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Jaguar Divulges Details on New 2017 XE AWD Compact Sport Sedan

Jaguar Divulges Details on New 2017 XE AWD Compact Sport Sedan

By Philly Murtha, November 23, 2015

Jaguar displayed at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show an updated entry-level XE compact premium sport sedan for 2017 that will be available in U.S. dealer showrooms next spring.

The updated 2017 XE model offers an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system for better traction and features a host of more advanced handling and technology features, including a new infotainment system. The smaller XE has a lower starting price than many Jaguar models—in the $35,000 range, according to the automaker.

Built on a new global platform that uses aluminum, the XE shares its architecture with the XF midsize premium sedan and the upcoming F-Pace midsize premium SUV. It uses a torque-on-demand AWD system and has Jaguar’s Adaptive Surface Response system developed by stablemate Land Rover to distinguish between different types of road surfaces.

Engine options for the new XE feature a first-time diesel for North America and include: a 3-liter, 6-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 340 horsepower; 2-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 240 horsepower; and the 2-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 180 horsepower. All three are mated with 8-speed automatic transmissions.

New technology in the 2017 XE includes Jaguar’s InControl infotainment system with a 10.2-in. touch screen, faster response times, and intelligent navigation. A Wi-Fi hotspot for as many as 8 devices and an Apple Watch app to remotely check fuel level, lock and unlock the car, and start the engine are included along with a new 17-speaker premium audio system.

The XE, which will be offered in five trim levels, comes equipped with an impressive range of advanced driver-assistance systems that gain a lane-keeping and lane-departure warning system, adaptive speed limiter, and a monitor to determine if a driver is fatigued.

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