In in the present day’s automotive naming tradition, “300 Sport” can’t potential imply there’s a three.zero-liter engine underneath the hood. Too apparent. No, very similar to the Mercedes-Benz C300, the 2019 Jaguar XE 300 Sport won’t budge above two liters of displacement.
It is going to, nevertheless, budge nicely above the priciest 2.zero-liter XE’s MSRP. Fortunately, you’ll in all probability by no means have to find out about this, because the XE’s lacklustre U.S. gross sales recommend this launched-in-Europe trim will stay on the east aspect of the Atlantic.
The XE 300 Sport is an all-wheel-drive variant powered by the highest-tier 4-banger in Jag’s engine secure: a 296-horsepower Ingenium mill that generates 295 lb-ft of torque, tamed by an eight-velocity automated.
The 300 Sport revels in a singular shade of darkish grey that exhibits up all over the place — the mirror caps, rear spoiler, grille encompass, and 19-inch wheels (20-inchers can be found). Inside, sporty distinction stitching makes it recognized this Jag is just not merely a 296-hp, AWD R-Sport. In case you don’t get the message, exterior badging hamners the purpose residence. A ten-inch touchscreen spans the middle stack, providing ample distraction for each driver and passenger.
Sure, it’s primarily an look package deal, one which garners a big price premium throughout the pond. British clients can anticipate to fork over the equal of almost $10k additional for this mannequin. Within the U.S., an R-Sport retails for $fifty three,620 after supply.
Why all of the cynicism? Jaguar gross sales fell 34 %, yr over yr, within the U.S. final month, with gross sales of the XE down fifty four.four %. Over the primary quarter of 2018, gross sales of the XE, launched in mid-2016, declined forty five.9 %. Jaguar’s home gross sales aren’t pushed by sedans, no matter obtainable energy — it’s the F-Tempo crossover that dominates the gross sales charts.
The XF additionally will get the 300 Sport remedy in Europe, with a turbodiesel V6 out there in some markets, nevertheless it’s unlikely Jag will expend any new power on the XE and XF over right here. Thus far, there’s been no announcement of a 300 Sport trim for these shores. As a lot as Jaguar Land Rover would really like it, it’s exhausting to see consumers springing for an additional costly 4-cylinder Jaguar.
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