The 2020 Jaguar XE sedan unveiled Tuesday has a new interior that borrows tech from Jaguar Land Rover's more expensive models and puts a conventional gear lever back in the driver's hands.
The XE has a revised look outside, with slimmer headlights, a revised bumper, and a wider grille that give it a wider look than before. At the rear, the bumper was also reworked in the name of visual width and improved aerodynamics. A new set of taillights feature LEDs and the "J-blade" headlights seen on other Jaguars are now standard.
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Inside is where the 2020 XE benefits the most. Jaguar upgraded its interior trim and made leather upholstery and embossed head rests standard fare. A newly optional 10.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment migrates to the XE from the I-Pace electric crossover. The center console gains dual touchscreens to handle vehicle functions, but also includes physical controls that don't leave drivers high and dry. Also newly optional are a wireless phone charging pad and a rearview mirror that turns the mirror into a high-definition camera.
Other changes to the interior include the introduction of a traditional gear selector, multi-function steering wheel, and a 12.3-inch instrument cluster display that replaces the traditional gauges with a full screen in front of the driver as additional optional equipment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are now standard.
Jaguar made changes to the powertrain lineup for the refreshed XE in the process as well. The V-6 and turbodiesel engines available on the outgoing model have been dropped. Instead, buyers can choose from two turbocharged inline-4 engines. The P250 badge represents the 247 horsepower output, while the P300 badge denotes 296 hp from the same engine. Regardless of which output, both tunes make 295 pound-feet of torque. With the P300 model and standard all-wheel drive, the XE zips from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. AWD is optional outside of the P300 trim and rear-wheel drive is standard.
The 2020 XE costs $40,895 to start, which includes a $995 destination charge. Look for the sharpened Jaguar to reach dealers this summer.