Jaguar axes range-topping XE S and XE S models
The XE’s six-cylinder variant has been axed
Car maker has ditched hot saloons due to poor sales and emission regulation changes
The brand blamed the move on poor sales and emissions regulation changes.
The models, powered by its supercharged V6 engine, have been indirectly replaced with the XE and XF 300, which use the 296bhp four-cylinder turbo unit found on the entry-level F-Type.
A Jaguar spokesman said: “We have introduced the 296bhp 2.0L Ingenium, our most powerful four-cylinder engine yet, at a better price point [than the S models] which we are directing customers to, still getting a Jaguar driving experience but more efficiently.”
He added that S sales accounted for less than 2% of XE and XF sale sin the UK. “Coupled with impending emissions regulation changes, it makes sense to remove these variants from sale in the UK.”
The models are the latest victims of the new WLTP emission tests which are required on all new cars in Europe from September 1, 2018. Many car makers are having to tweak engines to meet the requirements.
Given the minuscule sales of XE S and XF S, it would not be worth the R&D investment to make the V6 compliant.
While the XE S and XF S are no longer available to order, there is some stock remaining in retailers. The models also remain on sale in North America, where hot saloons are popular. The US is also not subject to the new emissions regulations.
Source: Autocar Online