A couple of teaser shots released by the automaker 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 material designed to fool onlookers.
Underpinning the XE will be a brand new aluminum platform code-named iQ[Al]. The platform has some commonality with the Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) found in latest Land Rover Range Rover models and was first previewed in Jaguar’s C-X17 crossover concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
2016 Jaguar XE prototype with clear bodywork
Powered by a range of Ingenium 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines (and diesels, too), as well as the V-6 engine from the F-Type, the XE should match the Germans and Americans in the sport sedan segment step-for-step—while wrapping the car in Jaguar’s archetypally attractive metal. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, though customers will be able to opt for all-wheel drive. The standard transmission, meanwhile, should be an eight-speed automatic.
Stay tuned for updates as development of the Jaguar XE sedan continues.