The 2016 Jaguar XE is anything but a secret, but that’s not stopping Jaguar from claiming to be “keeping the XE under wraps” while showing off a prototype clad in clear bodywork.

Though the transparent panels do obscure the overall look of the car, its basic proportions come through. Paired with the previous preview rendering of the car, it’s easy to get a good feel for Britain’s upcoming BMW 3-Series fighter.

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Set to slot into the Jaguar lineup below the XF, the XE will be the first model built on the company’s new all-aluminum iQ[Al] architecture. 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.

Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions of the XE are expected, as well, but we’ll have to wait for the car’s official debut to find out all the details.


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