Jaguar XE 300 Sport comes with 296bhp and all-wheel drive

Jaguar has introduced a new, 296bhp all-wheel-drive model, the 300 Sport, its update XE range.

The special edition model is powered by the most powerful version of Jaguar’s four-cylinder petrol engine, the 2.0-litre Ingenium, the production of 295lb ft of torque.

With drive sent to all four wheels, allowing a 0-60mph time of 5.4 sec, which makes the car to just 0.5 seconds slower to the mark than the v-6 engine and rear-wheel-drive XE S.

The 300 Sport has custom design features, including dark trim for the mirrors, spoiler and front grille. The car sits on an exclusive model 19in or 20in wheels painted the same color.

Four body colours are available: Yulong White, Indus Silver, Santorini Black, and Caldera Red.

Inside, the XE 300 Sport has contrasting yellow stitching on the steering wheel, seats and internal doors. There are also 300 brand Sport kickplates, while the car floor mats and the headrests are embossed with the name.

As standard, the 300 Sport gets Jaguar Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10.0 touch screen.

Like the rest of the essence XE range, it features a new particulate filter, which can capture ultra-fine particles and oxidation to CO2.

The 300 Sport is available to order now, priced from £45,160, making £7015 more expensive than the next highest-ranking XED with the 296bhp engine, the R-Sport AWD.

Jaguar has also introduced the 300 Sport trim for its XF and XF Sportbrake models. These cars can also be specified with the brand 296bhp 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine, but they are not available in the Caldera Red.

To mark the launch of the new car, Jaguar pitted a XE 300 Sport against the Hungarian Winter Olympic gold medalist Shaolin Sándor Liu in a race on ice. Driven by Jaguar’s car of the stability boss, Sean Haughey, the car to beat the speed skater Liu on the ice for more than a minute.

Jaguar chief engineer, Mike Cross, said: “Ice is one of the most demanding surfaces for any vehicle to deal with, and this race has demonstrated the determination of the entire surface of capacity, and unrivaled handling in difficult conditions.”

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