Jaguar's entry-level luxury sedan has been updated in Europe but will be discontinued after the 2020 model year in the US.
The Jaguar XF has received an extensive facelift for the 2021 model year, but this is now the only sedan Jaguar offers in the US. After the 2020 model year, the smaller Jaguar XE is being removed from the automaker's US lineup. According to Jaguar, the XE is being discontinued because the automaker believes the XF "offers superior value to entry luxury sedan buyers." This now means the E-Pace serves as Jaguar's entry-level model in the US.
It's a different story in Europe, however, as the XE is being updated with a new mild-hybrid powertrain and an upgraded infotainment system following last year's facelift. For 2021, the Jaguar XE is offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo producing 246 hp with rear-wheel drive and 296 hp with AWD.
In Europe, the 2021 XE is also available with a mild-hybrid 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine rated at 201 hp that incorporates a 48-volt mild-hybrid system for the first time. This new engine enables the XE to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds and has a WLTP fuel economy rating of 58.5mpg.
All powertrains are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. On the tech front, the 2021 XE incorporates Jaguar's latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, which is accessed through a 10-inch central touchscreen. This technology also powers an optional 5.5-inch lower touchscreen, which also comes as standard with the R-Dynamic HSE specification pack. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered as standard, and the new infotainment system also supports over-the-air software updates.
The 12.3-inch driver display receives enhanced graphics and a configurable layout that can show full-screen navigation mapping, digital dials, media, contact list, and infotainment details. Updated seat designs and a split-rim steering wheel design with metal gear shift paddles make the cabin more luxurious. On the outside, there are no styling changes, but this isn't surprising since the Jaguar XE was given a mid-cycle update for 2020 with F-Type-inspired design cues including slimmer headlights and taillights, a revised grille, and new bumpers.
For a bolder look, Jaguar is offering an R-Dynamic Black package that adds black mirror caps and side sills, 19-inch gloss black or 20-inch satin grey wheels, red brake calipers, privacy glass, bright metal pedals, and gloss black veneer.
Order books for the 2021 Jaguar XE are open now in the UK, with pricing starting at £29,635 ($38,477).