Jaguar has introduced the facelifted 2020 XE.
Looking more aggressive than its predecessor, the model has been equipped with a sportier front bumper that features larger air intakes. Designers also installed new LED headlights which have a ‘J’ blade accents.
The changes are continues out back, as Jaguar installed slimmer LED taillights. The rear bumper has also been changed and it looks a tad sportier than before.
Drivers looking for something more aggressive can order the R-Dynamic variant which features dark mesh accents and special wheels. The changes continue in the cabin as the model has sport seats, contrast stitching and “R-Dynamic” sill plates.
The interior of the XE has always been a bit lackluster, but Jaguar claims “Every aspect of the cabin has been enhanced for increased convenience, improved stowage and better passenger comfort.” As part of this effort, the 2020 XE gains a new steering wheel and an available Touch Pro Duo infotainment system which features a lower 5.5-inch touchscreen display.
The model can also be equipped with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a new ClearSight rearview camera mirror which promises to give drivers an “unobstructed view of the road behind.” Other new additions include a wireless smartphone charger and a SportShift gear selector sourced from the F-Type. There’s also Smart Settings technology which “uses artificial intelligence to learn the preferences of individual drivers and adjusts seat, mirror, audio and climate settings automatically.”
In the United States, there will be only be two engine options. The XE S starts at $39,900 and features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 247 hp (184 kW / 250 PS). Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel is available for an additional $2,000.
Fans can also order the XE R-Dynamic S which has a base price of $46,295. That’s a sizable jump, but the car comes standard with all-wheel drive and upgraded four-cylinder producing 296 hp (221 kW / 300 PS).
Jaguar didn’t mention whether or not the diesel-powered XE will continued to be offered in America, but the company stated “We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and petrol engines.”
In Europe, the diesel lives on as customers can order the XE D180 which features a diesel engine that produces 177 hp (132 kW / 180 PS) and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque.