We were invited the other night by Jaguar Philippines to the launch of the all-new XE, and while pictures of the car had been circulating online, there was nothing like seeing this all-new Jag in the metal. This cat is quite a looker.
Design-wise, the XE is a feat, being the most aerodynamic Jaguar to ever hit our market. It's the first model to be built in the British carmaker's single-shell design, giving it a nearly seamless flow from front to back to go along with its aggressive overall look. Its aluminum density is an impressive 75%, meaning this car is pretty light--perfect for chasing down prey.
Under the hood, the XE packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to an eight-speed transmission. The powerplant is available in two ratings, one capable of 197hp and 280Nm, and another producing 237hp and 340Nm. Both feature Jaguar's refined exhaust gas-recirculation system, providing the latest in exhaust gas after-treatment tech. The electronic brake system is lighter and more powerful than in older Jaguar models, making for a safer and more stable driving experience.
Interior-wise, this Jag is a sight for sore eyes. There are techinical fabrics, textured aluminum, contemporary wood veneer, a carbon-fiber trim, fine-grain leathers and contrasting cross-needle stitching. Both driver and passenger will be surrounded from head to toe with the choicest materials. The craftsmanship's attention to detail is superb. The XE also features an eight-inch touchscreen instrument panel, as well as ample headroom and legroom. A low seating position gives the interior a cockpit-like vibe. Safety-wise, the XE has a blind spot monitoring sensor, which we're sure will come in handy in Philippine streets.
The XE is definitely looking to be the new apex predator, and it certainly has both the looks and the performance to match. But does it have what it takes to become king of the jungle? A test drive will answer that. In the meantime, we say this is one feline nobody wants to mess with.
Photos by Drei Laurel