We recently learned about the car’s available Ingenium four-cylinder engines, and that it will be based on Jaguar Land Rover’s all-aluminum iQ[Al] platform. Now we have details on the XE’s advanced suspension and chassis technology.
Jaguar boasts that its XE will be a true sports sedan with class-leading dynamics and refinement thanks to front suspension based on the design used in the F-Type sports car, a new integral link rear suspension, electric power steering and a new rear-wheel-drive traction system dubbed All Surface Progress Control.
The XE’s front suspension consists of double wishbones mounted to a subframe with cast aluminum suspension towers. At the rear is the integral link setup as opposed to a conventional multi-link design. The integral link was chosen for its excellent lateral and longitudinal stiffness. At both ends, many components are made from cast and forged aluminum and some are produced using a patented process designed to make them light and stiff.
In the steering department, the XE will be Jaguar’s first model to feature electric power steering. Not only will the system help save fuel, but specific software algorithms allows it to offer variable steering damping, ease of low-speed maneuvering and the ability to connect with sport and safety systems programmable by the driver. Yes, Jaguar says the XE will eventually offer a new Jaguar Drive Control system to adjust performance metrics as well as active safety features and driver aids such as lane keep assist and parking aids.
The last tidbit of info announced today is Jaguar’s new All Surface Progress Control system. This is designed to enable smooth launches on slippery surfaces when only the rear wheels are spinning (the XE will be rear-wheel drive as standard and available with all-wheel drive). Jaguar says the system works like a low-speed cruise control to deliver optimum traction without skidding and without the driver even needing to use the pedals.
While the new Jaguar XE is slated to go on sale in Europe early next year, Jaguar has confirmed that the first examples won’t reach U.S. showrooms until 2016. For more details, including spy shots and a video of some XE prototypes, click here.