Jaguar has commenced the production of the all-new Jaguar XE entry-level sedan at its Solihull plant. It would be the first Jaguar car to be made at the 70 years old Solihull plant as the plant manufactures only Land Rover cars like the Defender, Discovery, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. The production model in question here is the India-bound right-hand-drive version, which is likely to debut at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo.
The Tata-owned British luxury marquee has made an investment of 1.5 billion pounds in this plant to produce new models, adorning its new aluminium-intensive architecture. Apart from the Jaguar XE, the yet-to-be-revealed F-PACE SUV would also be manufactured at this plant. Just so you know, the F-PACE is the first crossover SUV to come out of Jaguar and would apparently make its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Also, a few reports suggest that Land Rover is introducing a new model of Range Rover which would sit between the existing Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. And, this new Range Rover model would also be made at the Solihull production plant along with Jaguar XE and Jaguar F-PACE.
Under the hood, the XE would be available with a set of 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines of company's newly-developed Ingenium family of powertrains. In addition, ther would be a high-performance variant on offer with a 3.0L supercharged V6 petrol engine. The 2.0L diesel engine would generate power in two modes - 163PS and 180PS. On the other hand, the 2.0L turbocharged petrol motor would churn out maximum powers of 200PS and 240PS. Coming to the top-of-the-range 3.0L V6 mill, which also comes with entry-level variants of F-type Coupe, it would produce a maximum power output of 340PS. These engines would be paired to 6-speed manual transmission and 8-speed automatic gearbox; however, in the Indian market, it would come with the automatic gearbox only.
Initially, it would be offered as CBU in India, but later the company plans to manufacture it locally at its Pune plant like the other company models XF, XJ, Land Rover Freelander and Range Rover Evoque. The Jaguar XE would be challenging the likes of Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, while coming in a price domain of Rs. 32-36 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).