When 300 Means 2.0: Jaguar's Smallest Sedan Lands New Trim

when 300 means 2 0 jaguars smallest sedan lands new trim

In today’s automotive naming culture, “300 Sport” cannot possible mean there’s a 3.0-liter engine under the hood. Too obvious. No, much like the Mercedes-Benz C300, the 2019 Jaguar XE 300 Sport will not budge above two liters of displacement.

It will, however, budge well above the priciest 2.0-liter XE’s MSRP. Luckily, you’ll probably never need to know about this, as the XE’s lacklustre U.S. sales suggest this introduced-in-Europe trim will remain on the east side of the Atlantic.

The XE 300 Sport is an all-wheel-drive variant powered by the top-tier four-banger in Jag’s engine stable: a 296-horsepower Ingenium mill that generates 295 lb-ft of torque, tamed by an eight-speed automatic.

The 300 Sport revels in a unique shade of dark gray that shows up everywhere — the mirror caps, rear spoiler, grille surround, and 19-inch wheels (20-inchers are available). Inside, sporty contrast stitching makes it known this Jag is not merely a 296-hp, AWD R-Sport. In case you don’t get the message, exterior badging hamners the point home. A 10-inch touchscreen spans the center stack, offering ample distraction for both driver and passenger.

Yes, it’s mainly an appearance package, one that garners a significant price premium across the pond. British customers can expect to fork over the equivalent of nearly $10k extra for this model. In the U.S., an R-Sport retails for $53,620 after delivery.

Why all the cynicism? Jaguar sales fell 34 percent, year over year, in the U.S. last month, with sales of the XE down 54.4 percent. Over the first quarter of 2018, sales of the XE, introduced in mid-2016, declined 45.9 percent. Jaguar’s domestic sales aren’t driven by sedans, regardless of available power — it’s the F-Pace crossover that dominates the sales charts.

The XF also gets the 300 Sport treatment in Europe, with a turbodiesel V6 available in some markets, but it’s unlikely Jag will expend any new energy on the XE and XF over here. So far, there’s been no announcement of a 300 Sport trim for these shores. As much as Jaguar Land Rover would like it, it’s hard to see buyers springing for an extra expensive four-cylinder Jaguar.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]

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  • Conundrum Conundrum on Apr 20, 2018

    Due to changing emission standards outside North America, which perversely in Europe means fuel economy by grams of CO2 per kilometer, the V6 is being dropped from the Jag XE over there. It guzzleth too much motor spirit. Really, all that's happening is that they are canning the old NEDC cycle which made the original EPA mileage ratings look pessimistic, they are moving to WLTP standards, which are only merely a big lie instead of a whopper. So now your 1.0 litre diesel will officially only get 65 mpg instead of 82, or some other number plucked out of thin air and bureaucratic nonsense https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/jaguar-axes-range-topping-xe-s-and-xf-s-models

  • GenesisCoupe380GT GenesisCoupe380GT on Apr 07, 2020

    I want to like this car but only having a bottom-feeding 4-banger turbo to choose from somehow makes spending even more money for the XJ worth it. Buying this car is like dating the pretty chick at the prom and finding out that her breath stinks of hot garbage and sewage

  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
  • Daniel J I believe anyone, at any level, should get paid as much as the market will bear. Why should CEOs have capped salaries or compensation but middle management shouldn't? If companies support poor CEOs and poor CEOs keep getting rewarded, it's up to the consumer and investors to force that company to either get a better CEO or to reduce the salary of that CEO. What I find hilarious is that consumers will continue to support companies where the pay for the CEOs is very high. And the same people complain. I stopped buying from Amazon during the pandemic. Everyone happily buys from them but the CEO makes bank. Same way with Walmart and many other retailers. Tim Cook got 100m in compensation last year yet people line up to buy Iphones. People who complain and still buy the products must not really care that much.