Jaguar is entering the compact executive sedan segment later this year, September 8th to be precise, with the new XE. That’s the date Jaguar has given us for the official reveal of the new 3 Series/C Class fighter from the British marque.
Along with a date of birth, they’ve also given us some insight into the inner workings of the new sedan. We’ve previously seen the lightweight aluminium monocoque chassis for the XE, which was previewed by the C-X17 concept SUV. Now, we’ve been given some details about the suspension setup of the XE:
- F-Type derived front suspension:
The XE’s double wishbone front suspension setup will be mounted to the subframe with cast aluminium suspension towers. This F-Type derived setup is being implemented with the hope of ensuring superior handling and road holding for the sedan.
- Integral Link rear suspension:
Forged and hollow cast aluminium components form part of the “Integral Link” rear suspension, which provides lateral and longitudinal stiffness for sharper responses, refined ride quality, and better road holding. This suspension setup is also extremely light weight, a key factor in targeting dominance in the vehicle class.
- Electronically assisted power steering:
Jaguar’s Electric Power Assisted Steering features in the XE – utilising revised algorithms for variable steering damping and responsiveness. The use of EPAS also lends to a host of safety features.
- All Surface Progress Control:
Utilising the Land Rover half of the Jaguar Land Rover marriage, Jaguar has developed ASPC for enhanced traction in the rear-wheel drive XE. Utilising knowledge gained from off-road development, the ASPC system looks to improve grip and off-the-line traction without driver interference.
- Ingenium engine family:
The XE will be one of the first Jaguar’s to use the new JLR Ingenium engine family. This lightweight, low emissions engine range will utilise a modular platform to increase flexibility of the technology. More details on the Ingenium engine family can be viewed HERE.
With Jaguar leaking details steadily up until the 8th of September, we’ll slowly gain more insight into the new model. Will it be able to best the BMW 3 Series at its own game? We’re not sure, but we certainly hope it’s not a flop.