Details Emerge on Jaguar’s XE; Expect Great Things

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Jaguar (NYSE:TTM) has shed some light on its forthcoming BMW 3 Series fighter, which amounts to a long-overdue replacement for the X Type sedan. Jaguar’s talents have been put to good use in developing the gorgeous and warmly welcomed F Type Coupe, but it’s time for Jaguar to play hardball on the mass market level, and the XE is the car to do it.

Jaguar says that the new sedan will be the first aluminum monocoque product in the segment, as well as “the most advanced, efficient and refined sports sedan in its class.” Naturally, the company is fluffing up its product a bit, but from the other products in Jaguar’s stable, the company seems to have the means to make good on its promise.

The XE will be built on the same aluminum architecture that the company showcased in its CX-17 SUV concept last year, and the car will also be the first to use Jag’s Ingenium line of engines, including a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter gasoline unit and diesel variants (but don’t get your hopes up for a stateside release of the latter). They will be produced and constructed at Jaguar Land Rover’s shiny new U.K. engine manufacturing facility.

By going with aluminum, Jaguar is hoping to keep the weight down to improve both handling and efficiency, and ensure that the power produced by the new engines is put to good use. Exact horsepower figures were withheld, but Jag promised top speeds in excess of 186 miles per hour.

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