THE Jaguar sedan range, which comprised the XF and XJ model lines, has turned full circle with the arrival of the new XE sports sedan.
Launched this week in three setups – Prestige, R-Sport and S – the rear-wheel drive XE is Jaguar Land Rover’s first model to feature new modular vehicle architecture, including an aluminium-intensive structural skin.
Powering the Prestige is a 197hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine whereas the R-Sport comes with a more powerful version of the same powerplant, which churns out 237hp of output. The range-topping S variant is powered by a 3.0-litre 335hp V6 supercharged petrol engine, the very same energy mill found beneath the hood of the F-Type.
The entire XE line-up comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission system.
Coupled with double wishbone front suspension and an Integral Link rear axle, the robust yet light structure of the latest XE results in an exhilarating driving experience and exceptional fuel economy.
The XE too marks the world debut of the All Surface Progress Control, which electronically maximises low-speed traction in hostile road conditions. Also available in the XE range is the JaguarDrive Control which offers four modes – Normal, Eco, Dynamic and Winter.
This model inherits the Torque Ventoring by Braking system, also found in the F-Type Coupe, which lightly brakes individuals inner wheels when cornering, thus, mitigates the onset of understeer and results in more neutral handling and reduced steering effort.
Taking centre stage are the new InControl Touch eight-inch touchscreen as well as the 80W Jaguar Sound System with four channels and six speakers. Available as an option is the 380W Meridian Sound System with 12 channels and 11 speakers plus a subwoofer developed in conjunction with British audio experts Meridian especially for the XE.
The price range of the XE starts at RM340,000 for the Prestige, RM365,000 for the R-Sport and RM580,000 for the S.
To celebrate the arrival of the latest addition to the lot, every new Jaguar XE comes with an exclusive accessories package worth RM10,000. The package includes front illuminated sill tread plates, steering wheel-mounted gear shift paddles in Aluminium Red, special edition gear selector with premium dark leather top and rubber bezel with soft-touch grip as well as unique tyre valve caps with a choice of four iconic designs.
However, the offer is valid for a limited number of units and time only.