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Jaguar bringing XE diesel to US in 2016

The Jaguar US lineup will expand in 2016 with the addition of the all new, aluminum-intensive Jaguar XE compact sports sedan in 20d (diesel) and 35t models each in Premium, Prestige and R-Sport trim levels and available in RWD or AWD. The Jaguar XE will be offered with a lighter version of the ZF 8-speed automatic used in the rest of the Jaguar range.

The fuel economy leader will be the Jaguar XE 20d, powered by the company’s new Ingenium 2.0 liter diesel (earlier post) delivering 180 hp (134 kW) and 318 lb-ft (431 N·m) of torque. Mated with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the Jaguar XE 20d will be the brand’s most fuel efficient model (EPA figures to be released at later date).


The Ingenium engine family’s advanced modular design will provide gasoline and diesel derivatives and was started from a clean-sheet to deliver performance, efficiency and refinement without compromise. This advanced in-house powertrain will be manufactured at the new JLR Engine Manufacturing Center near Wolverhampton in the UK. Proven over 2 million miles of real-world testing, Ingenium is the future of the low-CO2 powertrain strategy at Jaguar Land Rover and is engineered to meet the most stringent exhaust emissions legislation worldwide.

All Ingenium engines are based around a deep-skirt aluminum cylinder block featuring thin-wall, press-fit cast iron liners: these offer the best balance of weight, surface finish, and robustness.

The engine’s split-cooling system, mapped thermostat, and fully variable mechanical water pump enable standing water in the block while coolant circulates through the crossflow channels in the cylinder head. The engine warms up more quickly, reducing friction and therefore fuel consumption.

Parasitic losses have been cut in other ways; the electronically-controlled oil pump matches its flow rate according to engine speed, load and temperature, and switchable piston cooling jets operate only when needed.

Variable valve timing has been a feature on all Jaguar gasoline engines for many years, and now the technology is making its way into the diesel too: the Ingenium units benefit from a cam phaser on the exhaust side. Variable exhaust valve timing enables more rapid catalyst heating, thereby minimizing harmful emissions during the critical warm-up phase.

Fuel is fed to the combustion chambers by a 1,800 bar solenoid common rail system. Key attributes are low noise, high efficiency and excellent mixture formation.

Ingenium diesels are characterized by the rapid build-up of torque from very low engine speeds, enabled by highly efficient variable geometry turbochargers. Maximum torque is maintained over a wide rev range, ensuring instantaneous response and strong acceleration whenever the driver demands it.

Weighing only 138 kg (304 lbs), this all-aluminum engine features twin counter-rotating balancer shafts to cancel-out second order forces, offering the smoothness and power of a naturally aspirated six-cylinder but in a smaller, more efficient package.

An innovative feature is the sheet metal turbine housing integrated into the air-gap insulated exhaust manifold. As well as saving weight, the assembly’s reduced thermal mass means that the catalyst reaches light-off temperature more quickly, reducing emissions. The low-inertia turbine wheel delivers outstanding transient response.

For customers demanding performance and an exhilarating engine note from idle right up to the redline there’s the Jaguar XE 35t model, which shares its supercharged 340 hp (254 kW) 3.0-liter V6 with the F-TYPE.

Direct injection and fully variable valve timing optimize power and torque throughout the rev range. The 90-degree cylinder bank angle provides space for the twin-vortex Roots-type supercharger, a balancer shaft ensures the engine runs smoothly.

Developing 332 lb-ft (450 N·m) of torque, the V6 provides the Jaguar XE 35t with 0-60 mph times of just 4.9 seconds, with top speed electronically-limited to 155 mph (249 m/h).

Technical specifications
Engine V6 2.0L diesel
Engine capacity (cc) 2,998 1,999
Cylinders 6 4
Valves per cylinder 4 6
Bore / stroke inches (mm) 3.3 / 3.5 (84.5 / 89.0) 3.3 / 3.6 (83/ 92.35)
Cylinder block Aluminum alloy
Cylinder heads Aluminum alloy
Fuel injection equipment 150 bar spray-guided direct injection 1800 Bar Common Rail
Induction system Twin-Vortex supercharger Turbocharger
Transmission ZF 8HP45 8-speed automatic
0-60 mph (sec) 4.9 7.4
0-100km/h (sec) 5.1 7.8
Top speed mph (km/h) 155 (250) 140 (225)
Horsepower 340 @ 6,500rpm 180 @ 4,000 rpm
Torque lb ft (N·m) 332 (450) @ 4,500rpm 318 (430) @ 1,750-2,500

Aluminum. The aluminum-intensive Jaguar XE is the first model developed from the new JLR modular vehicle architecture. Much of the aluminum is high-strength, 6000-series alloy. The body sides are an example: these complex pressings are formed in one piece, and what would once have been 1.5mm gauge sheet has been reduced to just 1.1mm.

Sustainability is a big part of the Jaguar aluminum story. Recycling delivers savings in overall CO2 emissions and the new XE uses RC 5754—an aluminum alloy made predominantly from recycled material. Future models will also use RC 5754 and this will help Jaguar towards its goal of using 75% recycled material by 2020. The use of recycled aluminum reduces demand for primary aluminum, saving energy.

Riveting and bonding the lightweight body structure of the Jaguar XE consumes less energy than traditional spot welding. The XE also contains 101 lbs (46 kg) of recycled plastics and renewable materials, further reducing its environmental impact.

Chassis. The new Jaguar XE features a double wishbone front suspension. The aluminum front spindles are light and stiff and are forged from cast blanks using a patented production process while the rear suspension features an integral link system. This system delivers lateral and longitudinal stiffness for precise handling and a supple ride. Aluminum has been used extensively in the suspension, minimizing weight.

Offering incredible tuning possibilities and greater efficiency than traditional hydraulic systems, electric power steering (EPAS) will be standard on the XE.

Active Safety and Driver Assistance features. Complementing the levels of protection offered by the light and stiff body structure is a suite of advanced driver assistance systems designed to help and support the driver.

The Jaguar XE will be equipped with All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). This new system, developed with the input of decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, works like a low-speed cruise control. Functioning between 2 mph and 19 mph (3.2 to 31 km/h), ASPC is designed to control the brake system and powertrain precisely to deliver optimum traction in slippery conditions.

Projecting high-contrast color images onto the windshield, the optional laser heads-up display (HUD) technology provides the driver with information such as speed and navigation instructions.

When fitted, the stereo camera sensor is the eyes of the optional autonomous emergency braking system for the Jaguar XE, providing measurements of speed and distance of objects ahead, and can initiate full braking to avoid or mitigate a collision. The stereo camera also performs traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning functions.

The XE also offers systems such as adaptive cruise control, closing vehicle sensing, blind spot monitoring, semi-automated parallel and perpendicular parking, and reverse traffic detection.

The new Jaguar InControl infotainment system features an eight-inch capacitive touchscreen featuring a clear, intuitive interface and fast response times. InControl Touch supports Bluetooth, audio streaming and USB connectivity. The Jaguar XE can also be fitted with an SD card-based navigation system which allows easy upgrades of map data, and voice control using plain speech gives access to any level of the system, without navigating through menus, so drivers can keep their eyes on the road3. Both systems feature a user-friendly map which can be utilized by touch and directed by pinch-to-zoom.

Jaguar InControl Apps allows users to access and to control smartphone apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen. Jaguar InControl Remote functionality allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car remotely to control car functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the vehicle’s climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or remote heating or cooling the cabin through engine start.


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