Jaguar Land Rover, the Tata-owned luxury British marquee, unveiled the XE saloon last year in London, and since then, speculations are afloat regarding its India launch. It was learnt that Jaguar might launch the XE sedan in India at the 2016 Auto Expo in February. Now, Jaguar XE sedan has been captured at the ARAI testing facility in Pune, Maharashtra without any camouflage in India, and it is believed to be imported for R&D purposes.
The XE sedan is Jaguar's new entry-level sedan and it would rival the likes of Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series, and Audi A4. All of the aforementioned sedans are manufactured locally in India and hence, it would be a tough challenge for Jaguar to price the XE aggressively. It is still not known whether the Jaguar XE would be locally manufactured in India or it would be retailed as CBU. The sedan boasts of some high-end premium features such as electric power steering, eight-inch touchscreen intuitive new InControl infotainment system with Voice control, cruise control, 14-way power adjustment for front seats with heating and cooling option, heated rear seats with 40:20:40 split-fold, etc.
Under the hood, the Jaguar XE has the company's newly-developed Ingenium range of 2.0L, 4-cylinder diesel powertrains. The 2.0L Ingenium diesel engine develops power and torque in two tunes: 160 bhp/380 Nm and 178 bhp/430 Nm. The petrol variants are offered with 2.0L engine, but they may not be introduced in India due to the high demand for diesel luxury cars. Furthermore, Jaguar XE also has a high-performance XE S variant, which comes loaded with a 3.0L, V6, Supercharged petrol engine. Just so you know, Jaguar F-type coupe is powered by the aforesaid engine and it develops 335bhp of maximum power. However, it is still not clear whether the company would launch this performance-based variant in India.
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