The XE will arrive in Europe in 2015, but we won’t see it here in the US until early 2016. A host of technological milestones are present in the car’s design, including an aluminium intensive monocoque. 75% of the car’s structure is made of lightweight aluminum. Along with the lightweight structure, Jaguar is also boasting record fuel economy numbers. According to a Jaguar press release in July, the English automobile manufacturer declared that an XE had scored ratings of 75 mpg in NEDC(New European Driving Cycle) testing.
How the aforementioned fuel economy number is achieved remains a mystery to the entire automotive world. While many suspect a hybrid power-train, and this is possible, it seems rather unlikely, given that no Jaguar Land Rover vehicle has yet employed such a technology(excluding the C-X75 concept) and no announcement of a new power-train has been made. However, there is a first time for everything, and it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for Jaguar to unveil a new hybrid power-train alongside the XE next week.
As you probably gleaned above, no definitive power-train announcements have been made by Jaguar regarding the XE. However, it is almost certain that Jaguar’s new, high-tech Ingenium line of four cylinder engines will be a staple of the new model line. It’s also probable that the 3.0 liter V6 will be available in the XE. As far as V8 power, this is a compact car in an age where engines are being downsized, so while anything is possible from Jaguar, don’t hold your breath for a V8.
The above teaser video was just released by Jaguar in anticipation of the XE’s debut on Monday. It seems no one can wait for the unveiling of a new car, and manufacturers are sating everyone’s interest with teaser items; we saw a similar move from Mercedes in preview of the AMG GT, which has the same release date as the XE.
If one thing is certain, it’s that the XE will be the most technologically advanced car yet sold under the Jaguar marque. However, it must be noted that its success is far from pre-ordained. We all remember what a money pit the X-Type was for Jaguar a decade ago. It would also be a delusion to assert that the competition in the compact luxury car market isn’t stiff. If one thing is clear, it’s that the XE will need any edge it can get to succeed.