Less Chrome, Same Performance: Jaguar Reveals 2019 XE Landmark Edition

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Jaguar is offering a new appearance package for the XE, although it’s marketing it as a wholly unique trim. The new “Landmark Edition” retains all of the features you’d expect to see on the sport sedan, while adding a handful of visual upgrades that provide a sportier look without crossing into teenage-tuner territory.

The exterior features a unique sport front bumper and body-colored side sills. Jaguar also mentioned a trunk-mounted spoiler but it’s extremely difficult to distinguish any differences from the standard R-Sport. Meanwhile, side window surrounds, door mirror caps, and grille surrounds have been given the ever-popular black treatment. Although Jaguar appears to have done a more tasteful job with its de-chroming than some other European carmakers.

Other changes include special Landmark badging on the darkened side vents, that way people know you’re driving a special-edition model, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels that are unique to the vehicle. Additional badging populates the treadplates and interior, which is unchanged otherwise.

Standard features for the trim include a 10-inch touch screen with satellite navigation, adaptive xenon headlamps, and front and rear parking sensors. Emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning, lane assist, and adaptive cruise are also standard for the Landmark.

Despite the sporting looks, Jaguar said the special edition will stick with the sedan’s 2.0-liter Ingenium gas and diesel engines — which will come as either a 247-hp turbocharged inline-4 gas burner or a 180-hp turbocharged inline-4 diesel. No mention was made of the 35t trim’s beefed-up motor or the V6-equipped S trim.

Jaguar says it will be releasing additional details on 2019 XE Landmark Edition, including pricing and the full-range of specification, closer to the sedan’s launch date later this year.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Dividebytube Dividebytube on Apr 25, 2018

    I so wanted to like the XE - but holy cramped back seat. Which means I would have to get a XF. And I've been interested in them - depreciation is high enough that the supercharged 5.0L is within reach. But I'm afraid of getting to know the mechanic on a first name basis. And yes, Jaguar lost the thread with the new design language. There is an XE that I saw in a strip mall parking lot and at first I thought it was an old Chrysler 300M or something like that.

    • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Apr 25, 2018

      The XE back seat is awful except for little kids - literally, they need to be little. The XF redesign in 2016 fixed the prior gen's back seat issues. There's more room in the XF back seat than in the standard wheelbase XJ. Design wise, I was hoping Jag would figure out how to continue the ideas from the XJ. Instead they based design off the F-Type.

  • Cimarron typeR Cimarron typeR on Apr 25, 2018

    It's amazing that I haven't seen a single XE in my burb.More Giulias than I would expect.Jags biggest problem is they only have 1 SUV , theyre E pace or whatever the compact SUV is called will have to be a hit. Personally I'd rather have a Velar than F pace.

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    • Sckid213 Sckid213 on Apr 25, 2018

      I've seen a grand total of 2 XEs in my part of Los Angeles. Have seen many Giulias by comparison - one one just this morning on the drive to the office, in fact. I like the F-Pace, but think they dropped the ball on the E-Pace's front styling. It's goofy-bad, in a Kia Sportage way. I think the front will need an emergency re-fresh for it to be a solid hit the way the F-Pace has been. Also, Jag suffers from making their base models REALLY base. The F-Pace looks great in Sport trim, but awful in base trim.

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