2015 Jaguar XE in-car technologyJaguar has released the first image of the 2015 XE saloon’s interior in a preview of the new BMW 3 Series-fighting car’s ‘fully connected’ on-board technology.

Based around a central 8-inch touchscreen display, Jaguar’s long-awaited new InControl infotainment technology helps in-car tech be “an integral part of your driving experience” on-board the XE, said Dr Mike Bell, Jaguar global connected car director.

As his title suggests, the XE is a connectible car: Smartphone users can, via an iOS or Android handset, use the Jaguar InControl Remote system to, for example, lock and unlock doors or pre-set the XE’s climate control.

Users can even, remarkably, start the engine via the InControl Remote app.

Conversely, inside the car, Jaguar InControl Apps allows smartphone apps to be accessed via the touchscreen. The Jaguar XE will also act as a wi-fi hotspot and Jaguar says the car aerial “provides the best possible signal”.

World-first laser head-up display

The new Jaguar XE will also become one of the few junior executive cars to boast a head-up display – and Jaguar is going to ensure it beats the BMW 3 Series here from the off, by fitting an industry-first laser head-up display.

This promises sharp, high-contrast colour images and will display information such as sat nav instructions “with maximum clarity and minimum distraction”. It’s also a third lighter than existing market systems.

“With the all-new XE we’re introducing an entire suite of cutting-edge driver aids and entertainment systems,” said Dr. Bell.

“Designed and developed from scratch, they will ensure that every journey you take is simpler, more relaxing, safer, and effortlessly enjoyable.”

Jaguar XE interior design

2015 Jaguar XE interior

The X-ray image of the XE interior released by Jaguar reveals the overall architecture of the interior: the centre console is tall (no F-Type electric pop-up central air vents here), the driver faces twin cowled dials with a central display screen, and the dash itself is set within a sweeping arch that dips down at each side, presumably for a sportier feel.

Jaguar has retained plentiful buttons for the climate control, and a slot for a CD, and has fitted a steering wheel similar to that in the F-Type.

Not shown is a gearlever: we’ll have to wait until September 8th, and the car’s reveal in London, to see if it will keep the rotary gearshifter of the XE, or switch to the pistol grip gearlever of the F-Type.

This is the third of four technical previews Jaguar will issue, prior to the XE’s London reveal. With previous details on aluminium architecture and chassis technology (plus the first ‘real XE’ reveal with the help of Emeli Sandé, the Jaguar XE picture is slowly becoming clear. Does it all add up to a BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4 challenger?