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New Jaguar XE for SA: See how it’s a hyper-real work of art

  • Jaguar orders unique hyper-real artworks of new XE 
  • 3 hyper-real images show updated sport sedan
  • Giant canvases took 140 hours to capture detail

PRETORIA, South Africa – Jaguar SA has revealed its new XE sedan in unique fashion by commissioning a series of highly detailed paintings which blur the lines between art and reality.

The new models will reach South Africa in the second half of 2019.

The three hyper-real images show the updated exterior and all-new interior of the new-look sport sedan for which Jaguar worked with British artist Howard Lee. Each of the 1.5mx1.5m works tells the difference between images of the real car and those created with acrylic and oil paints – but can you tell the difference?


”The images ,” Jaguar says, ”capture the bold new face of the sedan, its cutting-edge matrix diode headlights and all-new cabin finishes. The job took Lee 140 hours as he captured every aspect of the car to give his work a truly lifelike appearance.”


The cars’ design has been taken to the next level with new front and rear bumpers and larger apertures, a re-designed grille, and slim all-diode lights for a more assertive look.”

(So glad the automakers have taken The Corner’s suggestion to drop the awful ”aggressive” for the less violent ”assertive”. – Editor)

VIDEO: See the artworks come to life and try to separate art from reality

The XE’s new interior delivers more comfort, quality and convenience for all occupants. Every aspect of the cabin has been enhanced with the use of premium materials to provide increased attention to detail, improved stowage and better passenger comfort.


The XE also has the latest technology… Jaguar’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system from the all-electric I-Pace and a 31cm digital driver display and the ClearSight interior rear-view mirror supplies an unobstructed view of the road behind.

Other technology  includes a head-up display, wireless phone charging, and cabin-air ionisation.

Lee told The Corner in a media release: “I’ve drawn everything from hyper-real clothing to food but this is the first time I’ve drawn a car. The new Jaguar XE has these pure lines and perfectly judged proportions which were really enjoyable to recreate.

”They really bring this car to life, even when it is only on a piece of paper.”

Watch designer Ian Callum and Howard Lee discuss the differences between their respective design processes and how the artwork was created.

The Jaguar XE will be available in South Africa in the second half of 2019 at which time prices will also be released.


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