Jaguar’s entry back into the tough U.S. compact luxury arena will include a four-cylinder diesel engine when it goes on sale in 2016 as a 2017 model.
Tomorrow the automaker will be featuring the pre-production sedan in Paris, and wants to have in place all-wheel-drive and the diesel – with six-speed auto only – before putting the car to market.
Power specs are only estimates for new 2.0-liter aluminum Ingenium engines that will find their way into the car.
Jaguar in Europe has two 2.0-liter Ingenium diesels. One has 161 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque and another is rated for 177 horsepower and 317 pounds-feet of torque. Neither however have been brought under U.S. emissions compliance yet.
Also, two 2.0-liter gasoline turbocharged engines are rated 200 horsepower and 240 horsepower. And Jaguar will offer the U.S. a supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower which is already in production.
The new XE is 183.9 inches long and wheelbase is 111.6 inches.
Cars Jaguar expects to compete against include the Mercedes-Benz C class, BMW 3 series and Audi A4.
The Jaguar is a little shorter than the 184.5 inch-long redesigned 2015 C-class sedan and longer than the 182.2 inch-long 3 series.
The XE’s wheelbase is very close to the C class’ 111.8 inches and the 3 series’ 110.6 inches.
Pricing for the U.S. market hasn’t yet been released.