If what we're hearing about the all-new Jaguar XE is true, it seems that the leaping cat may be preparing something awfully tasty.
First off, it's been confirmed that the all-new "baby" Jag will be revealed on September 8 in London. We're not sure exactly what kind of affair it will be, but if Jaguar Land Rover has taught us anything in recent years, it will be glamorous and feature at least one celebrity.
Second, the technical details we're hearing are very, very intriguing. That's because it's being said that JLR is using everything it has learned in its latest products. The XE's chassis will be lightweight, its suspension is F-Type inspired and set up with some seriously sporting intentions.
The first test Jaguar has to pass is if its all-new vehicle will get attention from a styling perspective. If it's just a scaled down XF, the XE may have trouble selling. It needs to evoke some emotion and leave buyers wanting to be seen in it.
The second test will be if Jaguar's XE can outperform cars like the BMW 3-Series. As the 3'er is the benchmark, it needs to be competitive to that car. As we've noted before with the BMW, it's gotten softer over the years. This means there's a chance the Jag can overtake BMW.
Of course this assumes Jaguar brings everything together and has solid execution. We're hoping they FINALLY change out the laggy infotainment software, at minimum.
Jaguar has confirmed its all-new XE saloon will be revealed in London on 8 September.
The Gaydon manufacturer has also confirmed some of the first technical details of the crucial BMW 3-series rival, which Jaguar says “combines thrilling performance, agile handling and precise, responsive steering, with outstanding levels of refinement”.
The XE will be equipped with F-type-inspired double wishbone front suspension made from aluminium, which Jaguar claims results in stiffness levels equivalent to the larger XFR sports saloon...