Jaguar, the British luxury marquee, has imported a completely knocked down (CKD) kit of its XE sedan in India for research and development (R&D) purposes. The import-export website Zauba reports that the imported car has a diesel powerplant. It is being speculated that the company would start the local assembling of XE sedan at its Chakan production facility in Pune.
Jaguar XE would be the new entry-level car in Jaguar's portfolio as value of the imported CKD kit has been declared to be Rs. 24.97 Lakhs. Going by the available data on Zauba, it has a 2.0L, 4-cylinder diesel Ingenium powertrain. Being seen as a potential threat to the likes of Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series and Audi A4, it is expected to be launched in the country in February 2016 at Indian Auto Expo. However, production would commence at Jaguar Land Rover's Pune plant by the end of 2015 as the company intends to sell around 1300-4000 units of the sedan per month. For those asking, Jaguar also offers a 6-speed manual transmission with the XE; but, sadly, it won't make its way to India as the India-spec model would feature an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Jaguar XE would be the cheapest Jaguar ever sold as it would have a sub 30-Lakhs pricing upon its launch in the country. Local assembly of the sedan would help the company to price it more aggressively, and stellar pricing would ensure sure-shot success. One more fact, that makes it even more desirable for the Indian buyers is the promising fuel efficiency of over 22kmpl. The company might also launch the high-performance variant of the sedan which has F-type coupe's 3.0L V6 supercharged motor.