In the past month or so we've been keeping a close eye on the all-new Jaguar XE.
Not only has it been spotted testing in its actual body — though heavily camouflaged — Jaguar also released one image of the car — once again, heavily camo'd. The last thing I ran across was video of it testing on the world famous Nürburgring and it sounded mighty impressive.
Some would argue though that all this hard work could be all for nothing if the car doesn't look good. From what we've seen coming out of Jaguar Land Rover in the past few years, the company seems to be doing a helluva job. Of course in this market it has to balance building a car that will appeal to buttoned up business people and also lures in a younger demographic the company can entice into its other vehicles.
Given what we've seen from the likes of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar F-Type and CX17, we think they have a good shot of putting out something awesome; however, this rendering may leave something to be desired.
What say you, Spies? Does the XE need to be MORE sexy than this rendering or is this JUST ENOUGH?
Side strakes lifted from the F-Type, twin exhausts and big alloys add a dash of sportiness, while the low roofline, rising waistline and short overhangs lend it a taut, muscular appearance.
It’s by no means a radical departure, but Jaguar’s research shows that’s not what buyers in this market are looking for. “It’s not just a shrunken XF; it’s more than that,” design director Ian Callum said. “You’ll see some similarities. We’ll be getting the face of the brand out there, but we haven’t taken the opportunity to radicalise the car in any way so you’ll see the family resemblance...."