Jaguar confirms XE reveal for September 8

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2016 Jaguar XE

Jaguar has a whole raft of new products in the pipeline, from the long-awaited replacement for the XF mid-size sedan and a likely XJ-based replacement for the XK coupe and convertible to the production version of its C-X17 crossover concept. But arguably the most important will be the all-new XE, a compact sports sedan pointed squarely at the BMW 3 Series – a market segment which Jaguar last nipped at with the regrettable X-Type, one which it is now committed to tackling head on.

The British automaker has been trickling out a steady stream of details on its upcoming XE, from the initial announcement in March to the reveal of the disguised prototype in May and most recently the details released just last week of the new Ingenium engine family that will provide its motivation. Now Jaguar has confirmed the XE reveal timeframe and some more salient details of its chassis.

Set to be unveiled in London on September 8, the XE will reach European showrooms in 2015 and our shores in 2016. That’s when buyers will be able to get their hands on what Jaguar is already characterizing as “a true driver’s car; one that redefines the concept of the sports sedan.”

In order to get there, Jaguar is giving the XE an Integral Link rear suspension made of aluminum that claims to offer “major benefits over conventional multi-link designs” by optimizing both lateral and longitudinal stiffness. The double-wishbone front suspension is adapted from the F-Type, but Jaguar has designed a new Electric Power Assisted Steering system (instead of a hydraulic one) and a new type of traction-control system it calls All Surface Progress Control.

Although enthusiasts traditionally favor hydraulic steering over the new generation of electric systems because of their superior feel, Jaguar engineer Mike Cross says that “Jaguar vehicles have always been renowned for a balance of precise handling and high-quality ride…. We are on target to deliver a vehicle that dynamically outperforms our rivals.” We look forward to finding out to what extent Jaguar has succeeded, but for now you can delve onto the full details in the press release and graphic below.

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