Jaguar has unveiled the all-new infotainment system that will debut in the XE next month. The system, dubbed Jaguar InControl, is the marque’s most comprehensive assault yet on vehicle-to-smartphone connectivity and infotainment.
Based around an eight-inch touchscreen the system will give access to iPhone and Android smartphone entertainment and information apps through the touchscreen and will also operate as a roaming Wi-Fi hotspot. A complementary smartphone app will give drivers access to the car including starting the engine, pre-warming or cooling the interior and locating the car in a parking lot via GPS. It will even track a stolen XE for law enforcement agencies.
The XE will also get a laser head-up display with high-contrast colour images. The laser-projected system is said to be an industry-first and is claimed to be lighter and smaller than existing systems.
Meridian has remained on as the audio partner for Jaguar sound systems.
The XE will be launched officially on September 8 in London, UK.
A smooth, supple ride, exceptionally sharp steering, quiet, luxurious cabin and seamless connectivity – the new Jaguar XE delivers in all respects and is equipped with a wide range of state-of-the art technologies designed to make every journey an even more enjoyable experience.
The new 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.
Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them – the new XE ensures 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 starting the engine.
Jaguar InControl Apps allows users to seamlessly 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 best possible signal.
The sophistication of the infotainment system is matched by the array of advanced 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 in the UK.
The world premiere of the new Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8th.