New 2017 Jaguar XE Will Have A Diesel Engine, Automatic Transmission

A diesel engine in my Jaguar? It's more likely than you think, and it's a 4-cylinder motor to boot! Adding insult to perceived injury, when the U.S.-spec Jaguar XE finally debuts in late 2016, the only transmission option available will be automatic. Austin Powers weeps.

American Jaguar aficionados have further reason to wail: the highly anticipated introduction of Jaguar's new compact luxury sedan was pushed back because their new 4-cylinder diesel engines haven't met U.S. emissions regulations yet, and it takes time to ensure they're (a) certified and (b) run reliably after the emissions-friendly mods are made.

All isn't doom and gloom, however. According to Automotive News, XE buyers will find their rides equipped with standard all-wheel drive and although purists may frown on the transmission being automatic, it's an advanced design 8-speed automatic.

As for the engine, Jaguar may offer American consumers a choice of two diesel powerplants. The low-end version puts out 161 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque while its slightly more peppy brother offers 177 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque.

Neither can hold a candle to the top Euro-market only gasoline engine producing 236 horsepower and 250 lb-ft... with a 6-speed manual gearbox, natch. Austin, at least, has something to feel groovy about. (via The Truth About Cars and