Jaguar’s flagship luxury saloon, the XJ, a competitor to the Audi A8, Mercedes S-Class, and BMW 7-Series, used to cost INR 1.16 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai) until May this year when the first locally assembled Jaguar was launched in India, which reduced the car’s price to Rs 92 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai.That car was the XJ 3.0L diesel and now Jaguar has launched the locally assembled XJ 2.0L petrol at a price of INR 93.24 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
So while the XJ 3.0L diesel had become the first car in its segment to come down from above one-crore slab, the XJ 2.0L petrol has followed suit and reduced the entry to the elite club for petrol car lovers. And Jaguar is also correct in saying that the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine is a first in the segment. It is no slouch though as the unit produces 237 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 340 Nm torque at just 1,750 rpm. Jaguar claims an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency figure of 9.4 kmpl.
However, unlike the XJ 3.0L diesel, which is available in both Premium and Portfolio trim levels, the XJ 2.0L comes only in the top-end Portfolio spec. It gets electrically adjustable rear seats with massage function that further comes with three settings to choose the intensity of the massage; an 825 Watt Meridian Surround Audio System, two 25.9 cm (10.2) LCD screens at the rear, electric rear side window blinds, and LED reading lights in the rear, among others.
Other than the two XJ sedans Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR) also assembles the XF sedan and the Freelander SUV locally. JLR will gradually try to assemble almost its entire range in India making the models cheaper than the comparative vehicles offered by other luxury car manufacturers. For example, the Mercedes S-500, despite being locally assembled from early this year, still starts at INR 1.36 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai)..