Jaguar has confirmed the introduction of a new 296bhp engine for its XE and XF executive cars.
The 2.0-litre ’30t’ unit will replace the 375bhp supercharged V6 in the XE S and XF S. The only remaining six-cylinder engine in the XF line-up is now the 296bhp 3.0-litre diesel, which is badged ’30d’.
Although replacing larger, more powerful engines with a smaller version may seem a retrograde step, but it offers an improvement in economy. Where the V6 returned just under 35mpg in the XE, the 30t manages more than 37mpg.
In another nod to environmental considerations, Jaguar will also fit its petrol engines with particulate filters in some markets. These filters have been used on diesel engines for some time, but they are only just beginning to be used on petrol-powered units as concerns regarding air pollution continue to grow.
As well as improved environmental credentials, the new engine also comes with a fresh trim level. The XE and XF ranges both welcome ‘300 Sport’ models to the fold.
Visually, the newcomer is set apart by grey details. The door mirror caps, rear spoiler and grille surround are all painted in a satin-finish paint, while 300 Sport badges adorn the grille and boot. The logo can also be found on the brake callipers, which lurk behind exclusive grey wheels.
Inside, the 300 Sport gets yellow stitching on the leather, sports carpet mats and embossed logos on the headrests. A 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system is also a standard feature.
Prices start at £45,160 for the XE 300 Sport, while the XF 300 Sport costs from £47,215.