The lineup has been trimmed down for Australia, with a focus on the performance focused models. The Jaguar XE is now offered in both R-Dynamic SE and HSE. Both use the 221 kW advanced Ingenium turbo-petrol engine.
Standard on XE models,Dynamic mode amplifies the car’s sporting character, with faster gear shifts, sharper throttle response and increased steering weighting. Drivers can alter their driving experience when the optional Configurable Dynamics system is chosen.
Changes to the body are to give the XE cues to the Jaguar F-TYPE sportscar. The aim being to give the XE look wider and lower than before, with larger front apertures, all-LED headlights with striking ‘J’ blade daytime running lights. At the rear of there’s a new bumper design and slender all-LED taillights.
The R-Dynamic models have aircraft winglet-inspired sculpted surfaces, dark mesh detailing to the rear valance and alternative wheel styles. On the interior, the sporting influences continue with sports-style seats with contrast stitching, Satin Chrome gearshift paddles and R-Dynamic tread plates.
The new interior features extensive use of soft-touch materials, premium veneers and door trims that improve usability and practicality.
New XE has Jaguar’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with integrated high-resolution touchscreens. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Wireless device charging and Smart Settings technology also make their first appearance in the XE.
Jaguar’s ClearSight interior rear view mirror system uses a wide angle rear-facing camera, the system feeds images to a high-definition screen within the frameless rear view mirror; unhindered by tall rear passengers, poor light or rain on the rear screen.
We have yet to drive the upgraded Jaguar XE, but will do so as soon as possible after its release and provide our comments immediately afterwards.