Nothing has to see the new Jaguar XE with previous X-Type which was born from a synergy with the frame and leveraging Ford Mondeo technology of the time. It was not a bad car but neither could be considered a pure Jaguar at least it did not feel like one. Now everything is brand new and is homemade from scratch. The average sedan represent a very important segment and Jaguar has decided to return to him with assurances luxury sportiness quality and above all a distinctive touch as aluminum. This is a modern sedan 4.67 meters long made with a high proportion of aluminum more than 75 percent. The rest is made up of high strength steels and magnesium which together achieve a monocoque light of just 251 kg. Debuts Jaguar's new platform which in addition to the four-door sedan we tested a family a coupe and cabrio will. SUV AWD version and dynamic shear was also added.
The Jaguar XE takes independent suspension on all four wheels with an elaborate double wishbone front suspension of inherited sports F-Type and a rear multilink complex. It is rear-wheel drive and within a year will also feature all-wheel drive. From the beginning has a large mechanical range which only reproach the absence of a version of cheaper and less powerful access. His tender form a four cylinder Diesel 2 liter 163 or 180 horsepower but another two liters of gasoline and 200 or 240 hp 340 hp V6 also in gasoline. Later becoming an "R" variant that exceed 400 CV to make war on the M AMG and RS. It uses manual gearboxes 6 speed (only for Diesel) or 8-speed automatic torque converter.
Steering is power assisted the first Jaguar sedan that carries it. In addition to the traction and stability controls and different driving modes Jaguar Drive Control (Eco Normal Winter and Dynamic) added what they call by Braking Torque Vectoring system that stabilizes by selective braking subtly address body when it detects that will produce a critical situation. Always use suspensions with springs Bilstein dampers with electronic control in S. versions
The overall presentation is at the height of all products of modern Jaguar and demonstrates luxury and quality. On units tried the settings were not quite right but I was assured from the brand that the final model will be much better finished. Not missing a infotainment system with touchscreen and systems such as Head Up Display that projects key information onto the windscreen. It is sold with four different finishes and an extensive list of extras that allow you to customize it. Front seats are good and everything is in place with studied ergonomics and good comfort. Behind the seats are not the biggest in its segment when it refers to longitudinal space. The seats are comfortable and the height is no problem at least for my 179 m.
Were pre-series to the point that Diesel had a big red button on the center console to stop in an emergency. I was struck guidance accuracy of the front axle poise and overall response. Displays sportsmanship and excellent traction capability catching up on behavior which for me is the reference segment the Mercedes C-Class Diesel I could test the 180 horses. I found a complete engine in their response and performance based level although their consumption to determine more precisely we have to wait to stop by our Technical Center. I found it a bit noisy what Jaguar engineers responded again so it was not completely finished. It will be a good car and I have no doubt that an interesting alternative to traditional German sedans.
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