Jaguar XE majors on technology and efficiencyAugust 19, 2014
Jaguar has already released the headline grabbing fuel economy target of 75 mpg for the most efficient XE, but it knows that to take on the BMW 3 Series and the gang it needs to be the most advanced Jaguar ever built. In the latest instalment of its plans to leapfrog the competition Jaguar outlines some of the world firsts that will make it to production.
The heart of the new XE’s InControl infotainment system is an 8-inch touchscreen, so far so normal. However as well as the now commonplace voice and touch control the system also takes smartphone integration to a new level with the ‘InControl Remote’ system allowing users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from wherever they are and control a range of vehicle functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or starting the engine. Similar systems are commonplace in North America but will be new to UK buyers.
“In-car technologies in this ever-more connected and fast-paced world are an integral part of your driving experience. With the all-new XE we’re introducing an entire suite of cutting-edge driver aids and entertainment systems. Designed and developed from scratch, they will ensure that every journey you take is simpler, more relaxing, safer, and effortlessly enjoyable.”
Dr Mike Bell, Jaguar’s Global Connected Car Director
Jaguar InControl Apps allows users to access smartphone apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen, enabling a range of services such as conference calls, finding a parking space or booking a hotel room to be accessed. The XE also functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the internet – the vehicle antenna provides the best possible signal.
The sophistication of the infotainment system is matched by the array of advanced driver assistance systems available in the new XE: the laser head-up display (HUD) is an industry-first. Projecting sharp, high-contrast colour images onto the windscreen, the technology provides the driver with information such as speed and navigation instructions with maximum clarity and minimum distraction. As well as better image quality, the laser HUD is smaller and almost a third lighter than existing systems.
Designed and engineered in the UK, the aluminium-intensive XE will be the first Jaguar manufactured at a new purpose-built production facility at the company’s Solihull plant in the West Midlands in the UK.
The world premiere of the new Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8th.