Jaguar XF 300 Sport Model Arrives With Plenty Of Style And Tech

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The BMW 5 Series' most athletic rival has a sporty new look.

Following the addition of new trim levels and features to the Jaguar F-Pace SUV, the British luxury carmaker has bestowed a host of updates to its sedan models. Known as the 300 Sport models, the XE (no longer available in America) and XF gain unique exterior styling flourishes such as a Black Pack, Gloss Black contrast roof, and privacy glass. These subtle additions make for two menacing-looking sedans.

Both the sportier-looking XE and XF receive 20-inch wheels, although the XF is available in two finishes. Gloss Silver with black inserts is standard, but buyers can elect to option all-black items. Also available at extra cost is a panoramic sunroof, but those wanting the handsome XF Sportbrake will have to settle for a fixed panoramic glass roof. JLR is known for offering gorgeous paint finishes and the latest sporting sedans are no exception. Aside from the regular color choices, two premium hues - Carpathian Grey and Silicon Silver - will be made available.

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Striking good looks need the power to match and Jaguar hasn't disappointed. The gas-powered 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ingenium engine produces a heady 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. In the XE, this translates into a brisk 5.6-second sprint to 60 mph. The heavier XF is slightly slower, hitting 60 mph in a still-impressive 5.8 seconds. Both models are limited to a top speed of 155 mph and utilize a smooth-shifting eight-speed auto box.

Power is sent to all four wheels via the standard all-wheel-drive system. Inside, Jaguar has tried its best to enliven the rather demure cabin of the XE and XF. While attractive in their own right, both pale in comparison when viewed next to their respective German rivals. A unique Satin Charcoal Ash veneer is applied to the XF, while metal gearshift paddles and bright metal pedals lend the premium Brit a dynamic feel. Customers won't be disappointed by the in-car technology, though.

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All XF models now receive Amazon Alexa integration as standard, affording greater convenience to passengers. The technology allows occupants to access a bevy of features, including music, navigation, and smartphone compatibility. What's more, Alexa adds a level of practicality never seen on a Jaguar before. UK- and US-based customers can monitor their vehicle's status; a glance at an Alexa-enabled device will be able to tell you whether your windows are open or doors are unlocked.

Customers in the UK can place their order from April 28, with the XF Sedan 300 Sport priced from £47,730 (approx. $60,000). There's no word yet as to when the more dynamic XF will arrive stateside, but Jaguar USA will most likely introduce it soon after the UK launch. Sadly, we won't be receiving the XE or XF Sportbrake. If the brand's local subsidiary can bring the XF 300 Sport in at this price, it may have the potential to steal sales from the less-powerful (but very talented) BMW 530i xDrive.

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