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Jaguar announces details of its new XE saloon

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The large car market has been taken over by German car brands as buyers ditch their Fords and Vauxhalls for something with a ‘premium’ badge on the bonnet. Where the Ford Mondeo used to be one of the best selling large cars, the BMW 3-Series now holds the crown and the 10th best-selling machine in the UK overall.

Jaguar, however, is gunning for BMW buyers with its new XE saloon, which like the BMW, powers the rear wheels and aims to offer an engaging driving experience along with high comfort levels. Clearly Jaguar hasn’t underestimated the challenge with its new saloon, which effectively replaces the unloved X-Type of the Noughties, but raises the bar with its sharp lines, plush interior and economical new engines.

The lightweight new model will be sold with several efficient engines from frugal 2.0-litre petrol and diesel motors to a speedy supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol. The 2.0-litre diesel is expected to be the best-seller thanks to its class-leading fuel economy of 75mpg and CO2 emissions low enough to warrant free car tax under current rules – outstripping its BMW rival.

Jaguar states that the XE should be affordable to run, thanks to low fuel bills and insurance ratings, infrequent servicing and strong residual values, meaning that the car will return a high proportion of its value when owners come to sell it on.

Prices for this upcoming Jaguar however, are slightly more substantial, starting at £27,000 – around £3,500 more than the cheapest BMW 3-Series and £2,600 more than an entry-level Audi A4. Helping warrant the premium pricing, the car should offer very high levels of comfort and space with traditionally high-quality Jaguar craftsmanship.

The XE goes on sale in 2015, initially with a 2.0-litre diesel and powerful supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol on offer. Several further engines will be added to the range a later date. Further details will be released on October 2.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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