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Jaguar XE Facelift Prepares To Battle New BMW 3 Series

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We also get a look inside the I-Pace-inspired cabin for the first time.

We’ve known for a while now that the Jaguar XE is getting a much-needed facelift to battle the new BMW 3 Series five years after the sports sedan originally launched. Our spies have spotted a prototype being put through its paces in the snow in new photos that give us our best look yet at the sports sedan. While the styling is heavily camouflaged, we’re not expecting the exterior to look radically different to the outgoing model. Expect the 2020 Jaguar XE to sport slimmer LED headlights and taillights, as well as some restyled bumpers. In other words, expect it to be a standard mid-cycle refresh.

More significant changes will likely be found inside, as our spies managed to snap some photos of the new XE’s cabin for the first time. The prototype’s interior still looks unfinished but the production car is expected to borrow tech from the I-Pace, including Jaguar’s latest Touch Pro Duo infotainment and some semi-autonomous technology. The shape of the gear shifter also looks like the one found in the XE SV Project 8, and the interior is also expected to feature more premium materials.

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Currently, the Jaguar XE is offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder gas or diesel engine, or a supercharged V6, although Jaguar is reportedly working on a new inline-six to replace the V6. A mild-hybrid option is also expected to be offered. The covers should come off the new Jaguar XE soon, but don’t expect the debut to happen at the Geneva Motor Show since Jaguar Land Rover has pulled out of the event this year.