Offering an early -- albeit very limited -- look at what lies ahead, Jaguar used the Geneva show to release this single exterior image of its upcoming compact sport sedan. It also provided several intriguing details about this nascent entry-level model that's set to take on rivals like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Cadillac ATS

Launching globally next year and due to arrive here sometime in 2016, the new Jaguar XE will be the first vehicle based on the automaker's new-generation aluminum-intensive platform architecture introduced on the striking C-X17 Crossover Concept. Beyond revealing its official name, Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover, stated that a production version of the new XE will be unveiled later this year. If so, the car could well make its debut at the Paris Auto Show in October. 

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In addition to its advanced core structure, the Jaguar XE also will be the first vehicle to be fitted with the automaker's all-new line of Ingenium 2.0-liter/4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Combining low weight and low internal friction, these sophisticated motivators are suitable for both longitudinal and transverse applications. Designed to deliver superior efficiency and outstanding performance, they'll be used in this vehicle as well as other Jaguar and Land Rover products. Like other models in the Jaguar lineup, the rear-drive XE is expected to spawn a hot R variant. 

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While hard facts are few beyond this point, Ian Callum, Jag's Director of Design, does promise the new XE will live up to its corporate pedigree of being "as exciting to look at and drive as it is brilliant to run and practical to own." That's something that can't be said of the firm's last foray into the compact sedan realm, the ill-fated X-Type that was produced from 2001-2009. Callum's confidence in the vehicle is echoed by Jeff Curry, Brand Vice President of Jaguar North America. "The all-new Jaguar XE compact sport sedan will bring Jaguar into the largest segment of the luxury car market with a dynamic new entry that will challenge the status quo of luxury car brands." 

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