You know how yesterday we were pitching the V6-powered Jaguar XE S as a sort of sporty-ish consolation prize for the lack of XE SVR? Well, about that: the model has just been deleted from the range in Europe. Oh, and the XF S too.
We checked the status of the XE-range topper with Jaguar Land Rover after noticing it had disappeared from the UK configurator. And the news isn’t good. A company spokesperson told Car Throttle the following:
“380PS accounted for less than 2% of XE and XF sales in the UK. Coupled with impending changes to emissions regulations, it makes sense from a business perspective to remove these variants from sale in the UK and Europe.”
Although not name-checked directly by JLR, this is all to do with the new, more realistic ‘WLTP’ emissions tests. All other petrol-powered Jaguars now have particulate filters, but it simply doesn’t make sense to develop one for the supercharged V6 engine when it’s such a niche option. Presumably, this means the V6 petrol F-Pace will eventually be dropped in Europe too.
The news coincides with the release of the XE 300 Sport (below), which uses a much lighter 2.0-litre inline-four. The turbocharged engine produces 296bhp, and is hooked up to Jaguar’s all-wheel drive system.
It’ll do 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds, which makes it damn near as quick as the outgoing XE S. Albeit with a much less interesting soundtrack. It’s been spruced up with Dark Satin Grey details, Satin Technical Grey 19- or 20-inch wheels depending on what you spec, a bunch of 300 Sport badges and some nice yellow stitching in the cabin.
It’s yours for £45,160, around the same as the departing V6.