Jaguar is not expected to discontinue F-Type with V6 and V8 engines as the volumes are less and it doesn’t affect the average CO2
Europe is going to introduce Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) from September onwards. This replaces current lab based tests as vehicles will be used on real-world testing conditions to determine CO2 levels and experts suggest that most cars CO2 will go up by 15g/km.
So manufacturers have started to discontinue or temporarily stop the sales of vehicles with high CO2 numbers. Audi has stopped sales of SQ5 while BMW discontinued M3 and M4 has been taken of sales for some time. The new rule is going to hit performance cars very hard as they emit more CO2 than regular models.
Jaguar discontinued the range topping XE S and XF S. Both these models are powered by 3.0 L supercharged V6 engine from F-Type producing 375 hp at 6,500 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The power is sent to rear wheels via 8 speed automatic gearbox.
This engine helps XE S to post 0-100 kph in 5 sec flat which is incredible considering the size and top speed is limited to 250 kph. The XF S is marginally less quicker than XE S because of it’s weight. But Jaguar has replaced both these variants with new XE 300 and XF 300. The new performance variants are powered by 2.0 L four cylinder turbocharged engine producing 296 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque.
The power is sent to all four wheels via 8 speed automatic gearbox. Jaguar has also added a new particulate filter on the exhaust system to capture ultra fine particles which increases pollution. Another reason for discontinuing XE S and XF S is the lack of demand as these models contribute to just 2% of the total sales of respective models.
Jaguar is not expected to discontinue F-Type with V6 and V8 engines as the volumes are less and it doesn’t affect the average CO2. But it’s a good time to buy these performance models as lots of dealers have unsold stock and customers could get good discount. Jaguar will continues to sell XE S and XF S in US market as the new law is only for Europe.