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Jaguar XE Updated Outside And Inside, Rotary Shifter Replaced

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Jaguar XE Updated Outside And Inside, Rotary Shifter Replaced

In the build-up to the Geneva Motor Show, Jaguar has released information on their refreshed entry-sedan, the Jaguar XE. The Jaguar XE was first launched in 2014 to better compete with the segment initiators such as BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4.

Up front, LED technology with adaptive function replaces the bi-xenon unit in the reshaped head lamps that appear slimmer. The front bumper continues to feature a large grille, now updated with a new mesh pattern.

The R-Dynamic variant features more sporty front and rear bumper design together with more distinctive side skirts, as seen in the new XE in red.

At the rear, new slimmer tail lamps interestingly emit a larger lighting signature. Animated directional indicators also let road users know the vehicle's newness.  

Moving inside, Jaguar has given the new XE with an updated steering wheel design, a new 12.3-inch instrument panel display, and a new high-definition dual-screen infotainment system. That means the air conditioning system now move to a digital screen layout, but fitted with rotary dials for key functions.

In keeping with the rising demand of one-action in-car smartphone connectivity, Jaguar has also added included Android Auto and Apple CarPlay optimization in the new infotainment system.  

The raising Jaguar gear selector knob, a party-piece from earlier Jaguar interiors, has now been replaced with a chunkier-but-more-conventional shift lever. Jaguar says it allows for a “more tactile and dynamic driving experience”.

With the redesigned lower console layout, Jaguar also fitted the new XE with a toggle switch from the F-Type coupe for the JaguarDrive Control to switch between Normal, Eco or Dynamic modes.

Jaguar is also responding to the feedback of poor rear-view visibility, and as such, is offering an optional digital display rearview mirror called ClearSight. This is a first in the premium sedan segment, as the lack of roof space has prevented many automakers from fitting a high-mounted rear-facing camera.

Jaguar solved the problem by placing their full-rearward facing camera on the shark fin antenna.  

Other changes to the interior include redesign door trim panels, now finished with high-quality materials and have better storage spaces.

Jaguar has honed the four-cylinder Ingenium engine to deliver 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque. To harness all the performance credentials, it is paired with an intelligent all-wheel drive that predominantly sends drive to the rear. Front-wheel torque is applied (when necessary) in as little as 100 milliseconds.

Thanks to all-wheel drive traction, Jaguar claims the new XE 300 is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds, the fastest amongst its high-output four-cylinder competitors.

Contrary to other premium makers' strategy in pushing for a higher degree of electrified powertrains, the new XE is offered only with pure combustion engines- a lower output petrol engine with 250 PS is available in either rear or all-wheel drive, together with a 180 PS turbocharged diesel engine.  

Gallery: 2019 Jaguar XE Facelift

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