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New 2017 Jaguar XE Expected to Reverse Current Sales Slide

New 2017 Jaguar XE Expected to Reverse Current Sales Slide

By Jeff Youngs, September 09, 2014

Despite the recent arrival of the acclaimed F-Type sports car, Jaguar's U.S. sales are sliding at the same time rivals are gaining. Though the new 2017 Jaguar XE is still about 18 months from rolling into showrooms, the new entry-level luxury sports sedan is tasked with drawing new buyers to the brand and reversing the automaker's current retail malaise.

According to a report in Automotive News, the new Jaguar XE is expected to contribute mightily to a global Jaguar Land Rover sales target of 750,000 vehicles annually by 2020. Currently, Jaguar Land Rover's global sales are approximately a third of that figure.

"The XE is unbelievably important," Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth told Automotive News Europe. "We will have an opportunity to bring younger customers, to bring female customers into the range of Jaguar."

Program Director Nick Miller concurred, "It's arguably the most important car in our history."

Slotting in as the least expensive, entry-level Jaguar sedan under the existing midsize XF and flagship XJ models, the new XE is a front-engine, rear-drive sport sedan offered with an optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. The first version of the car that Jaguar debuted is the range-topping XE S model, equipped with the same 340-horsepower, supercharged V-6 engine that's found in the F-Type sports car.

An 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard for the new Jaguar XE S, and the automaker says the car accelerates to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Other XE variants will feature engines from Jaguar's new Ingenium family of fuel-efficient power plants.

Expect leather upholstery combined with aluminum, wood, or gloss black trim. Jaguar will also offer a number of infotainment features for the new XE, including the latest version of InControl touch-screen technology with available remote and in-car mobile applications. Navigation, premium audio systems, and natural voice-recognition technology will be optional, along with the ability to transform the car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

One new innovation is the planned laser head-up display, which will be capable of projecting full color navigation images onto the windshield to aid the driver. A new All Surface Progress Control system will also be available for the XE, a low-speed cruise control system designed to ensure forward momentum under varying weather and surface conditions.

Stereo camera technology will power safety systems including the adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, autonomous braking, and road-sign-recognition technologies. Blind-spot monitoring, reverse traffic detection, and a closing-vehicle-sensing system are also planned as part of the Jaguar XE's suite of Intelligent Active Driver Assistance technologies, and the car will be offered with a semi-autonomous parking system that can steer the XE into parallel and perpendicular spaces while the driver operates the pedals and transmission.

Jaguar says that additional details about the new car will be available at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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