Competes with: BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS
Looks like: Somebody shrunk the Jaguar XF
Drivetrain: 340-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: 2016
Have a look at the most important car to come out of British luxury automaker Jaguar in decades — a compact, entry-level luxury sedan set to do battle with the heavy hitters in the segment, like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. This is the new 2015 XE, introduced to the world in its high-performance S trim, an aluminum-intensive rear-wheel-drive luxury car meant to continue the successes of the latest Jaguar XF and XJ sedans with a much higher volume segment.
Related: 2015 Jaguar F-Type Expert Review
The XE will go on sale in Europe first as the 2015 model shown here; the U.S. won't see the car until it arrives as a 2016 model, sometime in early 2016.