The upcoming 2017 XE S is more than luxury and style. It is about getting in the amazing high-performance sedans’ segment with really good bets. This new Jaguar is offering a supreme combination of power, comfort, and good looks. But, this is going to be enough to compete with the two fierce leaders of the segment, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW?
Despite the clear inclination we have been, at Up and Coming Cars, for the German car makers, we are fair. This a model is good and awesome, that is what we are going to state. So don’t worry. In this matter, we are going to say a few good things about this new model.
Let’s take a further look.
Powertrain and World-Class Specs
The 2017 XE S doesn’t need a massive power plant to perform well. The supercharged intercooled 3.0 L V6 engine with aluminum block and heads does an amazing job. The 340 hp generated at 6500 RPM and the maximum torque rated at 332 lb-ft at 4500 RPM are more than enough to move with haste the 3787 lb (1718 kg) full-size sedan.
Along with this engine, the 2017 XE S enjoys an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting, allowing a zero to 60 mph (100 km/h) acceleration in 4.5 seconds. The top speed, in the other hand, is electronically limited by the ECU. This powertrain setup allows a fuel efficiency of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg for the highway.
The driving experience is highly enhanced by the multiple transmission modes available, which ones makes a great job exploiting the possibilities. The steering could be better, by the way. But the chassis allows exciting experiences on the road. “Great stability” and “entertaining agility” are both really appropriate for describing the overall driving behavior.
In terms of suspension, we get double wishbone in the front and multi-link in the rear end. Massive, cutting-edge Pirelli P Zero rubber provides stunning grip, helping the stopping power to be rated at 151 ft (46 meters) when the 70-to-zero test is executed.
Brawny Look and Abundant Opulence
The 2017 XE S features a breath-taking style based on bold, aggressive design, showing off a lot of muscle. But wait a second: is this XE S a luxury sedan? Of course, it is. Don’t be confused by the impressive numbers and its agile and athletic look.
What can we say about the exterior form? First, it looks mean and imposing. If you see one in your rear mirror, the LED headlights will scream you that you must get out of its way. The classic grille is there and we appreciate it. The elegant line from end to end gives a unique sporty look, inspired by others members of the lineup. The 2017 XE S also offers highly sporty 20-inch Pirelli P Zero tires, as we already mentioned, while the wheels are sexier enough for the most exquisite tastes.
Inside, as expected from a luxury sedan in this category, the comfort is abundant. The 14-way leather-upholstered seats deliver a supreme experience. Along with the equipment, there is a lot of space, improving the capacities for both front and rear passengers. The InControl Touch infotainment platform is in charge inside the cockpit, delivering a worthy and proper experience for a luxury sedan. Unfortunately, the interface and its performance are unpleasant.
The Bottom Line
The track-based spirit of the F-Type is widely present in this model, mainly in charge of the athletic skills. Is way, Jaguar is getting back to the game without a doubt. Models like the XJ and the F-Type, both already mentioned in this blog, are refreshing the maker’s face.
The price tag for the 2017 XE S will be around the US$48.000 mark, making its principal rival in the segment the 3 Series from BMW.