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Jaguar XE brings British panache to entry-level premium sedan (pictures)

Tired of the typical names German and Japanese names in the premium sedan market? Jaguar gives you respite with its new XE sedan, an alternative entry-level model for the British marque.

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Jaguar announced the XE model at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as a new, smaller sedan in its line-up.

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The XE exhibits some of the styling cues seen on other Jaguar models, most notably the XF.

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The XE's overall design isn't a huge departure from other sedans on the market today.

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The XE's interior space classifies it as a compact car, similar to the BMW 3-series and Audi A4.

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Fastback styling has become typical among sedans today.

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With almost 75 percent of its structure made from aluminum, the XE is very light.

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This example features S badges with Jaguar's green and red livery, although the US market equivalent will show R-sport badges.

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This top trim model gets a supercharged 3-liter V-6 engine good for 340 horsepower.

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This example shows aggressive air intakes, although other trim levels may look different.

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Fender vents with insets make for a nice stylistic element.

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The XE uses a rear-wheel-drive format drivetrain, and all-wheel drive will be available.

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The XE's suspension manages to be comfortable, yet the stiff body makes for good handling.

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Other power choices for the XE will be 2-liter diesel and 2-liter turbocharged gasoline engines.

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Sport seats aren't too heavily bolstered as to limit cabin access.

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Red upholstery with black insets may a bit showy for most people.

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The XE is intended as an entry-level premium sedan, and its cabin materials are not quite up the standards of its more costly siblings.

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Electric power steering makes for direct and precise control.

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Jaguar sticks with conventional analog gauges here.

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The shifter dial is a Jaguar set piece, introduced on the XK model in the last decade.

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Although this example shows Jaguar's current navigation electronics, Jaguar promises a whole new system for the US launch of the car.

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