Jaguar axes range-topping XE S and XF S models

Jaguar XE 300 Sport arrives with 296bhp and all-wheel drive

The XE 300 Sport is powered by Jaguar's 296bhp 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine

Jaguar has unveiled a pair of special edition models to mark the 2019 model year updates for its XE and XF ranges. This is a special edition model which sports all-wheel drive as standard.

The covers have just been taken off the new Jaguar XE 300 Sport, complete with the brand's most powerful four-cylinder Ingenium engine.

The 300 in the name stands for the car's power figure in PS, which is equivalent of 296bhp.

Jaguar is dropping the 3.0 litre V6 Supercharged engine from the XE and XF due to low sales and impending WLTP emissions testing. Under normal driving conditions, the trapped particles will be oxidised into Carbon dioxide and the filter regenerated whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator.

Aside from the sporty on-road performance, the 300 Sport also comes with an enhanced interior and exterior, including Dark Satin Grey side mirrors, rear spoiler, and front grille surrounds. Additionally, the vehicle is offered with model-exclusive 19- and 20-inch wheels. The XF comes in a choice of three colours: Yulong White, Indus Silver and Santorini Black, while the XE is also offered in Caldera Red.

Buyers of the XE 300 Sport will also be welcomed by some changes when they step inside, including contrasting yellow stitching on the steering wheel, seats, and door internals.

When asked about the decision a Jaguar spokesperson explained, "380ps sales accounted for less than two per cent of XE, XF sales in the UK". It also includes 300 Sport branded tread plates, sport carpet mats, badged steering wheel and embossed headrests. But considering that high-performance, all-wheel drive petrol saloons are a niche in India, chances of the XE 300 Sport launching here are quite slim.

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