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Jaguar goes all-paw with updated XE

Jaguar stands firm with XE mid-sizer, even adding a third variant for Aus

21 Oct 2020

JUST a fortnight after detailing its new XF, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Australia has revealed some of the key specifications for its updated XE mid-sizer ahead of its arrival here early next year.


Retaining the same turbocharged 2.0-lite four-cylinder petrol engine as before – 221kW/400Nm – all XEs will now put their power to the ground via the same all-wheel-drive system as found in the bigger XF.


Priced from $69,990 driveaway, JLR Australia has only released the asking price of the mid-level R-Dynamic Black so far with the pricing for the entry-level R-Dynamic SE and flagship HSE due to be released later in the year.


Based on the R-Dynamic SE, JLR says the new Black offers $5,980 worth of added value, consisting of black exterior pack with boot spoiler, metallic paint, red brake callipers and 19-inch gloss black alloy wheels.


Interior highlights meanwhile include gloss black veneer, bright metal pedals and a Meridian sound system.


In terms of the range itself, the other big talking point is the addition of JLR’s Pivi Pro infotainment system accessed via a 10.0-inch central and 5.5-inch lower touchscreen display.


Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included within the system, as are two LTE modems and embedded dual-sim capability.


Other new features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head-up display, redesigned steering wheel and updated seats with extra Leaper embossing throughout the cabin.


“The updated Jaguar XE features a selection of enhancements which make it an even better choice for buyers,” Jaguar chief product engineer Colin Kirkpatrick said.


“The cutting-edge technologies, such as our new Pivi Pro infotainment system and latest Cabin Air Ionisation technologies, provide greater connectivity, convenience and wellbeing for all for occupants.”


JLR Australia has sold 179 XEs so far this year ending September, accounting for a slim 2.0 per cent of the $60,000-plus medium car segment.

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