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Jaguar confirms all-new XE compact sports sedan for 2015

New compact model takes aim at BMW 3 Series, built with new aluminum architecture.

Jaguar has confirmed that its upcoming compact sports sedan will be named the XE, slotting below the existing XF and XJ models.

The XE will be the first production car to be built upon the company's advanced aluminum architecture, which was originally shown in 2013 with the C-X17 sports crossover concept.

The lightweight chassis will be paired with the company's new Ingenium engine line, which can be installed in inline or transverse configurations for rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive packages.

"We announced just a few weeks ago that our new Engine Manufacturing Center would produce a new family of premium, lightweight, low-friction, low emission four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units," said Jaguar Land Rover CEO Dr. Ralf Speth. "The first of our Ingenium engine range will be used in our all-new compact Jaguar sports sedan."

The images appear to confirm that the new 3-Series-fighting sedan has taken style cues from the F-Type sports car, which is also rumored to be outfitted with a four-cylinder engine for its entry-level package.

Jaguar remains mum on additional details surrounding the XE, aside from promising its arrival in Europe and other markets by 2015 and in the US by 2016.

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