Consider the BMW 3 Series having officially been put on notice.
Perhaps the most anticipated new Jaguar in years (other than the F-Type) is the upcoming XE, which will square off directly against the heralded BMW 3 Series. It won’t be an easy fight, but Jaguar is seemingly convinced it has the goods to take home the comparison victory. We’ll see whether that'll happen in 2015. But for now Autocar has managed to get a hold of the most specific details to date of this new Jag sport sedan, and the 3 Series may have finally found its ultimate match.
The XE’s platform is "made from a mixture of pressed aluminum sheets, extrusions and castings joined with rivets and aerospace adhesives." This platform was also designed to be extremely adaptable, as it’ll also underpin the likely production version of the C-X17 crossover concept as well as the next-gen XF. It can also be configured for rear- or all-wheel-drive. The XE will also debut Jag’s next generation four-cylinder engine lineup, consisting of both gasoline and diesel offerings. All engines have been designed to handle "a range of forced-induction set-ups, from single turbos to twin turbos and combined turbos and superchargers."
The expected XE high-performance version will top off at 400 horsepower. As to whether a V6 or even a V8 will be made available is still unknown. If Jaguar can achieve the desired power output from any of its new four pots, then there may simply be no need for either of the former. Styling wise, expect the sedan to incorporate many cues from the F-Type as well as having its own unique flavor. We’ll have all of answers hopefully next September when the XE is expected to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show.