Jaguar’s highly anticipated upcoming XE small sedan, set to be revealed in September ahead of the U.S. sales launch in 2016, will be the automaker’s first model equipped with a new infotainment system named InControl. The system is embedded around an 8-inch display with touch capability, but for added safety, the driver can also input commands via voice control or buttons on the steering wheel.
According to MotorAuthority, two of the main features of the InControl system are a Remote application for controlling the vehicle remotely via a linked smartphone, and an interactive Apps system that authorizes users to access apps from their mobile devices using the vehicle’s controls. While using the Remote application, anyone with an iOS or Android smartphone will have access to connect to the car from wherever they are and can control a range of the vehicle’s functions at their fingertips. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or even as far as starting the engine!
The Apps system makes it easier to seamlessly access smartphone apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen, allowing you to do everything from make a conference call, find a parking space or even book a hotel room at the touch of your finger. The XE also functions as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the internet from inside the car.
The last tier of the technology announced today is a laser-based head-up display, which will provide the driver with important info such as speed and directions while operating the vehicle. In addition to advanced graphics, the laser-based system is said to be smaller and a third lighter than previously existing HUD systems.
The new XE, pairing aluminum construction with innovative chassis technology, is part of a new, highly efficient class of Ingenium gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines that are making market headway for Jaguar. The automaker is slated to debut the XE at a special event in London on September 8 before the car makes its official formal debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in early October.