The 58 jurors representing 22 European countries will announce the winner on Feb 29, 2016 with the focus on technical innovation and value for money as the award’s key criteria.
With a lightweight aluminium-architecture, the XE is currently the most fuel-efficient offering the lowest total cost of ownership over any Jaguar models, boasting of class-leading residual values and CO2 emissions from just 99g/km.
The inherent strength and stiffness of the body structure, together with cutting-edge driver assistance systems including stereo camera-based Autonomous Emergency Braking, which helped the XE to achieve the maximum five-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
While it is equipped with a double wishbone and Integral Link suspension system, it is also the first Jaguar to feature the all-new Ingenium range of diesel engines.
Jaguar touts its engines as clean, quiet and responsive due to the low-pressure exhaust gas re-circulation, variable exhaust cam timing and selective catalytic reduction to help provide better fuel efficiency and low emissions (diesel variants will also meet North American emission regulations).
The XE will offer all-wheel drive with torque on-demand system that will not only provide agility, but also a rear-wheel drive character.
Within the cabin, new owners will be able to experience the new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system that’s been designed around a tablet-style 10.2-inch touchscreen.
“We are delighted that the Jaguar XE has made it onto the short list for European Car of the Year. The votes from the jury are testament to the absolute dedication and hard work of every single member of the team that has helped to develop this truly outstanding sports saloon.
“Our no-compromise approach is why the XE is the only car in its class with an aluminium-intensive monocoque. It’s also why the XE is the first car in the world to feature the revolutionary All Surface Progress Control system.
“The hard work continues as we introduce technologies including all-wheel drive and our state-of-the art InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, but just like every other member of the team, I’m looking forward to hearing the winner announced in February next year,” said Jaguar XE, XF and F-PACE vehicle line director Kevin Stride.