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Jaguar XE shows its mid-size elegance (pictures)

The all-new Jaguar XE, on display at the Paris Motor Show, brings a mid-size sedan into the brand's lineup that will make an entry point for many people.

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PARIS -- Jaguar showed off its new XE model at the 2014 Paris Motor Show here, after an early unveiling in London.

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A premium sedan, the XE model features Jaguar styling elements such as a wire grille and a very raked rear window.

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Competing in the mid-size sedan segment, the XE is a new entry-level car for Jaguar.

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A rear-drive car, the XE uses aluminum in 75 percent of its body and suspension, bringing the weight down to 3,670 pounds (1,665 kg).

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Headlight casings include Jaguar's "J" parking light pattern.

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20-inch wheels are shown on this performance-oriented XE S model.

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The XE will come with a variety of engine options. Shown here is the 2-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged to make 240 horsepower. The XE S model will come with a supercharged 3-liter V-6 generating 340 horsepower.

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Jaguar will also offer a 2-liter four-cylinder making just 200 horsepower, along with two diesel engines.

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The driver-focused cockpit includes Jaguar's premium appointments.

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A Meridian audio system will be available.

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Jaguar has not gone to a fully LCD instrument cluster in the XE, retaining analog gauges for speedometer and tachometer.

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A dial for the eight-speed automatic transmission carries over from other Jaguar models.

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The new infotainment system shows four tiles on an 8-inch touchscreen.

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The map quality looks good, although not as refined as those from BMW or Audi.

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A secondary screen shows functions for apps, surround view cameras and the Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Along with its camera system, the XE can be had with automated parallel parking.

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