Next-Gen XE will look different to the current model as Jaguar targets greater degree of separation from the larger XF sedan
Jaguar unveiled its entry-level luxury crossover, the E-Pace, yesterday to rival against the likes of BMW X1 and Audi Q3. The E-Pace has quite an aggressive styling in our opinion as it takes inspiration from the F-Type sportscar. Having the stereotype of Jags being big and opulent, the E-Pace is quite compact and modern and we give big thumbs up for that.
Jaguar has its eyes set on increasing the global market share right from the introduction of the XE sedan which did all the goods in sales numbers in recent times. While the E-Pace will follow the same philosophy, a report suggested that there could be a more compact model waiting in the wings for future arrival.
In a conversation with Autocar, Jaguar’s design head Ian Callum stated that the British luxury manufacturer does not currently have any plans to make a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 but as they are popular and rack in customers, there could be a possibility in the coming years.
Within the growing family of compact models, Callum has confirmed that the next avatar of XE will stick with rear-wheel drive configuration. Considering the competition being RWD, it is no-brainer to think that Jaguar would put huge money into changing what has already been successful.
But, Callum further said that the brand will work towards bringing a significant identity for the XE in comparison with the larger XF. The differentiators could begin from the way they look as the front fascia is expected to be altered with distinctive headlamps, bumper and air intake.
They are said to have more flexible front while using the same grille. Callum is positive about developing new electric models from the same architecture that underpins the forthcoming I-Pace. Its production version will make global debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this September with an electric range close to 500 km.