1 Jaguar XE order books open on October 2, to coincide with the announcement of the full trims and specifications available. What Car? hopes to test the XE early 2015, with first customer deliveries expected to begin in April 2015.
2 Prices will start from around £27,000 for the entry-level petrol-engined car. No other price indications have been given; they’ll be revealed on October 2.
3 The Jaguar XE is 4686mm long (Audi A4 4701mm, BMW 3 Series 4624mm and Mercedes C-Class 4686mm), 2075mm wide including mirrors (Audi 2040mm, BMW 2031mm, Mercedes 2020mm) and 1416mm high (Audi 1427mm, BMW 1429mm, Mercedes 1442mm). Its wheelbase is 2835mm (Audi 2808mm, BMW 2810mm, Mercedes 2840mm). Boot space is 455 litres (Audi, BMW and Mercedes all 480 litres).
4 Once the Solihull factory is up and running at peak capacity an XE will come off the production line every 78 seconds. The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is part of a £1.5 billion investment by Jaguar Land Rover.
5 The much-heralded Jaguar Land Rover-designed new Ingenium engine family will initially be focused on efficient four-cylinder diesel engines. But insiders say a new variant of the engine will be launched every three to six months for the next two years. Other engines in the range will continue to be Ford units, modified to JLR’s requirements.
6 Insiders say that the Jaguar XE has been designed to be a driver’s car - and, as such, it is aimed at taking that mantle from the BMW 3 Series. To achieve the ideal 50:50 weight distribution, engineers decided to use heavier steel doors instead of aluminium versions – without them, the weight distribution would have been 47:53. A bare XE bodyshell weighs 251kg – less than any of its class rivals.
7 Although it has yet to be crash tested, Jaguar is predicting a five-star Euro NCAP crash test result for the XE. To date, 70 cars have been crashed to ensure the integrity of its structures and safety systems.
8 The XE is the slipperiest Jaguar ever, with an aerodynamic Cd rating of 0.26. The aero package was tweaked digitally via CFD, with Jaguar engineers running 1200 simulations during eight million hours of processing time.
9 The Jaguar XE’s front suspension is now designed with ‘slipping fixtures’ which move rather than bend if a driver hits a pothole or kerb. As a result, the suspension geometry can be reset rather than replaced, potentially saving owners considerable amounts of money.
10 Although the Jaguar XE is the first Jaguar to have electrically assisted steering, engineers say today’s systems are so advanced that drivers will be hard-pressed to tell the difference from an older system. The XE was developed with what engineers call a ‘50 metre feel’ - by which they mean drivers will be able to understand its sporty characteristics through the steering within that distance.
11 There are 3178 potential parts that can go on an XE. The factory in which the car is built has more than 600 robots wielding 456 rivet guns that will insert 2722 rivets in each car. The car is also glued together, with each one requiring 115m of glue.