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2017 Jaguar XE unveiled in LA, gains AWD & new features

July 11, 2016

The U.S.-spec 2017 Jaguar XE has made its debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show. The 2017 XE introduced in LA has gained all-wheel drive system and new features including next-gen infotainment system and Apple Watch connectivity. There will be three models on offer – XE 25t, XE 20d and XE 35t. The entry-level 25t is priced at US$34,900.

The XE 25t is powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine producing 240 hp (179 kW) and 251 lb.-ft. (340 Nm) of torque with power being sent only to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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The XE 20d sources power from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel mill from the Ingenium engine range. This unit belts out 180 hp (134 kW) and 318 lb.-ft. (431 Nm) of peak torque output that is delivered to the rear wheels through the 8-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel drive system will be available optionally.

The top of the line XE 35t houses a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine generating 340 bhp (254 kW) and 332 lb.-ft. (450 Nm) of torque, with all-wheel drive available optionally. Transmission for the 35t AWD is the 8-speed ZF 8HP70 automatic unit while all the 35t RWD will feature the lighter and more compact 8HP45 gearbox. The 35t does 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.1 seconds and has its top speed electronically limited to 120 mph (193 km/h).

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On the inside, the 2017 Jaguar XE will be available with a choice of two infotainment systems. First is a Jaguar InControl Touch system with an 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen, while the second one is the 10.2-inch InControl Touch Pro unit. These systems feature Bluetooth, audio streaming and USB connectivity along with SD card-based navigation for easy upgrades to map data. The Touch Pro system packs advanced technologies like a powerful quad-core processor and a high-speed Solid State Drive (SSD) that should ensure superfast operating speeds.

Apple Watch users can also control various functions of the car through the Jaguar InControl remote app that lets the user lock and unlock the vehicle, check fuel level, operate climate control, see vehicle location on map and even start the engine. Entertainment is provided by the standard 380 Watt Meridian audio system with 11 speakers (subwoofer included); an optional 825 Watt system with 17 speakers will be available for true audiophiles.

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2017 Jaguar XE – Prices (USA)

XE 25t 2.0L Turbocharged I-4, 240hp From US$34,900
XE 20d 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 diesel, 180hp From US$36,400
XE 35t 3.0L Supercharged V6, 340hp From US$41,700

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  1. Top Speed Limited to 120_MPH. That isn’t going to fly with luxury performance buyers, no matter how well it great looking it is or how great it handles.

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