Jaguar XE is a car for all seasons
November 27, 2015
Jaguar’s new sports saloon, the XE, is preparing to take on the German marques such as the Audi quattro and BMW xDrive thanks to the introduction of all-wheel-drive technology. It will be available on the higher powered 2.0-litre diesel automatic version of the XE and Jaguar claims that the new powertrain gives the XE class-leading handling characteristics in poor conditions.
However, overall performance is not really affected with a top speed for both models of 140mph and the four-wheel-drive car achieving 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds – a fraction slower than the rear-wheel-drive version.
The main difference is fuel economy but even so the XE AWD is rated at 60.6mpg with emissions of 123g/km compared to an official fuel return of 67.3 to the gallon in the two-wheel-drive variant.
Jaguar has developed its new 4×4 system in conjunction with off-road experts at sister company Land Rover and it is similar to that which will be deployed on the F-PACE SUV.
It is fully automatic and in regular conditions allows the car to remain rear-wheel-drive, switching power to bring in the front wheels only when required.
The new drive system, which arrives next year, is only available with Jaguar’s home-grown 180PS Ingenium diesel engine and the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission but is being offered in all trim levels apart from S grade which is currently reserved for the high performance supercharged V6 XE.