The 2018 Jaguar XE compact sports sedan just launched in the US last year, and it already received several upgrades for 2018. The new model gets an all-new inline-four plucked from Jaguar's Ingenium powertrain family. The automaker also added new features such as a new digital gauge cluster display and padded the options sheet with a few extra active safety and convenience features.
The 2018 Jaguar XE sedan is now powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder rated at 247 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. The all-aluminum mill spins the back wheels through an automatic transmission, but all-wheel drive can also be ordered at an extra cost.
Another version named XE S will also join the lineup for 2018. It comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that is borrowed from the F-type and is properly tuned to generated 380 horsepower. Jaguar didn't reveal any details about the car's performance, but the S is anticipated to out-run the other members of the XE lineup.
Other new features for the next model year will be a limited-edition model dubbed Portfolio. It's the most refined XE to date, and it's equipped with heated rear seats, power rear sunshades, a hands-free trunk lid, a 10-inch touchscreen, a digital instrument cluster, and an 825-watt surround system with 17 speakers.
Other available tech features will include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that's completely configurable, Forward Traffic Detection, emergency braking, Forward Vehicle Guidance.The F-Pace Portfolio sells at $63,200, while the XF Portfolio costs $68,025.
Jaguar has teamed up with Shell to create an innovative, cashless in-car payment system. The new feature will allow drivers pay for fuel without going out of the car. As of now, the in-car payment system is only offered in the UK, but according to the automaker, the feature will be introduced worldwide before the year ends.
The latest entry-level engine decreases the 2018 Jaguar XE's price to $35,725. The XE S starts at $52,275, while the limited edition Portfolio version is priced at $56,910. Jaguars Ingenium lineup that includes the XE, XF, and F-Pace is expected to appear in showrooms in the coming months.