Jaguar expands lineup by getting smaller
Jaguar plans to pounce with the new XE -- an entry-level sedan aimed straight at the heart of the luxury market. When the XE goes on sale in the spring with a starting price of $34,900, it will compete with strong sellers like the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
A five-passenger "sport" sedan, the XE is built on an all-new chassis that makes extensive use of aluminum. It will be available with one of three engines, all mated to a new 8-speed automatic. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four with 240 horsepower is the de facto standard engine. Also available is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 340 horsepower and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four with 180 horsepower. The gas four cylinder engine is available only with rear-wheel drive while the V6 and diesel come with rear- or all-wheel drive.
At the most recent Midwest Automotive Media Association, or MAMA. Rob Filipovic, Product Planning Manager for Jaguar Land Rover, gave a compelling presentation on, as he put it, "The next generation of Jaguar." The XE is the cornerstone of the brand reaches out to a wider range of buyers.
The European luxury brand also has announced its EliteCare Ownership Package, boasting best in class coverage. EliteCare will be provided with every Jaguar starting in 2016. The package offers a limited warranty of five-years or 60,000 mile coverage.
Fans can get their first look at the XE on the Jaguar stand at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show this February.
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