Jaguar South Africa has confirmed the updated XE sedan is scheduled to hit local roads in the “first half of 2021”.

The British firm’s local arm says we can expect the updated XE to be offered with Jaguar’s turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

While the composition of the local range has yet to be confirmed, Jaguar SA mentions only the 184 kW/365 N.m version of this four-pot (so, the P250), which the company says delivers a 0-100 km/h time of 6,7 seconds and a combined fuel consumption of 7,9 L/100 km. The current line-up, of course, also includes a 221 kW/400 N.m version of this engine, badged P300.

So, what else is new with the tweaked sedan? Well, inside you’ll find a fresh split-rim steering wheel, along with a new quilt design for the seats (and an embossed “Leaper” emblem on the headrests). Jaguar has added its latest cabin air ionisation system to the mix, too.

All XE variants will be available with an “enhanced” Black Exterior Pack, which sees items such as the grille mesh, grille surround, lower air intake surrounds, side vents, window surround and exterior badging finished in gloss black.

The local range is set to include S, R-Dynamic SE and R-Dynamic HSE specification packs. The latest Pivi Pro infotainment system will be fitted as standard to SE and HSE models (and be offered as an option on S models).

Expect local pricing to be confirmed closer to launch in 2021...