The event will debut Jaguar’s new compact sports saloon, a segment which the firm says it created more than half a century ago with cars such as the Mark II. The XE is a “true driver’s car”, promises Jaguar – and in the first of four technical previews between now and September 8th, it has outlined four reasons why Mike Cross, chief engineer of vehicle integrity, reckons it’s on target to “deliver a vehicle that dynamically outperforms our rivals”:
- Integral Link rear suspension
- F-Type-derived front suspension
- Class-leading steering feel
- All Surface Progress Control
“Jaguars have always been renowned for a balance of precise handling and a high-quality ride,” said Cross. “The XE is the culmination of everything the company has learned over the years.” He makes particular note of the Integral Link rear suspension, which “provides a combination of supple ride and crisp handling that is unmatched in this segment.”
No other car has Integral Link rear suspension and Jaguar says it’s better than multi-link because it provides plentiful lateral and longitudinal stiffness; factor in ample use of forged or hollow-cast aluminium and you have both sharp response and a “refined, luxurious” ride.
The subframe-mounted double wishbone front suspension is another ‘purist’ layout, and uses cast aluminium suspension towers plus forged components elsewhere: construction is so clever, some of it’s actually been patented. The design is based on the layout of the F-Type and is as stiff as the XFR in places.
For the first time, Jaguar’s using an EPAS electric power steering setup for the XE: surprisingly, it says latest software algorithms “allow much greater scope for tuning than hydraulic-based systems and deliver better quality steering feel”. EPAS better than hydraulic? You read it here first.
All Surface Progress Control is another first: this actually uses experience from the Land Rover off-road traction control team, to boost rear-drive off-the-line traction by acting as what Jaguar describes as a “low-speed cruise control”. It will enhance rear-drive traction even in really slippery conditions: has Jaguar made the rear-drive XE winter-proof?
More inside-story news of the Jaguar XE will follow in coming weeks, promises the firm, detailing its advanced all-aluminium architecture, driver aids and Ingenium engine range. If you can’t wait for those, check out our other insights into the new 2015 Jaguar XE:
- Jaguar XE rear revealed in official new image
- Jaguar XE shape revealed in new teaser
- Jaguar XE ‘will be alive’ promises top exec
- JLR Ingenium engines WILL be class-leading, promises firm