Shown here are the latest spy shots of the new 2013 Jaguar XE, which is set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in less than a week and show off Jaguar’s plan to take on the Porsche 911, the Cayman and the Boxster.
This prototype may look like a hurricane-damaged Jaguar XK, but rest easy – Jaguar engineers simply took the XK’s body and chopped up the panels enough to make them fit onto the XE’s chassis. The XE will be based on a shortened version of the XK platform, so this was a fairly easy feat for them. The Jaguar C-X16 concept, which previews the finalized design of the Jaguar XE, has been shown off in coupe form, but this spy shot details the roadster version – not that an XE roadster would have been any surprise.
The XE will have a perfect 50:50 weight balance and will be a two-seater. It will compete against the Porsche 911 and Porsche Cayman, and the price should put it within range of other luxury roadsters, such as the BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, as well, but with a much sportier intent than the two luxury-cruisers listed above. The cabrio version will make a perfect competitor to the stalwart Porsche Boxster.
Enginewise, the concept that will be shown off in Frankfurt sports a turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 with 378 horsepower as well as a 94 horsepower electric engine. It’s unclear if the hybrid setup will make it to production, but the supercharged engine should make it to production along with a naturally aspirated variant of the V6. The power will be put to the ground by an 8-speed transmission. Judging by the quad exhaust pipes in the spy shots, this version is the one with the supercharged V6.
Look for more details when the Jaguar C-X16 debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show, because the C-X16 concept is a preview at what’s to come with the 2013 Jaguar XE.