2019 Jaguar XE Shaping Up To Be A More Competent 3-Series Rival

Even though these aren’t the first Jaguar XE prototypes spotted in the wild, they do seem to be more revealing, as we can spot more details.

The XE has a pretty big fight on its hands, which is why a Jaguar is readying the facelifted model that should come with tech, better software and, quite possibly, a more stylish appearance.

It’s not as if the XE didn’t look aggressive in its first iteration. However, the updated version seems to have a slightly different headlight design, one that appears sharper towards the inner edge. The 2019 XE will also get revised bumpers with larger air intakes, completing the front end changes, while at the rear there are new taillight graphics

Inside, expect to see better materials, new trim, improved software and probably some clever assist and safety systems to help the driver out when needed.

The facelifted XE should be one of Jaguar’s first models to feature a mild-hybrid powertrain. The system is expected to feature a 48-volt architecture with a belt alternator starter and a small lithium-ion battery, paired to the brand’s Ingenium engines.

Thanks to this technology, the revised XE could prove to be a more fuel efficient sports sedan, and a better-performing and engaging drive.

Jaguar will reveal the 2019 XE sometime next year, with a possible venue being the Geneva Motor Show reveal in March. Once out, it will bring the fight to the likes of the all-new BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, Volvo S60 and Alfa Romeo Giulia.

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  • ksegg

    It doesn’t matter if the XE can fart money and drive upside down at 400mph in a tunnel while making beer in the trunk.

    IMO, Jag has a terrible reputation in terms of reliability and perceived quality, their designs (while more modern) are lackluster compared to their German rivals, and they’re just seemingly always 2-3 steps behind.

    The only thing Jag makes that’s decently competitive is the F-Type.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Erm, forget about the MiB antics; if it can fart money, I’m game. 🙂

      • ksegg

        lol….

  • Mike anonymous

    I feel as though THIS is what the XE should have been like from the very beginning.

    from what I can tell the design has been majorly re-done in the front/rear (and does not seem to look ‘cheap’, seeming a lot more upscale for what a Jaguar ‘should’ be. (notice the lighting and the much slimmer and reshaped headlamps, front hood, and other aspects). I hope some modifications to the interior (which was mediocre for a ‘Jaguar’ or a luxury vehicle from a brand as such.).
    Chasing sales has not done them (or most companies who this) any good. It’s only when they decide to focus on making a great product FIRST opposed to trying to meet “the standards” do their sales actually increase. People don’t just want a product they can afford, but they want it to be good (if not the best). This XE is shaping up to be a ‘good’ vehicle deserving of the Jaguar nameplate and what it stands for (or what it ‘stood’ for depending on who you ask, and), either-way…

    Again, this SEEMS what the XE should have been from the very beginning,. BUT I will reserve final judgment until the vehicle is fully revealed.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      dude, that is NOT a good looking, premium looking car. If it were truly premium and stylish looking, people would buy them. Mercedes, BMW, Audi, sell, not just because of brand status, but also because they’re good looking cars – in and out. The Hyundai’s, Mazdas and Kias are better looking than the entire Jag Fleet

      • Mike anonymous

        I will reserve final judgement about this heavily-updated (hopefully on the interior too) vehicle, until it’s full reveal.

        Regarding the current XE (not the one shown above), I COMPLETELY agree. I have a family member who bought one, I remember seeing it when it first came out and I was very underwhelmed. After getting into one the situation didn’t get any better. But Nordscleife put a good example above.

        This feels like it will be a proper (from what I can tell) luxury vehicle, “How it should have been from the beginning”. Is it too late? well, only time will be able to tell, we will see.

      • Colin Rackham

        How can you say the 3 series is good looking on the inside, it hasn’t hardly changed in over 30 years and looks so dated!
        The Audis look ok and have the best interiors but are so bland to drive, and the Mercs are just glorified taxis with some of the noisiest diesels in production.
        The Korean and Japanese are reliable motors but not a car you would be proud to own.
        The XE and the Alfa Giulia are the only 2 cars in this class that are great to drive, are well equipped, have a long motorsport heritage, a name known around the world and are different to the rest of the oh so boring German offerings.

    • Nordschleife

      It’s almost akin to the last or first gen XF. Once it was updated in 2013 it looked like it should’ve looked from the beginning. Some will argue it’s too late but I know you understand me Mike.

      • Mike anonymous

        No yeah, that’s exactly what I mean. I totally understand @craigdoss:disqus

        • Nordschleife

          Happy holidays @mike anonymous. I knew you’d know what I mean.

          • Mike anonymous

            Aww thanks, @craigdoss:disqus that really means a lot, & definitely. Happy holidays!.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    forget about the face lift… THEY NEED TO WORK ON THEIR HORRID INTERIORS for the ENTIRE JAG FLEET

    • Jason Panamera

      Just put new I-Pace interior in XE and it will be good enough.

    • ksegg

      This a billion times. Cheap interior materials aside, the interior design is AWFUL.

    • flamin hot powah

      Make XJ Great Again.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Good. Hopefully in time for a comparo between the BMW, Merc, AUDI, Genesis, Infiniti, Lexus, ACURA, Volvo … and Stinger?

  • Merc1

    This car doesn’t stand a chance. Cheaply assembled, family car interior, forgettable styling. Unless something major is under that camo, they can forget it. The competitors mentioned own this segment more or less.

    M

    • Adi

      True.. I can’t believe that there are people that actually buy this.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Perhaps the people who buy Jag’s XE want something different that the commonplace German competition?

      • Merc1

        Gotta love the excuse of buying something different because the Germans are so good they’re “common place”. None of that erases the fact this this car is really pitiful.

        M

  • Six Thousand Times

    A nicer interior would do wonders.

    • SteersUright

      Very true, along with more clever packaging. The rear seat area is way too tight. Negates the point of a 4-door.

      • Six Thousand Times

        The 3er never had much of a back seat, though.

  • Rob German

    Still looks like a Ford Mondeo

    • SteersUright

      Nailed it

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      With all that cladding on? Wow. I’m amazed you’re able to see through it. You’ve got a real talent.

  • SteersUright

    If the chome on the pillars and base wheels are anything to go by, this will be another loser for Jag. They need to poach some talent from the Germans most desperately.

    • Matt

      The chrome pillars are most likely pre-production one-offs or just stickers put on for this prototype.

  • Adi

    It’s funny that you’re talking about Germans “cheapening” their interiors yet they’re still light years ahead of Jaguar. Jaguars always have cheapest interiors in class and that’s a fact that even UK reviewers can’t hide. And talking about concerning German reliability.. have you ever heard about JLR reliability?

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      There’s very little difference these days, whether you like it or not. The recalls that the German manufacturers are issuing these days are shocking. German reliability is a myth – you can blame the penny pinchers, fraudsters and marketing departments.

      • Merc1

        Again, do you want to get into how much JUNK that Jaguar and Land Rover have to recall to fix?

        You are delusional if you think that Jaguar is better than any of the German brand in any area.

        M

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          JLR hasn’t had to install dodgy software on their vehicles so they pass local regulations, like Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen. JLR hasn’t been forced by governments to recall cars due to fires, like BMW. JLR aren’t using under-powered engines straight from Renault, like Mercedes. JLR hasn’t sold cars with fake VIN plates, like Audi, to get around emissions laws. You either loved being ripped-off by rubbish companies or you’re being paid to write that rubbish.

          • Merc1

            Oh please man Jaguars are pretty junk. The have shitty build quality, paint, their electronics are 10 years behind and their engines are junk.

            You can keep hollering about that BS all you want, but the Germans are thriving while JLR is in deep doodoo and losing money.

            You’re obviously too stupid to see the big picture.

            M

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            How is it BS when it is factually correct? Your “reliability” and “company performance” argument fails to any mention facts and is built upon lazy opinion.

            Germans are thriving?”
            VW will lay off 30,000 workers by 2020 to save £3.2bn a year after being financially ravaged by the emissions scandal.

          • Merc1

            It’s BS because JLR has the lowest quality in the business and they are as brands on the bottom of most surveys. Show me where Land Rover ranks ahead of the Germans in quality. I’ll wait.

            I said Germans, meaning more than just one. VW is doing that because of their own doing, not because the market isn’t buying their cars. What part of that don’t you understand here? JLR is laying off and cutting production because of FALLING SALES. THE GERMANS ARE NOT. Mercedes and BMW are healthier than JLR by far and VW turn more money than JLR can ever hope to make.

            M

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            The Germans are fraudsters and you are their biggest victim! 😂

          • Merc1

            This coming a believer in British JUNK. Hilarious. This also means you’ve got nothing else. You’re done.

            M

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            When you grow and can actually afford a Mercedes, you really won’t believe they are that superior.

          • Merc1

            Like I said when you resort to personal insults you have nothing. I’ve already owned several Mercedes, BMW and Lexus models. Sorry, tray again.

            M

  • Merc1

    It’s a pitiful, also ran car with cheap interior, poor build quality and spotty reliability even compared to the Germans.

    No one said that everyone should choose a German car, that is your thinking.

    I just said that this is an awful car, you’re free to buy it if you want.

    Oh please, BMW is light years ahead of Jaguar. Their interiors are still better than Jaguar’s. Ditto for Audi. Tech, design, quality all LIGHT YEARS better than some developed on a shoe string budget Jaguar.

    The new A-Class has a better interior than the XE.

    Do you want to peruse Jaguar reliability horror stories?

    You have no case and you know it.

    M

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Think you know better than everyone else, when quite frankly you don’t. The research doesn’t live up to the long-outdated hype…

      Ever since 2007, Mercedes have not scored above average by Consumer Reports in regards to reliability. In 2014, Consumer Reports reported that the Mercedes CLA was not only the most unreliable Mercedes in the Auto Reliability Survey, but 140% worse than the average car.

      It’s a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to Volkswagen. The survey by WarrantyDirect found that Volkswagen were ninth in terms of unreliability, with 1 in 52 engines resulting in failure. Interestingly, this is better than their German counterparts, Audi and BMW, with a failure rate of 1 in 27 and 1 in 45 respectively. J.D Power rank Volkswagen even lower than the WarratyDirect survey, ranking them 2 out of 5 for overall dependability. This puts them in “The Rest” category, which is not the category you want to be in.

      Since 2007, BMW has not scored above average with Consumer Reports. In 2012, BMW 3 Series convertible topped a list of the five least reliable cars. The BMW 5 Series came third in that list. Not only that, but their research found that cars aged between four and eight years old are more likely than any other car to be off the road, with the 3 Series being the likeliest car to be so. Back in 2010, Consumer Reports Best Cars study placed BMW as one of the least reliable in most of the classes and categories.

      In a recent report by WarrantyWise, Audi came 28th. This dependability rating was based on the number of reported faults or breakdowns. The 2018 JD Power Survey actually stated The Vauxhall Insignia is the most reliable large family car for the third year in a row, ahead of not just the Ford Mondeo, but the BMW 3 Series Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 too. 😂

      • Merc1

        Jaguar and Land Rover ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF EVERY QUALITY SURVEY THERE IS.

        Sorry, but you have no case. You’re talking about 2012 and 2010, what about today?

        Where does Land Rover stand? AT THE BOTTOM.

        MERCEDES-BENZ is more reliable than all of them.

        Mercedes has scored above average in JDP dependability more years than Jaguar has been in the survey. Period.

        Consumer Reports is predicting reliability.

        Jaguar doesn’t score higher and we all know Land Rover doesn’t.

        JLR is now loosing money and cutting production with their tired cars. Guess who isn’t losing money while you’re stupidly talking about where they place in surveys.

        I’m sorry but I couldn’t care less about a Opel anything or Mondeo, they aren’t sold here in the U.S.

        JLR builds good looking, good driving JUNK. Land Rovers are particularly nice, but fragile and they’re crap quality and everyone knows it while you try to cherry pick certain years and models THE BRAND IS AT THE BOTTOM, ALONG WITH JAGUAR.

        M

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          Your mother really shouldn’t have dropped you on your head at birth. 😂

          • Merc1

            Like I thought you don’t have anything left.

            You clearly were dropped on yours if you think JLR quality, tech, reliability is better than the Germans. Land Rover in particular is at the BOTTOM of every survey going.

            M

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            More lies. 😂

          • Merc1

            Nope, show me where Land Rover or Jaguar is ranked higher than Mercedes is quality, reliability or durability. You can’t come up with anything.

            You’re done.

            M

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