Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has launched the new Jaguar XE sports sedan in Malaysia on 28 January 2016 at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian Park in Kuala Lumpur. The XE now completes the Jaguar sedan car range in Malaysia, taking its place alongside the XF and XJ model lines. The new XE is the smallest, lightest and stiffest Jaguar sedan yet, and comes packed with many ground-breaking features.
According to JLRM managing director Tuan Syed Mudzhar Syed Ali, the Jaguar XE redefines the concept of the sports sedan.
“Its lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior and outstanding ride and handling make it a true driver’s car. In the XE, Jaguar has come up with a winner that is definitely a serious contender in the mid-size luxury sedan segment,” he said.
The rear wheel-drive XE is the only vehicle in its class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque. This extremely robust yet light structure, together with double wishbone front suspension and an Integral Link rear axle, is fundamental to the XE’s innovative benchmark vehicle dynamics. JLRM claims that this results in a more exhilarating drive with exceptional fuel economy.
The aluminium-intensive XE is the first model developed from Jaguar Land Rover’s new modular vehicle architecture. The long 2,835mm wheelbase and low seating position provide good proportions and a streamlined profile. The new XE has a drag coefficient of only 0.26, making it the most aerodynamic Jaguar ever and one of the best in its class.
The XE comes with some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available, also marking the debut of the All Surface Progress Control (ASPC). The system was developed through decades of Jaguar Land Rover experience in off-road traction systems, and electronically maximises low-speed traction in adverse road conditions.
Another new feature, JaguarDrive Control, allows drivers to select Normal, Eco, Dynamic or Winter modes, each subtly changing the steering and throttle mapping. Eco mode encourages fuel-efficient driving while Dynamic mode sharpens the throttle response and increases steering weighting. By selecting Winter mode, the system automatically dampens acceleration and applies more gradual traction for slippery conditions, but this is a feature that will most likely never see use in Malaysia.
The new Jaguar XE is equipped with Torque Vectoring by braking – the state-of-the-art technology that has been proven on the F-TYPE Coupé. This high-tech innovation mitigates the onset of understeer by lightly braking individual inner wheels as required to help keep the car on the optimum line through corners. The result is more neutral handling, reduced steering effort and more control of the car.
The Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) delivers immediate and precise response and the connected feel expected of a Jaguar sports sedan, providing the driver with new levels of driveability, manoeuvrability and steering precision.
The XE’s luxurious cabin sees exquisite materials and finishes combined with Jaguar craftsmanship making a class-beating interior. The rear seats can comfortably accommodate three adults while a spacious 455-litre boot means plenty of luggage space, enough for a couple of golf bags, and if more space is needed, the rear seats come with flexible 40:20:40 folding capabilities.
Jaguar’s new InControl Touch infotainment system features an innovative 8-inch touchscreen with a clear, intuitive graphical interface and fast response times.
There are two (2) options for the audio system – the Jaguar Sound System delivers acoustic range and power to XE’s interior with 80W, four channels and six speakers, while you can also opt for a higher specification system, the 380W Meridian Sound System, designed in conjunction with British audio experts Meridian specifically for XE, offering superb audio reproduction through 12 channels and 11 speakers including a subwoofer.
JLRM is offering three variants of the XE – Prestige, R-Sport and S. The Prestige is powered by a 2.0-litre 200PS 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine while the R-Sport comes with a more powerful 240PS version of the same engine. The flagship S variant is equipped with a 3.0-litre 340PS V6 supercharged petrol engine that is also found in the F-TYPE. All three variants come with an 8-speed automatic transmission system.
Prices start from RM340,000 for the Jaguar XE Prestige, RM365,000 for the R-Sport and RM580,000 for the top-of-the-range Jaguar XE S. (Prices include GST but exclude registration, road tax and insurance.) For a premium ownership experience, every XE comes with a five-year or 150,000km warranty and three-year roadside assist. Owners of the 2.0-litre Prestige and R-Sport also enjoy a five-year or 80,000km free scheduled maintenance while the 3.0-litre S variant has a five-year or 65,000km package, whichever comes first.
To celebrate the arrival of this latest addition to the Jaguar family in Malaysia, every new Jaguar XE comes with an exclusive accessories package worth RM10, 000. The XE Launch Accessories package includes illuminated sill tread plates for the front, steering wheel-mounted gear shift paddles in Aluminium Red, specially-designed gear selector with premium dark leather top and rubber bezel with soft-touch grip, and unique tyre valve caps with a choice of four iconic designs. (The offer is valid for a limited number of units and for a limited time only, while stocks last.)
For more information on the new Jaguar XE and the complete range of Jaguar models available in Malaysia, head over towww.jaguar.com.my or visit the authorised dealers – Sime Darby Auto ConneXion Petaling Jaya, SISMA Auto Glenmarie and SISMA Auto Kuala Lumpur (http://www.sismaauto.com/).