Jaguar XE: Notes on connectivity

  • All-new InControl ‘infotainment’ system with eight-inch touchscreen
  • InControl Remote enables smartphone control of functions such as door unlocking or engine start – from anywhere in the world
  • InControl Apps allows users to access Apple and Android smartphone apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi connectivity for multiple devices
  • Laser head-up display combines sharper images with compact, weight-saving design

A smooth, supple ride, exceptionally sharp steering, quiet, luxurious cabin and seamless connectivity – the new Jaguar XE promises a lot if the company’s predictably purple prose is to be believed. But the cars must be well-made, fault-free and reliable if the dream is to come true. The competition from Germany is hardly weak.

There is no doubt though that the XE is equipped with an impressive range of state-of-the art technologies. The XE’s InControl infotainment system is designed around an 8-inch touchscreen. A clear, intuitive user interface gives quick, easy access to all features and functions, and voice control using plain speech means that drivers can keep their eyes on the road at all times. This is very important. No-one should be scrolling through lists of phone contacts while ostensibly driving a car.

Jaguar XE

Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them – the new XE is setting out to make sure that drivers stay connected. Jaguar InControl Remote allows users of iOS and Android smartphones to connect to the car from wherever they are and control a range of vehicle functions. These include seven-day timed pre-setting of the XE’s climate control system, locking or unlocking the doors, or even starting the engine.

Jaguar InControl Apps allows users to access smartphone apps through the vehicle’s touchscreen, making it easy to do everything from make a conference call, find a parking space or book a hotel room. The XE also functions as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the internet – the vehicle antenna provides the signal.

The sophistication of the infotainment system is matched by the array of driver assistance systems available in the new XE. The laser head-up display (HUD) is an industry-first. Projecting sharp, high-contrast colour images onto the windscreen, the technology provides the driver with information such as speed and navigation instructions with maximum clarity and minimum distraction. As well as better image quality, the laser HUD is smaller and almost a third lighter than existing systems.

Designed and engineered in the UK, the aluminium-intensive XE will be the first Jaguar manufactured at a new purpose-built production facility at the company’s Solihull plant in the West Midlands.

The world premiere of the new Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8th.

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