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  • January 1, 2019

Jaguar XE Engine & Transmission

Jaguar XE Overview

Jaguar is preparing a refreshed version of its XE compact executive sedan that could be revealed as early as next year’s Geneva Motor Show. However, don’t expect it to be radically different to the current car, as Jaguar has shown that in recent years it’s adopted an evolutionary tactic for the design of its vehicles – no big changes will be made, especially since this is just a mid-life revamp, and not an all-new model.

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The big news with the XE won’t be of a visual nature, but mechanical instead – Jaguar has been talking a lot about electrifying its models, and the XE is quite possibly going to be the first Jag with a mild-hybrid powertrain that pairs its current line of Ingenium four-cylinder engines with a with a 48-Volt electrical system. That system replaces the traditional alternator and starter motor combo with a single unit that also assists the powertrain. View offers on Jaguar Cars from Jaguar dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Jaguar XE Style

Jaguar XE has an agile look and is designed to make it a head turner when it is driven on the road. Jaguar XE features include a length of 4795mm and a width of 2075mm and come with body colored bumpers. The engine grill has a beautiful perforated design that is bordered with a chromium strip and the logo of the company inscribed in the middle. The headlight cluster is big and powerful and are equipped with halogen lamps for the Pure trim whereas, the Portfolio trim is equipped with bi-functional HID Xenon headlamps along with headlamp power wash function. To cool the powerful engine quickly, it has a big black color perforated air dam along with two black color air vents to dry the brakes.

Looking at its side profile, you will notice silver encrusted air vents, body colored ORVM caps (with integrated turn lamps) and door handles along with uniquely designed fenders, which houses 17-inch silver alloy rims mounted by tubeless radial tyres. The rear profile of this car reinforces the athletic look of its front. Jaguar XE Colors available in the market include, Ebony Black and Polaris White. If you want more variety, then you have to pay for some other colors like Ammonite Grey, Blue Fire, British Racing Green, Dark Sapphire Metallic, Glacier White, Italian racing Red, Odyssey Red, Osmium Blue, Quartzite, Rhodium Silver, Ultimate Black, Black Cherry, Celestial Black, Ingot, Storm Grey, and Tempest Grey.

Jaguar XE Space

Given that one of the XE’s main selling points is looks, it does not disappoint in the cabin. You get a speedboat style cowl running across both ends of the dashboard while the beige and black colour scheme present both on the upholstery and plastics does well to up the premium factor in the cabin. Of particular notice is the ‘Theater of dreams’ floating gear knob which pulsates when it rises from the dashboard as you start the car. In terms of features you get everything that is standard in the segment like dual-zone climate control with dual rear vents, electric seats (sans lumbar support), instrument cluster with digital display cruise control and a touchscreen infotainment system with smart phone integration and downloadable apps.

The infotainment system has all the requisite features to put it on par with its rivals, but still lacks the finesse of its German counterparts.The front seats offer good bolstering and thanks to the soft leather, you can sink right in and devour the kilometres on the highway as you go along. However, the rear seats are a different story as they feel inadequate especially, for a six-footer like me – a fact enhanced by the sloping roofline that eats into the head room. In fact, a larger person would have to angle their head in an odd way during ingress and egress to get around lack of head space.

Jaguar XE Engine

Well this is the ´new´ part of the car. The 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel mill produes 177bhp@4000rpm and a meaty 430Nm of torque @1750rpm. The XE range sold in India is purely RWD and this is achieved through an eight-speed ZF automatic. You get a great big heft of torque at 2000rpm mark and depending on how you have your foot on the throttle and your driving mode you can push the car into three-digit speeds pretty easily. In the eco mode the throttle is restrained and the car upshifts early while in the dynamic mode your shift point comes in at a higher RPM. With the sport mode activated you can hold the revvs all the way till the red line and then let the gearbox shift or do it yourself using the paddles behind the steering wheel. At the other end of the spectrum when you want things a bit more relaxed you can let the gearbox do its thing with it keeping the revvs well below the 2000rpm mark even at 120kmph.

Despite an underlying firmness, the ride is not back breaking as Jaguar has managed to find a balance which will not affect the handling of the car or the car’s image as a sporty option among the pack. You get a really responsive steering through which you can feel everything that’s going and as you build up the speed, it gets heavier and responds accordingly, egging you on to push the car. We had initially thought that the NVH insulation was lacking, but after switching from concrete roads to tarmac and there was a marked difference in terms of noise filtering into the cabin. But with an ‘adjusted for India’ suspension and 17-inch wheels, you do end up hearing the car hit all the potholes and imperfections quite loudly.

Jaguar XE Driving

Yes, the focus is on driving dynamics. While there is enough technology inside the cabin, there is a lot more under the body. For example, the aluminium-intensive monocoque construction—the XE is the first of the new generation of Jaguar cars to be based on the all-new aluminium-intensive architecture, which uses expertise derived from the aerospace industry to deliver premium vehicle characteristics in the areas of performance, handling and refinement. Then there is a technology called Torque Vectoring by Braking—by correcting understeer, this technology ensures your vehicle follows your chosen path, despite unfavourable conditions. The XE also gets the All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) feature, which is essentially low speed cruise control, operating at speeds between 3.6kph to 30kph. It helps the car to cope with low traction situations. The system has a pull-away function, allowing the XE to move away from rest on slippery surfaces, as well as a hill descent function that controls speed on steep inclines.

Jaguar XE Safety

For braking segment, Jaguar XE has powerful ventilated disc brakes for all the tyres with ABS, EBD and Brake assist. In addition, it also includes six airbags, three-point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection among a host of others.

Jaguar XE Cost in Hyderabad

Jaguar Xe Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 35,83,811/- (XE Pure) to 44,70,455/- (XE Portfolio Diesel). Get best offers for Jaguar Xe from Jaguar Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for XE price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Jaguar XE Conclusion

Jaguar can’t really do that much to the XE to make it more appealing than it already is since it has a few flaws that can’t be addressed via a mere revamp. Firstly, it’s way too cramped inside and nowhere near on par with its rivals in terms of quality. It already looked really good, so the tweaks to the styling aren’t especially important – hardly anybody has criticized its looks.

If it were to be a strong seller, it would have proven it by now, so even with its extra infusion of tech, style tweaks, and the addition of mild hybrids isn’t really going to have a major impact on how the car is perceived. It’s sill worth considering, especially since it is sportier, feels lighter, and drives better than most rivals, but that only recommends it to a very specific niche of buyers – enthusiasts who value fun behind the wheel above all and for whom the Jaguar name reminds them of the brand’s illustrious heritage.

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