will be a stunner.

    • 0 avatar
      300zx_guy

      oooh, it makes me so angry, the wagons that we don’t get in the US. The new C-class wagon looks niiiice, the new Mazda6 wagon is another real looker, and if Jag’s own XF wagon is any indication, the XE wagon would also be quite lovely. Seriously, can’t those in charge of CAFE rules just declare any vehicle that can hold a certain sized box in its cargo area counts as a truck, so we can do away with this nonsense where jacked up wagons count as trucks but ordinary wagons don’t? If this farce wasn’t laid bare by the Legacy wagon being a car while the Outback wagon qualified as a truck, what is it going to take? Personally, I think the US manufacturers don’t want to compete against the foreign manufacturers that already have wagon designs for their home markets anyhow. The way it is now, those brands don’t bring their wagons here, and the US brands don’t have to use their resources to create another model, market another model, and the dealers don’t have to stock another model. And they get better margins on the “trucks”, to boot! Its great for the car companies, lousy for the consumers.

      • 0 avatar
        odeen

        Or just define a “truck” as longitudinal engine, RWD or RWD-biased 4WD, body on frame, exposed cargo bed, and must be available with a 2-seat cab.

        Thus, if it shares a platform with a passenger car, it’s never classified as a truck. If you can’t get it in a version that carries 2 people or fewer, it’s not a truck. SUV version with no cargo bed — also not a truck.

        Suddenly, SUV’s are no longer trucks, and we get wagons again.

    • 0 avatar
      odeen

      Seriously conservative market prefers less rear windshield and more trunk lid, though.

  • avatar

    But on the plus side, you could simply reframe Buick’s campaign with disappointed affections of “THAT’S a Jag…??”

  • avatar
    baconator

    The styling reminds me of the late, great Pontiac G8. Not a bad thing, aesthetically, but certainly not as distinctive as Jags historically have been.

    Tesla stole so much of the Model S
    from Ian Callum’s styling work at Aston – I was hoping he would steal some Tesla design cues back for the XE.

    • 0 avatar
      odeen

      The last distinctive 4-door Jaguar was the X350 and X358 XJ. In 2009, the XJ still looked like it was related to the Series 1 from 40 years prior.

      The X351 XJ looks like a weird hatchback with a melted decklid, discolored D-pillars, and tiny nonsensical tail lights. The XF just struck me as what a nice modern Buick should look like — there’s just little to make it look Jaguar-y.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    Looks like a Buick Regal or Chrysler 200 and my guess a host of other cars. Not particularly moved by it, looks nice enough I guess. The interior is not that great. It will probably sell decently I guess, maybe not as well as they might like though.

  • avatar
    V6

    i’d be interested to know the measurements, it seems quite truncated and from the picture of it being airlifted (not shown here) it has quite a large front overhang and looks a bit unbalanced with the short rear overhand for a RWD car. the rear lights are awful, they needed to be thinner/squintier like the F-Type

  • avatar
    mjz

    Good looking but not ground breaking. A pastiche of various current designs. Jags should have oval grilles, not rectangular. Where the f*ck is the wood trim in the interior? That’s a major element of Jag DNA.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Not a trace of Jaguar exclusivity. It makes me think of an Optima with a Jaguar-ish face grafted on. It doesn’t strike me as better looking or any more luxurious than a Mazda 6 or a 200. If it sold for the same price I’d still take an AWD 200 and do without the 45hp.

  • avatar
    300zx_guy

    this appears to be a sport trim, and Jag is following the trend of using other materials than wood. I guess wood isn’t as sporty as aluminum or carbon fiber? I expect other trims to be available with wood.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    I think it looks great. If I can get the big engine with a few options priced a little under the 335i (say, $45-48k) I’d be all over it. If it’s going to be a little over (more like $60k) then don’t even bother, Jag. It’s much more interesting than the top-line TLX I was thinking about in a few years, anyways.

  • avatar
    seanx37

    These will be very popular on $399 lease deals in about 6 months.

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