Jaguar’s XE Getting Ready For A Revamp To Fend Off New 3-Series

The Jaguar XE doesn’t exactly look dated, but the British marque is hard at work developing a facelifted model.

Expected to premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, the new XE will arrive with tweaked looks and some mechanical modifications. Considering that an all-new BMW 3-Series is just around the corner, Jaguar will be hoping that its updates are enough to sway buyers away from the ever-popular German sports sedan.

Exterior wise, our spy photographers say that the facelifted Jaguar XE will be adorned with redesigned headlights and taillights, while the only other obvious visual changes are tipped to be the revised bumpers.

Of much more importance will be what’s going on under the skin. Jaguar has confirmed that it’s working hard on electrification, and the updated XE is tipped to be one of the brand’s first models to benefit from a mild-hybrid powertrain. This technology is expected to be paired with the vehicle’s Ingenium engines and will feature a 48-volt electrical architecture that includes a belt alternator starter and a small lithium-ion battery.

Thanks to this new setup, as well as an advanced coasting function and modern start-stop system, certain XE models will benefit from much-improved fuel efficiency as well as a small gain in performance.

Details about the rest of Jaguar’s powertrain plans remain murky, but the company recently dropped all V6 versions of the XE in Europe.

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  • Jim Ragland

    I hope this revamp is very thorough. Cause ain’t nobody been talking much about this car.

  • ksegg

    lol Jaaaaaaags. They’re:

    1.) Expensive, which is fine for a luxury car…..but…
    2.) It has catastrophic depreciation values….which is typical for a luxury car…..but….
    3.) It is about as reliable as a new Alfa………which is okay if you’re more into the style…..but….
    4.) They made the XE design practically invisible and a new Accord stands out more.

    So yeah, doubt this revamp will do squat to fight off the new 3er.

  • PK

    except for rr, bentley, aston and mclaren. i just don’t take british cars so seriously idk why.

    • ksegg

      I like Bent and McLaren.

      RR, Aston, Range Rover, Jag…..not so much.

  • Joe E

    The XE is one of the most irrelevant cars currently produced. It makes the ATS look like a smash hit in comparison. Jag should have put more effort into making the E-Type much better than it is.

  • Merc1

    This car has no chance against the 3-series. It’s a dullard design inside and out and it’s cheaply made. The engines are full of gravel and the interior is that of an family car.


    • Able

      You’ve not driven one, hey?

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  • john1168

    The XE’s interiors need drastic improvements in style and quality. Personally, I’d get rid of the supercharger and replace with twin turbos. More efficient power I think…

    • :/ Yurr

      They need to work on the space because it’s too tight in there.

    • Nordschleife

      I am definitely with you as it pertains to both the style and the materials. This latest generation of Jaguars as a whole are suffering from a lackluster interior design and add lackluster materials to that and it just a big letdown.

      What annoys me is that Mazda can redo its interior twice but other carmakers don’t want to admit failure so they keep the same lackluster interior until the next generation. I’ll give Mazda props for continuially trying to make this car better.

      • Jim Ragland

        Right on

  • SteersUright

    If they cant address the rear-seat room, weak-sauce 4 cylinder (especially with the new and more potent one expected in the new 3-series) and the cheap looking interior they’ll never rival the 3-series properly outside of dirt cheap, revenue losing, heavily subsidized leases.

  • Larry Qualls

    Fix those stupid taillights by putting the F type taillights on it, and jazz up the interior with leds and such. Larger wheels sould be standard! It actually looks as though the body was addressed.

    • Belthronding

      could not f agree more than this,sir!!!

  • Mark Hawthorne

    “Fend off” suggests to me it’s defending a lead. In Europe the 3-series outsells it six to one – the XE sells less than 20,000 units a year. “Continue the fight” perhaps but other than the UK it’s not really a sales success anywhere and even then in tiny numbers

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