By on October 7, 2020


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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13 Comments on “Changes Afoot at Jaguar: XF Retouched, XE and XF Sportbrake Binned...”

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    The writing was on the wall for the Sportbrake – you can still get a brand new 2018 today. Good luck finding a 2020.

    But man, are they achingly beautiful. I am seriously considering one for my next purchase. Used of course. Or who knows, maybe I will still be able to get a new 2018 in 2022.

  • avatar

    Not even anything more than a turbo-4 for an optional engine?!

    How the mighty have fallen!

    Apparently the retractable gear thing’s a bridge too far, as well!

    • 0 avatar

      Yep, turbo 4’s are fine for mass market, but in a Jaaaaag? Nope.

      • 0 avatar

        You could say the same for “Benzos” and “Bimmers” too.

        My problem with the current crop of Jags isn’t that they have the turbo four – it’s that they’re charging more for it than BMW, Audi or Mercedes is, and they’re doing that for cars with generic styling and unimpressive interiors. I saw a Whatever-pace (their entry CUV) and the thing had cloth seats for 40 grand. You might as well buy an Escape with the bigger engine. Who do these guys think they’re fooling?

        People are skeptical about the electric XJ that’s coming up; I say, huzzah. Burn it all down and try something different, and if that doesn’t work, shut it down.

  • avatar

    There is a rumor swirling that the XE would be replaced with a smaller entry model likely based on a FWD platform in hatchback form. Although, that wouldn’t fly in the US, but I could see a return of the X-Type. Since Jaguar wants connect with a younger market, they will have to look towards more fuel efficient models. If they were to do a sleeker liftback coupe-like profile model, it gives them something slightly unique and practical for the segment. Hatchbacks supposedly don’t sell in the US, but we haven’t exactly been given the best looking hatches like the European market either.

    • 0 avatar

      A FWD-based entry car wouldn’t be a bad idea in theory – Audi, BMW and Mercedes all sell them. The execution is the tricky part. Audi did it well with the A3; the Benz A-class is nice, but stupid-expensive for something built at a Nissan plant in Mexico; the BMW is ugly.

      Make it look cook, and make it look like a Jag, with a REAL premium interior, and they might get some play on it.

      • 0 avatar

        Agreed, the US has been left out in the cold on certain cars. If Jaguar wanted to stir things up, they could give us something on the lines of a 4-door VW Scirocco or even (I’m even grinning typing this) KIA Proceed GT. Models like that with the new styling they introduced on the XF would be a gamechanger for the brand.

    • 0 avatar

      What platform would they use for a FWD car? I’m guessing it would be an E-Pace looking thing.

      • 0 avatar

        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.

  • avatar

    Is there any XE sedan for 2021 in U.S.????

  • avatar

    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.

  • avatar

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

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