Jaguar XE (artist's rendering)
Jaguar needs to grow sales if the company wants to stay in business, and while the new XJ and about-to-be-face-lifted XF are both charmers, the real meat of the market is in the entry-level segment. That means a car to go head-to-head with vehicles like the Audi A4, BMW 3-series, and Mercedes C-class. The bosses at Jaguar know this, and work is already underway on a new entry-level sedan, likely to be called the XE, based on recent trademark filings by the company. Our artists have put together the rendering, shown above, of what the car could look like.

Unlike the last Jaguar attempt at a vehicle in the entry-level luxo class—the abomination that was the X-type—the XE will most almost definitely be rear-wheel drive, and won’t be based on an out-of-date mainstream Ford sedan. We expect that all-wheel drive will be optional—it’s just about a necessity to sell a car in Jaguar’s traditional stronghold of the Northeastern U.S.—and have heard that it could even include a nine-speed automatic, which would be supplied by ZF.

Illustration by DELUSI

By Justin Berkowitz