Jaguar India has officially kick started commencement of bookings for their new entry level luxury sedan – the XE. Unveiled officially in London back in September 2014, XE will be launched in India on February 3, 2016 at the Auto Expo. The car is the first Jaguar product to be based on the aluminium intensive monocoque platform.
The 3 series, A4 and C Class rival though will be available only with a 2.0 litre petrol engine and no diesel option! The car is expected to be manufactured (assembled) in Jaguar Land Rover’s Pune facility to keep the prices competitive. We believe that the Tata owned British brand will introduce diesel mill options with time based on the response to the car.
The petrol mill has been tuned for two output options:
- In the first option, the 2.0 litre mill produces 200 PS of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and 320 Nm of peak torque in the range of 1,750 to 4,000 rpm. With the powerplant in this tune the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.7 second and has a top speed of 237 kmph.
- The second version gets a more powerful setup with the engine churning out 240 PS of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and 340 Nm of peak torque also in the same range of 1,750 to 4,000 rpm. In this mode the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.8 second and has a top speed of 250 kmph.
Transmission details have not been revealed but internationally both the options get an 8 speed automatic gearbox.
XE will be feature loaded with the list including Torque Vectoring by Braking, All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), Softgrain Windsor leather seats, panoramic sliding sunroof, interior mood lighting, navigation system, 380 Watt Meridian sound system and surround camera system.
The smallest Jaguar, we are sure, will make for a tough competition against the rivals.