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.