- Enhanced exterior, all-new luxurious interior
- Advanced diode head- and tail-lights
- ClearSight rear-view mirror/camera
PRETORIA, Gauteng – The coming Jaguar XE will arrive in South Africa in the second half of 2019 with an enhanced exterior design, all-new luxurious interior, and advanced technologies.
An updated exterior design,the automaker says, will give the XE a more purposeful and assertive stance, having built on the proportions of the original car, but, Jaguar SA says, its ”sporting intent has been taken up a level, with contemporary design cues inspired by the F-Type sport car.
”Once in showrooms,” Jaguar SA told The Corner, ”you’ll notice that the cars are wider and lower than their predecessors; front apertures are larger, and advanced aerodynamics have been applied.
”There are new all-diode headlights with striking ‘J’ blade daytime illumination; the rear will have a redesigned bumper and more diode lights.”
R-Dynamic spec units will have extra exterior design elements, among them aircraft winglets-inspired sculpted surfaces, dark mesh detailing to the rear valance, and a variety of wheel-rim styles.
The cabin will include sport-style seats with contrast stitching, a chromed gearshifter and ‘R-Dynamic’ tread plates.
The all-new interior has made extensive use of soft-touch material, premium veneers. New door trim is said to have improved usability and practicality.
Jaguar again: ”The luxurious and technology-packed interior delivers more comfort, quality and connectivity for all occupants. Every aspect of the cabin has been enhanced for convenience, stowage and comfort.”
The influence of Jaguar’s flagship two-seat sport car is also said to be evident as both the SportShift gear selector and JaguarDrive Control switch shared with the F-Type are on the revised centre console.
SMART AND CONNECTED
A new steering-wheel, shared with the all-electric I-Pace, features hidden-until-lit graphics and intuitive, tactile control of key functions.
The new XE, Jaguar says, is its smartest and most connected vehicle yet. Jaguar’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, shared with the I-Pace, will be available for the first time in the XE. It’s said to deliver, ”instinctive” control through a pair of high-resolution touchscreens.
Wireless device charging and Smart Settings tech will also make their first appearance in South Africa in the XE.
The first-in-segment ClearSight rear-view mirror is said to have improved safety and convenience by giving the driver has an unobstructed view of the road behind.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY…
Using a wide-angle rear camera, the system feeds images to a high-definition screen within the frameless mirror unhindered by tall rear passengers, poor light or rain on the rear screen.
Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, told the Corner in a media release: “The XE’s uniqueness is its totality. Customers get a complete package of progressive design, innovative technology, and extraordinary driving dynamics.
”We don’t do ordinary and this car personifies this. My team and I get huge satisfaction out of improving a car with which we’re all so familiar; we’ve lived with it, we understand its character, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to make a great car even better.
”With new XE, we’ve done just that in every way imaginable.”
75% OF BODY IS ALUMINIUM
Jaguar XE’s light aluminium-rich shell is said to continue to have a major role in the car’s ”agile handling, exceptional safety and efficiency”.
”Aluminium makes up 75% of the body and combines with proven rear- and all-wheel drive systems,” Jaguar says, ”and double-wishbone front and link rear suspension, plus some of Jaguar’s most advanced engines, for dynamic handling and performance.
”Dynamic mode on each XE model amplifies the car’s sporting character with faster gear shifts, sharper throttle response, and better steering weighting.
”Drivers can shape the driving experience with greater ease thanks to the (optional) configurable dynamics system which can set up the vehicle to personal preference.
”Where specified, adaptive dynamics constantly adjust the shock-absorbers to balance between comfort and refinement in all driving situations.”
…AND THE ENGINES
Engine choice includes a two-litre Ingenium petrol tuned for 184kW or 221kW and badged P250 and P300 respectively.
Entry spec includes auto transmission, 18” wheel rims, power leather-clad seats, diode head- and tail-lights, parking radar, and a reversing camera.
Trim choice is S, SE and HSE, with available in R-Dynamic guise. A range of five option packs provide even greater personalisation. Ask your Jaguar dealer for more information.
The Jaguar XE will be available in South Africa in the second half of 2019. Prices will be announced later.