Ever since Jaguar launched the XE at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, the one thing everyone was waiting for was the diesel variant. It is, of course, with good reason. Apart from the car being built brand new from the ground up, the motor itself belongs to Jaguar’s all-new Ingenium engine series, which promises exhilarating performance, balanced with efficiency and low-emissions.
Wondering what the Jaguar XE diesel has to offer? We give you the rundown:
1) Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium Intensive Architecture
For class leading dynamics and performance, the XE employs Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium Intensive Architecture. To build a car that can deliver an otherworldly experience, Jaguar derived its expertise for this platform from the aerospace industry! The lightweight construction enables the car to deliver better handling characteristics, while aiding efficiency and performance by reducing the load on the engine. It also gave Jaguar a strong base to develop the most extreme performance Jaguar ever – the XE SV Project 8!
2) Design Like No Other
The XE sports a design that is distinctively Jaguar. It is among the longest cars in the segment, and yet it has the dynamic and athletic appeal of a compact sports car. The hunkered down stance, long bonnet and aggressive but subtle lines are sure to make you turn around for one more look every time you park it. The sloping roofline and slender tail lights also point to the inspiration drawn from the Jaguar F-TYPE but that’s not where the similarities end.
3) Sports Car In A Saloon’s Suit
That sporty design isn’t just for your viewing pleasure. It is purposeful and bodes well with the XE diesel’s performance pedigree. With 132 kW* (180PS) of power and 430Nm of torque at its disposal, the XE rockets to 100kmph from a standstill in just 7.8 seconds. Engine aside, the 8-speed automatic transmission also ensures lightning quick gear changes, so you have the power you need the second you want it.
Even with its sporty persuasions, the car manages to strike a balance of comfort and dynamics with its ride quality. With a double wishbone suspension up front and an integral link setup at the rear, the XE diesel manages sports car precision while offering comfort even through damaged roads. You may not need the exceptional performance and inspired handling all the time but when your daily drive can excite too, you’ve got all the car you need!
4) Modern Flavour, Old School Class
Genuine leather upholstery gives you a luxurious experience every time you step in. Only the finest materials are used to get that glove-soft feel. With rigid attention to detail, the XE makes you feel special without compromising functionality. Every control is at your fingertips so you can not only appreciate the design but use it with ease as well. Of course, personalisation options are aplenty as well.
5) One Point Access
Being loaded with tech doesn’t have to mean a clutter of buttons to use that tech. The XE’s centre console has a clean layout and sports a minimalist design. The InControl Touch infotainment system lets you view or control a wide range of functions, including the audio, navigation and telephony. The 20.32 cm (8-inch) screen uses large fonts so it’s easy to use on the move and also gets intuitive touch and swipe controls for ease of operation.
6) Meridian Sound System
While the cabin insulation keeps you cocooned from the world outside, turn up the volume of the class-leading Meridian Sound System. The 380 W, 11-speaker setup promises to deliver the theatre experience, whether you’re in the front row or rear. Meridian has tailor made the system for the XE, taking into account the cabin’s shape, size and even the passengers’ seating positions, so you can experience even songs you’ve already heard in whole new way.
7) Jaguar Rotary Drive Selector
Unique to the segment is Jaguar’s rotary drive selector. Seamlessly integrated into the centre console, this dial frees up space for storage, while bringing a smile to your face every time it rises like a rocket ready for launch. A light turn of the drive selector is all you need to choose which mode you want the transmission to engage, making driving the XE so much simpler.
The Jaguar XE diesel is available in the Pure, Prestige and Portfolio variants with prices ranging between Rs 38.25-46.34 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Whichever variant you choose, the XE promises to give you the most involving and premium driving experience.