Car maker has ditched S variant saloons due to poor sales and changes in emission regulations

Jaguar has axed its warm XE and XF variants, the XE S and XF S, which use the car maker’s supercharged six-cylinder engine.

The brand blamed the move on poor sales and changes in emission regulations.

The S variants of the XE and XF have been indirectly replaced with the XE 300 and XF 300, which use the 296bhp four-cylinder turbo unit found on the entry-level F-Type

While there is no word from Jaguar yet, it's highly likely that the V6 unit will also be dropped from other models, including the XJ and F-Pace. The V6 F-Type is likely to remain.

This widespread move is likely to be in response to new real-world emissions tests pushing up CO2 output, which is in turn, increasing car makers' average CO2 output. With tough emissions targets to meet, Jaguar will need to cull certain models to help bring down its average. However, because the V6 F-Type is relatively low volume, it is likely to have little effect on this average and can therefore stay in the line-up.

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In reference to the XE S and XF S, 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, [so that they are] still getting a Jaguar driving experience but more efficiently.”

He added that S sales accounted for less than 2% of XE and XF sales in the UK. The spokesman added: “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 required on all new cars in Europe from 1 September. Many car makers are having to tweak engines to meet the requirements. 

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Given the minuscule sales of the XE S and XF S, it would not be worth the R&D investment to make the V6 compliant. 

New WLTP emissions test could force heavy discounts on unsold cars

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 not subject to the new emission regulations.

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20 April 2018

XE S and XE S?..

20 April 2018

I guess they're not even pretending to have it in the pipeline anymore, huh?

20 April 2018

If the straight sixes are only a few months away from going live makes sense.That has gone quiet besides the contract  with Ford ending Sept 2019 .

21 April 2018
More bad news!!! sacked workers stories pulled from autocar pages models bein cut , gates closing???? Hope not great british name thousands on dole!!!

22 April 2018

There is bad news everywhere. However, things constantly change in the automotive industry and the company is adapting. The I-PACE looks pretty exciting and it is still very early days for the E-PACE. Your negativity is laughable.

22 April 2018

They are not close to being the "hot saloons" you say are popular in USA,that would be an XE-R or SVR, which is being denied us, for an SUV, with more weight and worse handling.RIP Jaguar hot saloons.Sad days indeed for petrolheads.


23 April 2018

Jaguar should have offered the V6 on the 'Portfolio' trim level.

The 'S' trim was too much Nike Trainer and not enough Brogue for my liking.

You had to have the massive wheels, you couldn't get the best interior colour schemes which are available on 'Portfolio,' you couldn't get the full range of wood veneers which are on 'Portfolio,' you didn't get the chrome grill, which I thought suited the car better than the black one. Not to mention that exterior colour options were poor. (Red, Blue or various shades of Grey)

Put simply, Jaguar decided that if you wanted the Pace, you couldn't have the Grace, and if you wanted the Grace, you couldn't have the Pace.

In fact they should just change their mantra to 'Grace, Pace OR Space' as the only models that could still be said to offer all 3 are the XJ and F-Pace.

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