The 2015 Jaguar XE will be the most efficient Jag ever, with average economy of 75mpg and emissions of just 99g/km of CO2, according to the company.
The XE will be a rival to the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and the recently launched Mercedes C-Class.
The engines are an all-new range, called Ingenium, and described by Jaguar as 'class-leading'.
The engine with the headline 75mpg figure will be a 2.0-litre diesel, while there will be a selection of petrol and diesel units to choose from.
A teaser picture of the XE, featuring singer Emeli Sande, appears to confirm the existence of an XE-S performance model, with a red XE with an 'S' badge on the front grille. The car also features a deep front bumper, black mesh grille and large air intakes.
Any such performance model, which would be a rival for the likes of the Audi S4, would most likely use the V6 petrol from the F-type sports car. In base format this engine produces 335bhp, while the F-type S produces 375bhp.
Jaguar has confirmed that each Ingenium engine will be up to 80kg lighter than its current equivalent. The level of efficiency is aided by a lightweight body, 75% of which is made from aluminium.
Its front suspension will be similar to that in the F-type sports car, while the rear set-up will be unique to the XE and will be constructed partly from aluminium to keep down weight.
The XE will also get the company’s new electric power steering system, which promises added feel and improved low-speed manoeuvrability.
Cutting edge technology
Jaguar is investing in a lot of new technologies to ensure that the XE sets new standards at launch.
One technical first for the XE will be an All Surface Progress Control system. This has been developed with assistance from sister company Land Rover, with the aim of giving the rear-wheel drive XE better traction when pulling away on slippery surfaces.
Jaguar also expects the XE to excel with its use of cutting edge infotainment. Jaguar has not traditionally led the way in this department but is confident that will change with the arrival of the new car.
The InControl system is designed to cleanly integrate with a driver’s smartphone, both to control the car functions and manage their day while on the road.
InControl Remote allows Apple and Android smartphones to remotely control a range of vehicle functions, including pre-setting of the XE’s climate control system, securing the car or even starting the engine.
From inside the car, the InControl Apps setup lets users control smartphone services without touching the handset, using the vehicle touchscreen. The XE is also a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing devices to connect to the internet using the vehicle antenna, rather than its own data connection.
The final part of the technology pack is the use of a high-definition laser head-up display. This projects high-contrast colour images on to the windscreen in the driver’s eyeline, providing vital information without the need to look away from the road.
The Jaguar XE will be officially unveiled in London on September 8, with sales expected to begin in early 2015.
Further reporting by John Howell and Nigel Donnelly