Order books for the Jaguar XE are now open. Prospective customers can spec their own car on the online configurator at http://rules.config.jaguar.com/jdx/en_gb/xe/ . Be careful though, because I soon managed to configure a car which was the wrong side of £50,000. Saying that, an XE S would sit rather nicely on the drive.
With its dynamic design and classic rear-drive stance, the XE is set to be the most head-turning car in its class. But it also features a range of innovations: an aluminium-intensive monocoque; double wishbone and Integral Link suspension for peerless driving dynamics; and a range of powerful and efficient engines.
It’s packed with technology, too. Sat Nav and Jaguar’s brand-new InControl infotainment system come as standard, as does a forward facing stereo camera that enables autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition.
But customers looking to personalise their vehicle will be able to choose from a range of paint colours, interior trims, alloy wheels and exterior packs. Plus they will be able to specify a range of hi-tech kit like a Laser Head-Up Display, which projects speedo and Sat Nav information onto the windscreen; a Wi-Fi hot spot, to ensure driver and passengers are always connected; and Cabin Pre-Heat via Remote, to allow drivers to make sure their car is at a perfect temperature every time they get in.
And that’s not all, with other optional equipment including Adaptive Cruise Control, Jaguar Smart Key System with Keyless Start, a Meridian Audio system, Bi-function HID Xenon Headlamps with LED Signature daytime running lights, and Blind Spot Monitor, every XE owner will be able to make sure their car comes equipped with everything they could ever need.