Changes Afoot at Jaguar: XF Retouched, XE and XF Sportbrake Binned

changes afoot at jaguar xf retouched xe and xf sportbrake binned

Jaguar has unveiled its short-term product plans, and fans of compact luxury sport sedans, as well as wagon enthusiasts, have reason to weep.

The fun-to-drive but cramped XE sports sedan is on its way out. The BMW 3-Series fighter wasn’t just good enough, it seems, to break into the public’s consciousness. Sales simply weren’t sufficient to keep it around.

The death of the XF Sportbrake is even more predictable. In the XE’s case, you’d think a stronger effort might have kept it afloat – and to be fair, it was nice to drive, if flawed in other key ways – but wagons are a tough sell in this crossover-crazed country these days. Especially wagons that are quite costly.

Just as an example – Jaguar sold only 99 Sportbrakes in the entire United States in 2018, according to GoodCarBadCar. That is…. not good.

The XF sedan, however, will be sticking around. And updated, to boot. Available in three trims (P250 S RWD, P250 SE RWD, and P300 R-Dynamic SE AWD), the car will be available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. If you’re not sure which trim will be available with which drivetrain, well, it’s right there in the names. Well, kinda – as you’ll see below, the lower trims with the base engine can be rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Yes, it’s confusing.

The interior is redesigned, with a new 11.4-inch curved touchscreen for infotainment and a new shifter. The infotainment system, along with other onboard computer systems, now has over-the-air software updates. Active road-noise cancellation is now available, and the infotainment-menu structure is simplified.

Buyers can choose either a 246-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 296-pony, 2.0-liter turbo-four. The former engine is the choice for the two lower trims, while the top trim gets the latter. Both mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The lower-power engine is available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and puts out 269 lb-ft of torque. A torque figure for the larger engine was not listed.

Other news includes the addition of more standard features (premium audio, satellite radio, remote keyless entry, and wireless cell-phone charging), available automatic vehicle hold (holds the brakes while the car is stationary until the driver presses the gas), and available rear-exit monitoring.

On the outside, the LED headlights slim down, taking a cue from the F-Type, and the lower air intakes are enlarged and reshaped. An option package adds Gloss Black grille, grille surround, lower air intake surrounds, side vents, window surround, tailgate finisher, rear valance finisher, and badging.

Gloss Black is applied to the lower front bumper, lower front air intakes, and upper rear valance on the top-trim car.

There are seven wheel designs to choose from, including 19- and 20-inch designs.

No news yet on pricing or on-sale date.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover. European version shown.]

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  • Ytiradp Ytiradp on Oct 07, 2020

    That was the rumor that it maybe able to be modified for a car, which it already supports the Evoque and Discovery Sport. I wouldn't think it that difficult, but maybe keeping the lengthened version from the Disco Sport is a better choice.

  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Oct 07, 2020

    Is it just me or is that steering wheel hub on the wrong way?

  • 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.
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