2020 Jaguar XE Facelift Gains Sportier Styling, Upgraded Tech

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.

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  • Bo Hanan

    An improvement but the interior is similar to what you can get in a Hyundai Sonata.

    • Sovereignty

      The Hyundai Sonata is full of cheap plastics. The Jaguar is decent.

  • vvmdrf

    This is how it should it should have looked from the beginning. Very nice exterior lift. Tech is appreciated but interior is still drab. Seats look like they were taken straight out of an economy car.

    • Mike anonymous

      I literally came here to comment/say pretty much the exact same thing. Agreed.

      (Also the seats are ok, they’re not bad. I suppose it’s less that they were taken from an economy car, and more so that economy cars are beginning to use higher-end seats in their vehicles.)

      • Bo Hanan

        I did, actually…

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    I feel as though I should want to like this car.

  • Leconte Dave

    Still a Jaguar

    • Matt

      Thanks for the clarification.

      • Leconte Dave

        Anytime 😘

  • Matthijs

    Finally it looks now how it should be. It used to be so anonymous from the rear

    • Mike anonymous

      Anonymous“?!?… Good SIR!, ☝️I will have you know…


      … ‘Anonymous’ Is nothing to be ashamed of. (lol)

      (All kidding aside, I do agree. Prior to this (and even when it originally debuted) it seemed to feel ‘dated. This is how it should have looked when it originally debuted’.)

      • SteersUright

        I dont understand the new greying out of parts of people’s comments. What is that about?

        • Astonman

          Damn Millenials! 🙂

  • heat_fan1

    Improved visually, as most facelifts are. But no more V6? That’s disappointing.

    • botornot387

      i suspect this may be rectified as there is a new turbo six that should be better in all aspects expect maybe noise, now launching in the Range Rover. As good as the supercharged six sounded, it was unrefined, had horrible gas mileage, lacked the performance of competitors, and was too heavy considering it was really an 8 with two non working cylinders.

  • Callanish

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Jaguar, reliability warts and all. They really need a sales win especially considering their current financial position.

    • Roland Fairwater

      Totally agree.

    • SteersUright

      I think all enthusiasts do. I’d love to see them get back on track and produce some beautiful and exciting vehicles.

  • no25

    Looks good! But man, Jaguar interiors are horrible. You can find a Ford with a nicer layout than that.

  • mecheng1

    No V6 or V8 option? Mehh

    • Six Thousand Times

      They keep promising us an Ingenium I-6 sometime soon.

      • mecheng1

        Agreed. Yes a straight six is an excellent configuration! But I think that Jaguar need a “halo” model to get customers into their showrooms. I have an F type V8S which perhaps met that requirement? but after driving the XE Project 8 on the track at PBIR, I cannot understand why they don’t bring out a version to compete with/beat the AMG C63s. The Project 8 is a terrific fast car, but at $187K ! and only 300 built a collectors car. What’s the point? Nobody has heard about it. Why not build it for $90K and blow away the Germans? This would be a stunning car to draw customers to the showroom. Nurburgring 7m 21.2s !!
        Or how about a replacement for the XK? The V8S F type is a beast, but it is on the small side inside. But what do I know. Keep building ingenium diesels or whatever, and 2.0l 4 cylinders like Kia and Hyundai, except not as reliable, ………and go bust. That’s a business plan.

  • john1168

    Will this interior upgrade also be available on the F-Pace? Because it too desperately needs an upgrade.

    • Sovereignty

      Coming soon.

  • SteersUright

    Doesnt work. Looks like aftermarket upgrades inside, and tired, same-ol, same-ol on the outside. Also, Jaguar and 4-cylinders sounds about as sexy as wheatgrass shots. No special powertrains, no special design, reasonably good handling, why ever buy this over the newly launched and vastly superior and more interesting all new 3-series?


    • Ron

      Umm, why are you yelling about fake vents?


    • Sovereignty

      More of the same comments typed in nothing but capitals.


        • Sovereignty

          Thought it was your sister you usually call “babe”?


          • Sovereignty

            Perhaps you should go back to school and learn how to use upper and lower case letters. I’m guessing English isn’t your first language? 😂

    • Enter Ranting

      But how would everyone know how sporty these cars are without huge fake grilles? Especially in the REAR bumper?

  • Squint hard.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Like the upgrades but the dash is still a little too dull. Pity Jaguar is afraid of its “wood and leather” heritage. Done with restraint, that could really be a USP.

  • Nordschleife

    I always thought the most expensive XE looked decent. It was only the lesser models that gave me pause. With that being said, I like the refresh. I think many of us agree that while it’s a nice refresh it might be to little to late. Hopefully with the interior upgrade they also address some of the interior materials as well. I guess we know what the XF and F-Pace interiors will looks like since I swear the shared much of the same one.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    Gawd, this is beautiful

  • rover10

    What is the point of the lower series? Jag should just sell the top spec exterior with engine options. I wonder if it’s time for Jag to become more radical as we saw with Lexus? Should they now attempt to make truly wild sporty designs, that stretch the style envelope? More on the lines of their all electric vehicle, yet even more expressive.

  • Adam Ziółkowski

    You should try an R-Sport RWD. It eats 3-series in every corner.

  • raikkonen

    It’s so nondescript…

    It’s clean, and pleasant, but I unfortunately think it will only join the ranks of all of the 10 year old x-types and s-types buzzing around Detroit with garbage bags duct taped for their rear windows, permanently riding on their temporary spare wheel.

    For the sake of the company, I do hope it does well..

    The next XF however will really have to move the bar, as that has to be the single blandest luxury car on sale today…

  • Better improved the quality as well, JLR needs to maintain their customer.

  • Bo Hanan

    An improvement, but-

  • Big Black Duck

    idk..looks very low budget looking

  • MarkoS

    Nice enough updates, but the interiors need a lot of work. It is time to WOW us again Jaguar.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I actually think the interior looks good. It is luxurious restraint with a tech bent…no gimmick and nicely executed. I think the exterior is nicely updated but dated now.

      • Bo Hanan

        NO better than a Honda Accord.

      • MarkoS

        It about materials, fir & finish, scales and shape for me. It should be much better.

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