Both cars will also join the XE in receiving RDE2-compliant diesel engines, which Darley said required a “huge push” on the engineering side to ensure the XE was the first car in its class to market with the ultra-efficient engines ahead of an emissions regulation change in 2021.
What remains unclear, however, is whether the XF S and F-Pace S will return. The new XE will no longer be available with the supercharged V6 S variant for the rest of its lifecycle, while V6 petrol and diesel versions of the F-Pace and XF are no longer on sale.
Jaguar Land Rover has just released a new inline six-cylinder petrol engine in the Range Rover Sport, but with the XE S axed due to slow sales it remains to be seen whether that engine will return to the larger models.
Darley confirmed that examples of the long-awaited F-Pace SVR will finally arrive in dealers in April, well over a year since the car’s reveal. The V8-powered Porsche Macan rival was apparently delayed after engineers decided changes to the car’s set-up were required, but Autocar also understands there was a parts supply issue.