As you can see in the adjacent images, the roofline is heavily camouflaged, which means that the British automotive producer will come up with some pretty interesting styling cues. We would’ve expected nothing less of Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Head of Design. Let’s just hope the skip the XJ’s plastic C-pillar ornaments.
Wearing the X760 internal code, the XE will be underpinned by Jaguar’s future modular iQ [Al] platform. Yes, that designation stands for Aluminium, with Jaguar confirming that the architecture will be shared with three other models, including the production version of the C-X17 crossover concept. Among others, this means that the architecture will offer two- as well as all-wheel drive.
What’s more, the XE will benefit from an upcoming family of all-new Jaguar engines. These will follow the downsizing trend, with the range set to include an unit emitting under 100 grams of CO2 per kilometer, for example.
Fret not performance fans, Jaguar is also planning high-performance versions of the XE, so expect the range-topped to offer assets such as a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).
Jaguar’s XE is positioned as a sports sedan, which, of course, means that it will be benchmarked against the BMW 3-Series. It certainly won’t have an easy life, not even when skipping the aforementioned information. Think of the new W205 Mercedes C-Class as one of the many arguments backing this up.
Jaguar is set to offer us a more complete set of details on the XE matter later in the year. Rumors currently place the Jaguar XE’s reveal at the Paris Motor Show in October. The sedan is expected to make its sales debut sometime in 2015.