Jaguar XE Pricing Revealed. How Does It Stand Against BMW 3 Series?

The all-new stylish Jaguar XE is already on sale in select markets around the world, but it won’t arrive in U.S. showrooms until later next spring. It will launch with three powertrains across four distinct trim levels. The XE will feature rear...

The all-new stylish Jaguar XE is already on sale in select markets around the world, but it won’t arrive in U.S. showrooms until later next spring. It will launch with three powertrains across four distinct trim levels. The XE will feature rear-wheel drive as standard, an optional all-wheel drive powertrain and luxury, performance and comfort easily compared to the likes of Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and also, the big seller BMW 3 Series. In this comparison, we will take a look at the Jaguar XE compared to the BMW 3 Series LCI in the engines, pricing and performance areas. While the Jaguar doesn’t give out full specifications and pricing on the top models, the rest is available and can be compared directly to the 3 Series.

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The XE model lineup will include four trim levels: XE, XE Premium, XE Prestige and XE R-Sport which will be selectively available with four-cylinder and V6 powertrains. The fuel economy leader of the lineup will be the 20d, which features a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine delivering 180 horsepower and 318 lb-ft of torque, available in both rear and all-wheel drive. Delivering excellent all-around performance, thanks to ample low and mid-range torque, the 25t models feature a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four GTDI engine producing 240 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque in a rear-wheel drive configuration. Topping the range is the XE 35t providing responsiveness and refinement using a 3.0L supercharged V6 engine which generates 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, available in both rear- and all-wheel drive.

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Pricing is set for the 2.0L turbocharged 240 horsepower engine at $34,900, the 2.0L turbocharged 180 horsepower diesel variant will cost you a cool $36,400 and finally, the 3.0L Supercharged V6, delivering 340 horsepower will be priced at $41,700. Compared to the BMW 328i xDrive and BMW 340i xDrive, which are priced at $47,800 and $40,350, respectively. The BMW 328i xDrive comes with a 2.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline-four engine developing 240 horsepower. The BMW 340i xDrive is available with a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline-six engine developing 320 horsepower. While somewhat more powerful than the Jaguar XE, the BMW offering comes with xDrive as standard, allowing for better all-weather driving. If you decide to go with rear-wheel drive only for your BMW 328i and BMW 340i the pricing drops significantly. For the first, the MSRP is set at $38,350 and the latter will set you back just $45,800. It seems the BMW offering is somewhat higher, but you do get a more powerful engine in both variants. If you were to get a 180 horsepower model compared to the entry-level Jaguar XE offer, it will be the BMW 320i priced at $33,150 or the 320i xDrive priced at $35,150. If you were to go for a diesel variant, the BMW 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Diesel engine delivering 180 horsepower starts at MSRP $39,850.

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If pushing the envelope is your thing, a BMW M3 Sedan will set you back $63,200 for the base model, giving you a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivering 425 horsepower. The BMW M3 is quite faster than a Jaguar XE in the acceleration run from 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) – 4.1 seconds. Unfortunately the pricing for the Jaguar XE S has not yet been revealed, nor have the specs been released. Overall, the Jaguar XE is a well-designed vehicle, offering plenty of comfort, luxury and performance. But ultimately, it will be the customers who will decide on its appeal.

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BMW may unveil an ultra-luxurious version of its upcoming X7

According to Drive Australia, BMW is expected to launch an ultra-luxurious version of its upcoming BMW X7 SUV. “As a company, we are open-eyed and we are having a close look at our competitors and this is where we are really dealing with it in an i...

According to Drive Australia, BMW is expected to launch an ultra-luxurious version of its upcoming BMW X7 SUV. “As a company, we are open-eyed and we are having a close look at our competitors and this is where we are really dealing with it in an intelligent way,” BMW interior design chief Oliver Heilmer told Drive. “From a design perspective, any new concept is attractive from our point of view and every niche could be something new.”

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While the standard X7 would feature a third row to accommodate sevens seats, the luxurious X7 model is said to ditch the second and third row and opt for two executive seats offering extensive legroom, reclining and massing functions, and similar high-tech as seen in the new 7 Series. Volvo offers features in the XC90 Excellence sold in China. BMW’s first true seven seater SUV will arrive in 2018 and is built on an all-new large car architecture, which BMW just unveiled beneath its new 7-Series, making the five meter-plus SUV lighter than the current F15 X5. The same architecture will also find its way into Rolls-Royce’s production version of the Cullinan concept SUV. Codenamed G07, the X7 will focus on enhanced luxury, on the same level with the new 7 Series. The X7 is rumored to be more than half a meter longer and a bit wider than the X5. By using a combination of hot-formed steels, aluminum and structural carbon-fiber pieces, the X7 is to have a weight below 1900kg. Under the hood, it will use 3.0-liter, six-cylinder petrol and diesel engine variants, plus a next-generation V8 engine. There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant with, finally, more than 50km of electric range. The air suspension fitted in the X7 will give the high-end SUV impressive handling off-road. BMW expects volumes of around 50,000 X7s a year and will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, alongside the X5 and X6, and BMW is expected to focus on selling the X7 in the United States, China, Russia and the Middle East. The X7 is expected to be launched on the market in late 2017 or early 2018 as a rival to the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Land Rover Range Rover. The article BMW may unveil an ultra-luxurious version of its upcoming X7 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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“BMW i Megacity Studio” opens in Japan

BMW Japan opens the first dedicated BMW i showroom. BMW will use the dedicated dealership to showcase the new BMW i3 electric car and the i8 hybrid sports car. The ceiling on the BMW i Megacity Studio was setup with solar panels to make a power by su...

BMW Japan opens the first dedicated BMW i showroom. BMW will use the dedicated dealership to showcase the new BMW i3 electric car and the i8 hybrid sports car. The ceiling on the BMW i Megacity Studio was setup with solar panels to make a power by sunlight in order to charge the electric BMW i3. The surplus of power is used to power the showroom. BMW’s i Megacity studio features a glass display and it’s packed with recyclable materials found in the i3 and i8, including carbon fiber.

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A BMW Genius resident will be on-site to offer personalized assistance to customers looking to get into electric vehicles. Here is a photo gallery of the showroom:

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DTM season enters the finishing straight.

The DTM has reached the business end of the 2015 season. The popular touring car series enters the final third of its season with races 13 and 14 of the year, which will take place at the “Motorsport Arena Oschersleben” from 11th to 13th Septemb...

The DTM has reached the business end of the 2015 season. The popular touring car series enters the final third of its season with races 13 and 14 of the year, which will take place at the “Motorsport Arena Oschersleben” from 11th to 13th September.

After three race weekends elsewhere in Europe, the DTM now returns to Germany. BMW Motorsport travels to the circuit in the Magdeburger Börde region of Germany on the back of a pole position and three podiums in the two most recent races at the “Moscow Raceway”. Unlike last season, when Oschersleben hosted the DTM as early as May, this year’s two races take place in September. BMW enjoys a fine record at the 3.696-kilometre circuit. The Bavarian manufacturer has claimed two victories and two pole positions in the three races at the Motorsport Arena since returning to the DTM in 2012. Whenever a BMW driver has started from the front of the grid in Oschersleben, he has gone on to be crowned DTM champion at the end of the year: in 2012, Bruno Spengler started the race from pole position en route to the Drivers’ title, while Marco Wittmann achieved the same feat in 2014. Spengler went on to claim a dominant win, having led the race from start to finish. Wittmann, on the other hand, was unfortunate in an eventful race with three safety car phases, eventually coming home 19th at the end of what was the second race of the season. Victory number two for BMW in Oschersleben came courtesy of Augusto Farfus in 2013. The Brazilian, who drives for BMW Team RBM, started from second and ended the season as the runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship. The circuit at the Motorsport Arena is technically demanding. Both top speed and perfect handling are vital to fast lap times. The lap record in Oschersleben is held by a BMW driver: former DTM driver Joey Hand clocked a time of 1:21.255 minutes on 15th September 2013 – in the BMW M3 DTM. The Motorsport Arena is one of the most modern racetracks in Europe and has been included on the DTM calendar since 2000. One feature makes the circuit particularly popular with the fans: the spectator areas located above track level offer a perfect view of the circuit and allow fans to follow the action up close and personal.

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CAR: BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90 vs Range Rover Sport triple test review

CAR takes a look at 3 premium SUVs and how they compare. Catch the entire review at CAR Magazine. Here’s what they had to say on the X5, specifically. ...

CAR takes a look at 3 premium SUVs and how they compare. Catch the entire review at CAR Magazine. Here’s what they had to say on the X5, specifically.

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Champagne Quartz Metallic F80 M3 Individual

Photos and videos of an F80 M3 in BMW Individual paint Champagne Quartz Metallic, paired with a Sakhir Orange interior; delivery taken at BMW Welt via European Delivery. ...

Photos and videos of an F80 M3 in BMW Individual paint Champagne Quartz Metallic, paired with a Sakhir Orange interior; delivery taken at BMW Welt via European Delivery.

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CAR Magazine test: BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90 vs Range Rover Sport

In a recent road test by Car Magazine, the BMW X5 went head to head with the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover Sport. All three vehicles were fitted with the smallest diesel engines each company offers, with both the Volvo and BMW getting four-cylinders whi...

In a recent road test by Car Magazine, the BMW X5 went head to head with the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover Sport. All three vehicles were fitted with the smallest diesel engines each company offers, with both the Volvo and BMW getting four-cylinders while the big Range brought a turbocharged V6 to the fight. On paper, from the get go, the BMW X5 seemed to be doomed. It’s the oldest car of the bunch, has the smallest and least powerful engine, returns only mid-pack fuel economy and is, sadly, the least exciting. Things started to change once the three cars got out onto the road, however.

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The Range Rover, in typical Range Rover fashion, is a stunner. It looks fantastic as a standing object. The looks continue as you step inside, as well, with wonderfully supple leather and real metal and wood trim everywhere. However, this is where the Range Rover stops dazzling. The infotainment system is sloppy and unintuitive at best. This sentiment followed while driving, as well, as it feels as massive and heavy as it is. Admittedly, this might be by design, as the Range Rover is the only SUV in the test to have a proper low-range transfer case and genuine off-road capability, so maybe it’s supposed to feel big and mighty. But in this company, the big and mighty feel just translates to feeling uneasy on tight roads. At least it looks great, though.

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The Volvo XC90 does its typical Volvo thing. From the outside it looks safe and calm, like a welcome companion. Step inside and that feeling continues, as the blonde wood veneers, tall glass, and supple leather greet you with a pleasant airy feel that is genuinely relaxing. The ride and handling are equally as calming. Though this XC90 was fitted with the standard steel springs, which brought some complaints, the optional air suspension has been said to be absolutely fantastic. The steering is light and accurate with good turn-in but never feels nervous. This is a serene driving experience typical of the Swedes. However, its infotainment system is still a bit difficult to use, despite being one of the better touch screens in the business, and the materials feel a bit cheap to the touch, despite how good they look. The XC90 is also not the handler that the X5 or Range Rover are.

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The BMW X5, which looked like it was going to finish last before the test even started, actually ended up being the favorite. It doesn’t do it with flash, but instead with substance. The most vanilla looking car in the test, with the simplest interior, won the test editors at CAR over by driving better than the other two, having the best ride by far, having the sweetest engine and having an interior and infotainment system that were top notch. The interior, while not being as flashy as the ‘Rover or as modern as the XC90, simply worked better than the others. It was more ergonomic and easier to live with. The materials also felt best in the test, without any of the cheapness felt in the Volvo or sloppiness in the Range Rover. Simply put, the BMW X5 has more steak than sizzle, in comparison to the other two, making it the best car here, with the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover Sport following behind, respectively. BMW’s still got it. [Source: CAR Magazine] The article CAR Magazine test: BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90 vs Range Rover Sport appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Motor Trend’s long term BMW M3 verdict

Motor Trend, one of America’s oldest automotive publications, has the privilege of driving some of the world’s best cars for a year. Their long term test fleet, for which they keep cars for a year for more thorough testing, consists of several ex...

Motor Trend, one of America’s oldest automotive publications, has the privilege of driving some of the world’s best cars for a year. Their long term test fleet, for which they keep cars for a year for more thorough testing, consists of several excellent cars. An Austin Yellow Metallic BMW M3 used to be one of them. Motor Trend has just recently given the M3 back to BMW and has reported on what they found throughout the year and what they might have changed. After putting 25,830 miles on it, the folks at Motor Trend probably have a good idea as to what the BMW M3’s strengths and weaknesses are. Those miles were eaten during workday commutes, long weekend drives, road trips and blasts on the racetrack. This varied kind of driving puts the M3 in every type of setting to see how it handles them. In total, according to Motor Trend, the BMW M3 handled everything fantastically.

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During this long-term test, the BMW M3 was supposedly fun and easy to drive in all situations. On the track the M3 was obviously a blast, but it was also fun during quick drives to the office and highway blasts down California’s most scenic routes. Even on long multi-state road trips, the M3 handled admirably. It was even practical, being able to swallow up surf boards and bicycles, making it a great compromise as a sports car for people with a more active lifestyle. Some of MT’s editor’s friends also found the back seat to be more than accommodating, something that can’t be said of some M3 competitors (cough, ATS-V, cough).

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During these 25,000 miles, the BMW M3 remained relatively trouble free. Only two services were done, both being oil changes, which were free of charge thanks to BMW’s four-year/50,000 mile warranty. The only minor issues MT ran into were some squeaky chassis flex, which turned out to be dirty door seals that were cleaned and fixed free of charge by BMW, and an odd brake squeal which couldn’t be figured out or remedied. The brakes worked excellently and never had an issue stopping, even during hard track use, but a small, low speed squeak would occur. Could be isolated to an issue with that specific car. Overall, the BMW M3 seems to be a car that can hold up over a long period of time and deliver driving enjoyment throughout its lifetime, regardless of situation. You may think that 25,000 miles isn’t a long period of time but, trust me, in the hands of lead-footed motoring journalists who are seldom kind to press cars, 25,000 miles is a lifetime. If the BMW M3 can handle what Motor Trend did to it over the course of 25,000 miles, it can handle what the average customer will do for probably around 100,000 miles, relatively trouble free. Who said German cars were unreliable? [Source: Motor Trend] The article Motor Trend’s long term BMW M3 verdict appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The X5M, by IND.

Build and words by IND: BMW is widely recognized as the company that transformed the concept of the four door car. The menacing acceleration of the first M5 super sedan, the shockingly sporting character of the standard 3 series, and of course the i...

Build and words by IND: BMW is widely recognized as the company that transformed the concept of the four door car. The menacing acceleration of the first M5 super sedan, the shockingly sporting character of the standard 3 series, and of course the incredible capability of the M3 have made BMW a company that has redefined automobiles for a generation. In this same way, in 1999 BMW redefined the 4×4 truck segment with the launch of their brand new X5. BMW

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2016 BMW 340i Gallery

The refreshed BMW 340i is coming to a dealership near you. While we’ve detailed what’s been nipped and tucked over the past few weeks… The post 2016 BMW 340i Gallery appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my ...

The refreshed BMW 340i is coming to a dealership near you. While we’ve detailed what’s been nipped and tucked over the past few weeks… The post 2016 BMW 340i Gallery appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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