Although it won’t be another year or so before the 2017 Jaguar XE sedan makes its way to American shores, the British automaker has revealed details as early as now regarding the powertrain options U.S. buyers can expect from the new model.
The U.S.-spec 2017 Jaguar XE will be offered in XE 20d and XE 35t form, with the former coming with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel I4 rated at 180 horsepower and 318 lb/ft. torque, and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available as an optional feature on the XE 20d. Considering Jaguar’s long and proud history as a maker of performance cars, those figures aren’t that impressive at all, but it should save a lot of money at the pump as the first-ever diesel model Jaguar will be selling in the U.S. market.
The 2017 Jaguar XE 35t, on the other hand, won’t disappoint anyone in the performance department, as it is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 making 340 horsepower and 332 lb/ft. This is the same engine that powers the Jaguar F-Type and XF. The engine is also paired with an eight-speed automatic, and the car itself will be offered in rear- or all-wheel drive. According to Jaguar, the 35t should be capable of going from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 155 mph.
Those who may be disappointed by the diesel engine’s lack of power shouldn’t lose hope yet, as Jaguar hasn’t confirmed whether the gas-powered turbo four (estimated 240 horsepower) will be available for the U.S.-spec Jaguar XE. Details on that should be available closer to the car’s spring 2016 release.