Jaguar XF and XE get new performance flagships

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Jaguar XF and XE become latest models to get performance-inspired range toppers.

Jaguar has revealed new Sport variants of the XF and XE with 2.0-litre mild-hybrid engine. The models get uprated performance, bespoke design features and Amazon Alexa connectivity.

Both models are now available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 221kW and 420Nm. The engine is supported by mild-hybrid technology, consisting of a belt-integrated starter-generator (BiSG) and a 48V lithium-ion battery.

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For the Jaguar XF Sportbrake and sedan, 0-100km/h is achievable in 5.8sec, while the XE completes the same sprint in 5.6sec. The top speed for both models is pegged at 250km/h.

Jaguar claims a combined economy figure of 4.8L/100km for the XE and 4.9L/100km for the XF sedan.

As well as the new engine, the two 300 Sport models also benefit from Jaguar’s Black Pack, which includes a gloss black contrasting roof and privacy glass. They also gain 20-inch alloy wheels that can be specified in either grey or silver.

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On top of Jaguar’s standard range of colours, two premium exterior paints – Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver – can be selected.

Inside, the XF and XE feature aluminium and ash-coloured veneers, along with metal gearshift paddles and pedals.

Like all other Jaguar models, the new XF and XE come with Amazon Alexa connectivity, which is integrated into the Pivi Pro infotainment system. It’s also available as an over-the-air update for current owners.

The XF and XE follow the Jaguar F-Pace and the Range Rover Velar (HST 400) in receiving a Sport edition. Revealed in Europe so far, the models have not yet been confirmed for Australia.

Jack Warrick

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