MY2020 Jaguar XE revealed, 221kW petrol becomes sole engine for Australia

February 27, 2019

Prices and specs for the arrival of the MY2020 Jaguar XE range have been announced for Australia, with the lineup trimmed down to just two variants and a single engine option.

Jaguar is obviously looking to streamline its usual convoluted range and will offer just two main variants of the 2020 XE in Australia. There’s the R-Dynamic SE and the R-Dynamic HSE. These are both powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine producing 221kW and 400Nm, offering a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.9 seconds.

Although this is the most powerful version of the 2.0L turbo, it means there is no more 280kW V6 option, and no more eco-minded 2.0-litre turbo-diesel option. This is a big shame, especially in the case of the V6 as it was a serious contender in sports sedan class.

The local arm says this configuration has been powertrain of choice, and we suspect the trim line based on the R-Dynamic has also been the most popular among local XE buyers. For the refreshed model, the R-Dynamic pack adds a sportier bodykit with larger front air intakes, aircraft-style winglets, and dark mesh detailing.

Overall, Jaguar says these aggressively and sporty enhancements make the XE look wider and more planted on the road. There’s also some fresh LED headlights with ‘J’ blade daytime running lights within, while the rear is complimented with a new bumper bar design and slimmer LED taillights.

The standard specification has been amped up for the new model. Buyers can now option for Jaguar’s latest Touch Pro Duo dual screen HMI package for the first time on the XE, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard inclusions, along with digital radio.

A segment-first ClearSight interior rear-view mirror is also being offered, improving convenience and safety. It basically provides a view of the rear of the car via a camera, displayed within the frame of the rear-view mirror. It doesn’t matter if you have tall passengers in the back or if the rear windscreen is covered in rain or tint, a vision of the back is always available.

As standard, the entry R-Dynamic SE comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, power front seats, leather trim, and a rear-view camera. Going for the HSE version adds 19-inch wheels, Touch Pro Duo, adaptive cruise control, an electric steering column, and a premium Meridian sound system.

Those wanting personalisation still have the opportunity to customise their order. Jaguar is offering five option packs, including a Dynamic Handling Pack that adds performance brakes and adaptive driving modes. There’s also a Cold Climate Pack, Technology Pack, Convenience Pack and Premium Interior Upgrade Pack. Details on these are listed below.

Jaguar Australia says the new model is available to order now, with deliveries expected later this year. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):

MY2020 Jaguar XE R-Dynamic SE 221kW 2.0T: $65,670
MY2020 Jaguar XE R-Dynamic HSE 221kW 2.0T: $71,940

  • Dynamic Handling Pack: Configurable Dynamics, Adaptive Dynamics, performance brakes, coloured brake calipers, bootlid spoiler
  • Cold Climate Pack: Heated windscreen, heated steering wheel, headlight washers
  • Technology Pack: Head-up display, solar windscreen, Touch Pro Duo, Interactive Driver Display, wireless charging, ClearSight interior rear-view mirror
  • Convenience Pack: Gesture bootlid, keyless entry, electric steering column adjustment, additional power sockets
  • Premium Interior Upgrade Pack: Illuminated treadplates, bright pedals, configurable ambient lighting

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.