January 28, 2016 @ 04:24 PM

Feel the growl of the Jaguar XE

This is one good looking car! Beware rivals, this Jaguar is looking to conquer in a loud way.

It growls, that was one of the first thing that was said at the launch. The brand new Jaguar XE was tuned to growl like, well, a jaguar and the creators are not ashamed to flaunt it. With the introduction of the XE, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia now has a complete sedan range with the XF and the XJ model.

The Jaguar XE is the company's best work yet, with the first in class aluminium-intensive monocoque, the XE is the smallest, lightest and stiffest sedan Jaguar has ever created. It is also thanks to the unique aluminium monocoque that won the XE title of the safest car of its class recently at the Euro NCAP awards.

Jaguar claims that the XE shares the same suspension set up as the widely acclaimed F-Type. Double-wishbones hold up the front while the rear sits on an Integral Link rear axle, giving the car the same driving dynamics as the F-Type. Nice!

Measuring in at 4672mm, the Jaguar XE has a wheelbase that sits at 2835mm long, this allowed the Jaguar designers to create perfect proportions and a streamlined profile. The XE also has a drag coefficient of only 0.26, that makes the XE the most aerodynamically designed Jaguar ever and one of the most aerodynamically designed in its class as well!

Not only does the car have good looks and good drag coefficient numbers, the XE is also jam packed with the latest technologies from the company. The XE is also the first time that Jaguar has introduced the All Surface Progress Control, the system electronically maximises low-speed traction in adverse road conditions to give you the best traction on every surface.

Another transfer from the F-Type Coupe is the Torque Vectoring by braking function that mitigates the onset of understeer giving the XE more neutral handling and a better driving experience. The XE is also equipped with EPAS to deliver immediate and precise response giving the XE new levels of manoeuvrability and steering precision to make it a true driverís car.

Jaguar has also installed the JaguarDrive Control in the XE. You can now select Normal, Eco, Dynamic or Winter modes that will subtly change the steering and throttle mapping. As usual Eco helps encourages fuel efficiency while Dynamic sharpens the throttle response and increases steering weight as for Winter, don't worry although our country has no 'ice' phenomenon this mode will still come in handy when you encounter slippery conditions, like if you ever decide to go off-roading.

On the inside, the seats are covered in lush leather with a number of colour schemes for you to choose from along with a special Jaguar Sound System that delivers acoustic range and power via four channels and six speakers. You can choose to upgrade the sound system to the optional 380W Meridian Sound System that was designed specifically for the XE blasting sound from 12 channels and 11 speakers including a subwoofer.

But the one feature that Jaguar wants to direct your attention to is the Jaguar InControl Touch. The infotainment system is an innovative eight-inch touchscreen that features a clear, intuitive graphical interface that allows iPod integration, Bluetooth Streaming, Dynamic Volume Control and SD Card Navigation.

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia is bringing in three variants for the XE and the most fuel efficient diesel variant is not one of them. The base variant is the Prestige that is powered by a 2.0-litre 197bhp four-cynlinder turbocharged petrol engine. The R-Sport, also known as the mid-range XE comes with a more powerful 237bhp version of that same engine.

The range topper is the flagship S Variant which is equipped with a 3.0-litre 335bhp V6 supercharged petrol engine. In other words, this familiar engine is the same as the one hidden in the stylish F-Type. All three variants are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission system.

Prices of the XE variants are listed below:
Jaguar XE Prestige : RM340,000
Jaguar XE R-Sport : RM365,000
Jaguar XE S             : RM580,000

Each XE also comes with their own five-year or 150,000 warranty and three-year roadside assist. Owners of the Prestige and R-Sport also get a five-year or 80,000km free schedule maintenance while the XE S variant has a five-year or 65,000km package.

Good news is, to celebrate the addition of the XE to the Jaguar family in Malaysia, JLRM will include an exclusive accessories package worth RM10,000. The Launch Accessories package includes illuminated sill tread plates, steering wheel-mounted gear shift paddles in Aluminium Red, specially designed gear selector along with unique tyre valve caps with a choice of four iconic designs.

Trust me when I say this: you donít want to miss out on the Launch Accessories package, it just makes the XE look so much more cooler! Now we canít wait to get behind the wheel of this beautiful and stylish Jaguar.

Jerrica Leong

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