Jaguar South Africa has confirmed that the Jaguar XE 300 Sport and XE Landmark Edition models are scheduled to launch locally in July 2018.
The special-edition XE 300 Sport will be offered with Jaguar Land Rover’s 221 kW/400 N.m 2,0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine, sprinting from 0-100 km/h in a claimed 5,7 seconds.
The XE 300 Sport comes fitted with an array of extra styling kit, including black-painted brake callipers (with "300 Sport" badging), a model-specific grille, a "300 Sport" rear badge and a dark-grey finish for items such as the grille surround, side vents, side-sills, side-mirror caps and boot spoiler. Both 19- and 20-inch grey alloy wheels will be offered.
Inside, you'll find yet more 300 Sport badges: on the front headrests, the steering wheel, the carpets and the tread plates. Much like the F-Type 400 Sport we tested last year, striking yellow contrast stitching has been applied to the instrument panel surround, door trim, armrest, carpets, steering wheel and seats.
The XE Landmark Edition, meanwhile, it is based on the existing XE R-Sport derivative and will be offered in both petrol and diesel forms. This model gains exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels along with a revised front bumper, as well as body-coloured boot spoiler and side-sills. The side window surrounds, side-mirror caps, grille surround and side vents are all finished in gloss black, with "Landmark" badging added to the side vents.
Inside, the XE Landmark Edition again uses the R-Sport model a starting point but adds Landmark-branded tread plates. The automaker says customers buying the Landmark Edition will benefit from the most popular XE features as standard, including Jaguar Land Rover’s Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Xenon headlights and front and rear parking sensors.
Having started with CAR days after graduating, Damian considers himself one of the luckiest interns in SA. With an insatiable passion for all things motoring, he lives for those dawn photoshoots and you’ll often find him in the CAR garage scrutinising the latest test vehicles.