Jaguar betters the XE's design in its latest update
And there's a Hybrid powertrain option on offer as well
It appears the Jaguar camp made fair use of the recently concluded lockdown. An explanation as to how the Indian-owned carmaker has been facelifting almost every product in its line-up. Just yesterday, its mid-sized XF sedan got the much-needed 2020 update. And now, the same has been carried forward to its smallest sedan - the Jaguar XE.
In essence, the Brits have tweaked the exterior, injected the interior with the latest piece of technology and for the first time in the XE’s lifespan - added a hybrid diesel engine. While the electricity-assisted diesel mill might improve efficiency figures, the talking point of this updated XE dwells around the interiors.
The cabin now gets an updated seat design, a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster and a new split-rim steering wheel design which resembles the one on its big brother and looks quite sporty and cool. Speaking of sporty, metal gear shift paddles have also been deployed to complement the new steering wheel.
While the dashboard layout has been retained, the technology that rests over it witnesses a state-of-the-art update. The most affordable car of Jaguar’s stable now gets the Pivi Pro infotainment system, seen on the new XF, the new Land Rover Defender and the rest of the Range Rover line-up. The unit on the XF is a 10-inch central touchscreen unit, accompanied by a 5.5-inch secondary touchscreen placed right below it. While the former takes care of all infotainment duties like media and navigation, the latter operates essential vehicular functions like climate control.
Jaguar has further deployed a new Guardian Mode for added security. This allows the customer to program his vehicle’s inactive times on the Secure app (for example, during the night), post which any movements made by the car in the mentioned timeframe would send an alert or a prompt to the user on the app.
Powertrain options see the arrival of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged Ingenium diesel engine with Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV), a first in the XE. Power output for this mill is rated at 204hp, enabling the XE to crack the ton in 7.3 seconds. If diesel isn’t your choice of fuel, there is a four-cylinder turbo petrol option on offer, available in two derivatives: 250hp and 300hp. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
While the updated exterior design is classic Jaguar with those sleek headlights and that broad grille, which now comes with a mesh design and curved profile seen previously on the I-PACE, the family design language is reminiscent of what Mercedes Benz does with their cars. The smaller models like the XE or the E Class get a single LED headlight strip, and as you climb up the product line-up, the LED strips keep increases simultaneously, making them the defining characteristic as well.
While I would’ve liked Jaguar to go a separate way than that, I’m glad the execution by the Brits has been on point. Especially at the rear which gets slim LED units with the design resembling the ones on the F-Type sports car and it looks stunning now.