The Jaguar car maker has introduced its luxury XE sedan back in 2014 and launched the redesigned version last year. However, what intrigued us all was a special version of this model with an “E” sign on the rear end of the vehicle which was caught on photos. We can only assume that it is going to be an electric version of XE which should hit the market as the 2018 Jaguar XE-E.
Since the BMW and Mercedes Companies have recently revealed their new hybrid luxury sedans, it was just a matter of time when the well-known British manufacturer will do the same. Lately, we could hear some speculations about either it will be powered with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or perhaps it will be an all-electric version. However, the label on the windshield is marked with a “FEV” sign, so we believe that it will be available as full electric model besides the traditional engines as well. Regardless the engine, the upcoming Jaguar will look very attractive; it will receive many modern safety and infotainment features too.
The main rivals of this new model will be BMW ActiveHybrid 3 and Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-in Hybrid models.
2018 Jaguar XE-E engine and performance
The standard Jaguar XE-E will get several types of engines under its hood. The one will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with the output of 180 horses. The next will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo gasoline unit which will be able to produce 247 hp. The last one will be a 3.0-liter V-6 supercharged unit which will develop 340 hp and 380 horses in the S trim. All the engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The rear-wheel drive will be standard while the all-wheel drive system will be available too.
Speaking of the 2018 Jaguar XE-E, there is still no official information. Some sources say that it might get a hybrid unit. It could be a 2.0-liter diesel engine combined with a 35 kW electric motor. However, we assume that it should appear as the full electric vehicle too, but unfortunately any further details are still not available.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior, the 2018 Jaguar XE-E will look the same as the standard XE model except in addition, it has a small “E” badge on the rear end. The new Jaguar will look very handsome with excellent proportions and nicely sculpted body. The front end will feature black mesh grille and attractive headlamps. The mesh side vents will be framed with chrome and will feature sportier appearance. Furthermore, the tail lamps will also receive an interesting design.
Inside, the 2018 Jaguar XE-E will be a combination of finest materials, excellent comfort and modern technology. The first thing you’ll notice is the clean design of the dashboard with large 8-inch touchscreen in the center. The seats are comfortable and upholstered in quality leather. The rear seats will be split/fold if you need more space for cargo. Some of the features included will be navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium audio system, Wi-Fi hotspot and so on.
Release date and price
The standard XE model will go on sale in following months. However, we still don’t know exactly when the 2018 Jaguar XE-E should the market. As for the price, we assume that it could be around $50,000.