Jaguar reveals upcoming XE's InControl infotainment system [w/video]Tue, 19 Aug 2014
Jaguar has been keeping busy lately, rolling out both the new Lightweight E-Type and F-Type Project 7 at Pebble Beach this past weekend. But the more important project for the British automaker is the upcoming new XE.
Coventry has been releasing a steady stream of information and teasers on its new 3 Series challenger, and has now revealed details of the new infotainment system that will debut in the XE. Called InControl, the system centers around an eight-inch touchscreen and integrates with smartphones (running both iOS and Android) through the InControl Remote and InControl Apps. The system will allow drivers to pre-set the climate control for each day of the week, lock and unlock the doors and start the engine remotely.
It'll also include an on-board wifi hotspot to connect multiple devices and a laser-based head-up display that you can scope out in the graphic above as well as the video and press release below in advance of the XE's upcoming debut in London on September 8.
THE NEW JAGUAR XE: OFFERING ADVANCED CONNECTIVITY
- All-new Jaguar InControl® infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen*
- InControl Remote™ enables smartphone control of functions such as door unlocking and engine start
- InControl Apps™ allows users to access Apple and Android smartphone apps through the vehicle touchscreen*
- Optional Wi-Fi connectivity for multiple devices
- Optional laser Heads-Up Display combines sharper images with compact, weight-saving design**
(MAHWAH, N.J.) - August 18, 2014 - A smooth, supple ride, sharp steering, quiet, luxurious cabin and seamless connectivity - the new Jaguar XE delivers in all respects and is equipped with a wide range of technologies designed to make every journey an enjoyable experience.
The Jaguar InControl® infotainment system equipped on the all-new Jaguar XE vehicles 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*.
"In-car technologies in this ever-more connected and fast-paced world are an integral part of your driving experience. With the all-new XE we're introducing an entire suite of cutting-edge driver aids and entertainment systems. Designed and developed from scratch, they will ensure that every journey you take is simpler, more relaxing, safer, and effortlessly enjoyable."
Dr. Mike Bell, Jaguar's Global Connected Car Director
Smartphones are changing the way people interact with the world around them - the new XE allows drivers to 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 climate control system, locking and unlocking the doors and 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 lot or book a hotel room*. With a purchased data plan, the XE can also function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, enabling multiple devices to connect to the Internet.
The sophistication of the infotainment system is matched by an array of advanced driver assistance systems available as an option in the new XE, such as the all-new laser Heads-Up Display (HUD). Projecting sharp, high-contrast color images onto the windshield, this new technology provides the driver with information such as speed and navigation instructions with maximum clarity and minimum distraction. In addition to better image quality, the laser HUD is smaller and lighter than existing systems**.
Designed and engineered in the UK, the aluminum-intensive XE will be the first Jaguar car manufactured at a new production facility at the JLR Solihull plant in the West Midlands in the UK.
The world premiere of the new Jaguar XE will be held in London on September 8, 2014.
* Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Do not operate, adjust or view the navigation or multimedia systems under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Only use mobile phones, and other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so.
** These features are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention, and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions. The driver should not assume that these features will correct errors of judgment in driving. Please consult your vehicle's owner's manual or your local authorized Jaguar Retailer for more details.
By Noah Joseph
See also: Jaguar Land Rover building new Special Vehicle Operations facility, The Jaguar E-Type Lightweight is back on the prowl after a few decades away, Jaguar F-Type Project 7 takes the D-Type to the 21st Century.