A couple of teaser shotsreleased by Jaguar shows that the styling of the XE will borrow elements from the XF but also feature some sharper lines. The final design is said to be wide, low and very sporty. Don’t worry about the frumpy rear section on this prototype as most of it is added to mask the car’s true shape.
Underpinning the XE will be an all-aluminum platform code-named iQ[Al]. The platform has some commonality with the Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) found in the Land Rover Range Rover and was first previewed in Jaguar’s C-X17 crossover concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
2016 Jaguar XE prototype with clear bodyworkEnlarge Photo
Powered by a range of Ingenium 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines coming in both gasoline and diesel flavors, as well as the supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 from the F-Type, the XE should match the Germans and Americans in the sport sedan segment step-for-step. It's thought that the a V-6 variant is being tested here. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, though customers will be able to opt for all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed auto should be standard across the range.
A reveal of the new Jaguar XE may take place as early as the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. Unfortunately, Jaguar has confirmed that the car won’t reach U.S. showrooms until sometime in 2016.