The new 2019 Jaguar XE has been spotted testing, keep reading for all the latest price, specs and release date
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With the prospect of a new BMW 3 Series looming large on the horizon, the team over at Jaguar must be getting a sweat on. A big one. A facelifted version of the current Jaguar XE is therefore needed, and fast.
Thankfully, our spies have caught that very model undergoing testing. What changes can we expect? Well, you’d have to presume nothing significant enough to stop the BMW juggernaut, but maybe enough to keep it in its sights. That means revised exterior and interior fittings and the potential for a 48V power supply and resulting mild-hybrid technology.
2019 Jaguar XE price and release date
The 2019 Jaguar isn’t likely to cost a huge lot more than the current model, which starts from £31,500 and (if you ignore the left-hand-drive Project 8) tops out £45,600. That would keep it broadly in line with alternatives such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4, which is itself in line for a facelift.
2019 Jaguar XE styling
If there’s one thing that doesn’t need to change about the 2019 Jaguar XE it is its styling. Its ground-hugging grille and piercing headlights still look the business so don’t expect anything massively new, though, Jaguar wouldn’t have bothered putting the heavy camouflage on the car in our pictures if literally, nothing had changed. The XE’s flowing flanks and gently muscled wheel arches will also stay the same but you can expect a token selection of new alloy wheels ranging from 19 to 20 inches in size. The back, meanwhile, will get the same treatment as the front with ever-so-slightly reshaped bumpers and redesigned LED tail lights.
2019 Jaguar XE interior
The 2019 Jaguar XE’s interior is an area that would benefit from attention – the current XE already suffers from build quality that just can’t quite match rivals and an infotainment system that’s a touch unintuitive. Unfortunately, it’s only likely to be the former that’ll improve. Expect to see new, higher-quality plastics and revised trim pieces – but nothing at all radical.
2019 Jaguar XE engines
If ‘radical’ is what you’re looking for then you’re most likely to find it in the 2019 Jaguar XE’s engines and electrical system. That’s because some versions are tipped to be moving to a 48V electrical system that could be used to power the car’s water pump and air-conditioning system.
Relieving the engine from directly powering (via a belt) these high-demand ancillaries would help boost fuel economy – such a system could conceivably help the current 200hp 2.0-litre i4p petrol improve its fuel economy from its present 38.7mpg figure to more like 45mpg. The same system could also power a large starter motor that could chime in with immediate shove for short bursts of acceleration.
All of which sounds exciting, but only time will tell if it is enough to keep the XE competitive with the new BMW 3 Series. Sign up for our newsletter at the top of your screen or bookmark this page to get all the latest when we have it.