The 2017 Jaguar XE won’t arrive for sale in the U.S. until the spring of 2016, but today, Jaguar announced its specs in American trim.
Two variants will be available, with a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and one of three trim levels. The XE 20d gets its go from a 180-hp, 318-lb-ft 2.0-liter Ingenium aluminum-block diesel four-cylinder, and promises strong fuel economy. The XE 35t, on the other hand, focuses on performance, its 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque (think F-Type V6 S), 155 mph top speed, and 4.9-second 0-60 mph times.
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Both the XE 20d and XE 35t offer an eight-speed, paddle-shift automatic transmission, a lighter version of the ZF eight-speed used in other Jaguars. The usual rotary shifter control will also be in place in the center console.
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The inside of the 2017 XE also got some attention in the latest information release. An all-new Jaguar InControl infotainment system is offered, controlled through an eight-inch capacitive touchscreen display (think iPhone) that claims an intuitive interface and quick response times.
Bluetooth audio streaming, USB connectivity, SD-card-based navigation with voice control, InControl Apps smartphone connectivity, remote system access through InControl Remote, and a choice of two Meridian audio systems—including the top-line 825-watt, 14-speaker surround sound system.
Pricing details and trim specifications will be released closer to next year’s on-sale date.