Facelifted versions of the new Jaguar XE have been spied on public roads in Coventry, ahead of the cars upcoming 2019 launch.
While the test mules pictured here are heavily camouflaged, we don’t expect Jaguar to change the XE’s styling too much with its first proper refresh. The LED headlights will likely receive a mild update, as will the front and rear bumpers and interior trim. Semi-autonomous technology could also be implemented, as well as infotainment upgrades across the range.
The biggest changes are likely to feature under the skin. With Jaguar recently downsizing the XE’s engine range and launching its revolutionary I-Pace SUV, it looks set to forge ahead with its plans for future electromobility. As a result, the new XE is expected to adopt fuel-saving mild-hybrid (MHEV) tech for the first time. It’s unlikely we’ll see an EV version of the BMW 3 Series rival in this generation, however.
The 12 and 48-volt mild-hybrid tech would help lower emissions by switching the engine off when it’s not needed. It should provide a coasting function, as well as a seamless stop/start system for stop-go city driving. No official economy figures have been announced yet, but this new system should help improve efficiency by around 10 per cent.
There’s little reason why the tech couldn’t be fitted to JLR’s latest range of Ingenium engines, so it’s highly likely the current range will be carried over wholesale. That means a choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines – with each unit boasting a belt alternator starter and lithium-ion battery.
Jaguar will continue to offer the XE with a choice of rear and four-wheel drive, although it’s not clear whether the entry-level manual box will be dropped. As the six-cylinder XE S was removed from the range earlier this year, it’s not expected to feature at all in the revised 2019 line-up.
Given the styling and kit upgrades, as well as the potential extra tech, we expect a slight rise in the current Jaguar XE’s £28,300 starting price. With the brand targeting a 2019 launch, there is a good chance we’ll first see the undisguised car at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
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