Jaguar will offer its all-new 2017 XE with one diesel and two gasoline engines and standard rear-wheel drive when the compact sedan goes on sale late this spring.
The XE made its North American debut before the Los Angeles Auto Show as part of Jaguar’s The Art of Performance Tour that takes the car and the brand’s 2016-17 lineup to consumers in seven U.S. cities.
Prices for the three variants, including shipping:
- The base 25t starts at $35,895; it has a 240 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine.
- The 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 starts at $42,695.
- The 20d diesel with an all-new 180-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged Ingenium four-cylinder engine will start at $37,395.
All-wheel drive and front-wheel drive are optional on the diesel and V-6 models but not the base 25t.
The XE’s chief rivals will be the BMW 3 series (starting at $34,145), Audi A4 ($36,825) and Mercedes C class ($39,875). All prices include shipping.
With the Volkswagen diesel scandal still making headlines, Jaguar underlined its diesel, which is part of a new engine family for the brand, was “developed from the very beginning to meet stringent U.S. emissions standards.”
The lightweight diesel engine weighs 304 pounds.
The XE is the first Jaguar to use the brand’s aluminum-intensive architecture that will also be used on the all-new F-Pace crossover that goes on sale in April.
The XE will have a standard traction control system called All-Surface Progress Control that controls brakes and the powertrain at speeds between 2 and 19 mph.
Optional systems include a laser head-up display, automatic emergency brakes that work with sensors to avoid or lessen the effects of a collision, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, blind sport monitoring, park assist and reverse traffic detection.
The XE has Jaguar’s new generation infotainment system called InControl Touch with the standard eight-inch or optional 10.2-inch touch screen.
The InControl system can be operated remotely and performs functions such as locking or unlocking doors, checking the fuel level, setting the climate and even starting the engine using an app that is also available on the Apple Watch.