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2016 Jaguar XE: Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?

We’ve seen the 2016 Jaguar XE sedan before, but only from afar while it made the rounds at last year’s Geneva and Paris Auto Shows. Jaguar’s compact, rear-wheel-drive competition to the BMW 3 Series finally gets a proper American introduction at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and we think folks are going to like what this Jag brings to the table. Using lightweight aluminum construction, up-to-date infotainment systems and an optional supercharged 3.0-liter V6 rated at 340 horsepower, with all-wheel drive available as an upgrade, the XE looks to be a no-apologies alternative to those that dominate this popular segment.

And we now know that it will offer a turbodiesel 4-cylinder, too.

We’d heard rumors about a diesel XE for the U.S. market, but in our experience, such rumors usually don’t come to fruition. It’s expensive to certify a diesel on our shores, and many automakers decide that it’s just not worth the investment. You have to admire Jaguar’s moxie for actually following through. This is a niche company, after all, with hopes of expanding its modest market share quickly, and diesels usually don’t show up until this goal has been achieved.

But Jaguar thinks that a diesel option across its lineup could help raise the company’s profile, so the XE will offer diesel power right off the bat. In fact, it won’t just offer it; the Ingenium turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine will come standard on the XE when it debuts next year, according to current information, with the supercharged V6 serving as a high-performance alternative. Jaguar’s Detroit press release also suggests that a manual transmission will be offered. We don’t have specs yet, but we expect a typical torque-rich diesel driving experience, with 40-plus highway miles per gallon as a real possibility. Stay tuned as this story develops in the months ahead; it’s one we’ll be following closely.

How Much?

No official pricing has been announced for this model.

When Can You Get It?

Likely early 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

You’re tired of the same old options in this segment. The 2016 Jaguar XE looks like it’s the real deal, and it’s exclusive enough to make you feel like you’re driving something special.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 BMW 3 Series Clearly the XE’s number-one target, the 3 Series continues to set the standard with its excellent road manners, accomplished engines and understated luxury.

2015 Lexus IS It’s easy to forget how good the current IS really is. Lexus went all-out with this one, and the exquisitely trimmed interior is just one example.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Redesigned for 2015, the C-Class offers elegant styling, a revamped interior with more visual interest and a strong new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

Used BMW M3 If you’re into performance, let depreciation ease your transition into one of the best sport sedans ever built, the previous-generation M3 (2008-2013) with its 414-hp V8.

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