According to word emerging from the sidelines of the ongoing Paris Motor Show, Jaguar India plans to launch the XE luxury sedan in the middle of 2016. In India, the car will rival the likes of the Audi A4, the BMW 3-Series, the Mercedes Benz C-Class and the Volvo S60 sedans. The XE sedan is likely to be CKD assembled in India, at Jaguar-Land Rover’s assembly facility at Chikhli, off Pune. The XE luxury sedan sold in India will use a new range of Ingenium turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines.
A hopped up version of the Jaguar XE, with the S moniker to signify is high performance credentials, is also expected to be launched in India during 2016. The Jaguar XE-S, which comes from the luxury car maker’s SVR high performance car division, will take on the Audi RS5, the BMW M3 and the Mercedes Benz S63 AMG cars in India. Both cars from Jaguar will be underpinned by the luxury marque’s iQ[AL] platform, which extensively uses aluminum as a weight reduction measure.
Jaguar has been harping about how the XE and the XE-S cars will be great fun to drive. The cars use double wishbone suspension at front with an integral link suspension at the rear. Both rear wheel drive and all wheel drive options will be offered on the XE range. For India though, expect a rear wheel drive layout for the XE range while the XE-S range could bring along an all-wheel drive layout in case Jaguar decides to offer the layout as standard on the high performance sedan.
The XE luxury sedan will lead Jaguar’s volumes charge globally. The car is a clean sheet design, much at odds with its predecessor, the X-Type, which was based on the Ford Mondeo. While Jaguar had to discontinue the X-Type, which enjoyed a production run of 8 years between 2001 and 2009, on account of poor sales, the British luxury car maker would be hoping that the XE finds much better acceptance. Expect the India-spec XE luxury sedan to start near about the 30 lakh rupees mark.