The Jaguar XE’s InControl infotainment brings new meaning to the phrase ‘connected car’

Jaguar’s upcoming XE luxury sedan was designed to do battle with BMW’s 3 series line, but it’s also a brand-new platform to showcase the British automaker’s latest technologies and innovations.

The XE will feature a new smartphone connectivity feature that can integrate Apple and Android apps into the car’s new 8-inch touch screen, allowing drivers to access their handheld’s applications without fumbling for their phone. The XE is also a mobile WiFi hotspot capable of supporting several devices.

An optional laser Heads-Up Display will project high contrast, color images onto the windshield as well, keeping the driver up to speed with navigational instructions, traffic sign notifications, and cruise control settings.

It wouldn’t be a Jaguar without some nifty secret agent gizmos. Whether you’re evading baddies or simply out for a nightcap, the Jaguar’s InControl Remote smartphone app allows owners to activate door locks, start the car, track its location, and preset cabin temperature all from a remote location. In fact, you can do this from anywhere in the world, so if nothing else, it’s a good way to have some fun with your family while you’re away.

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It’s also worth noting that all of the XE’s infotainment features can be accessed through a plain speech voice control function, so drivers won’t have to take their eyes off the road to test the new features.

The M3-fighting Jag’s advanced connectivity could be seen as a move toward the truly intelligent, self-learning vehicles that may be in the British automaker’s future. The XE’s technological integration is more of a half step in that direction though, something that will likely be more appealing to drivers who prefer more control behind the wheel.

Dr. Mike Bell, Jaguar’s Global Connected Car Director, explains.

“Simplifying your connected experience, without compromising your interactive options, the new XE is a technologically advanced step forwards you’ll want to take.”

The 2016 Jaguar XE is scheduled to be fully unveiled on September 8th in London.

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