Jaguar cars have always looked better than their German counterparts but the English luxury car maker has not been able to take on its German rivals head on in the country, courtesy a smaller dealership network. Jaguar XJ, which is the flagship sedan of the British marque and a head turner of sorts, has received updates for 2014 that will be soon be launched internationally. The updated Jaguar XJ will come to us in June and the bookings for the car have already begun. The sweetest part of the deal is yet to come.
The fact that the 2014 Jaguar XJ facelift will be assembled locally in India, will be music to luxury saloon buyers, for the prices of the locally assembled XJ will begin at Rs 95 lakhs (ex-showroom, Maharashtra), which will be a good Rs 21 lakh lower than the current pricing. The car is currently brought in India via the CBU route and that results in a higher price tag due to the sizable import duties. Jaguar’s arch rivals, the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes Benz S-Class are also assembled locally.
The updated 2014 XJ luxury saloon will get additional features as a part of the facelift, notwithstanding the drop in price. The car will get two individual reclining seats in the rear with three massage settings, rear seat height and lumbar adjustment, an all new central console and armrest, electric side blinds and LED reading lights at the rear.
The front seats will get five massage settings and headroom will be increased by 13 mm too, which in particular has been a slight issue courtesy the swooping roofline of the car. The Portfolio trim, which is the top of the line trim level, will bring in seat memory, 10.2 inch rear entertainment screens and a ‘business’ table at the rear, as additional features.
Propelling the flagship luxury sedan will be the same 2.0 litre turbo petrol motor and 3.0 litre V6 diesel that power the current Jaguar XJ. The turbo petrol petrol unit puts out a maximum power of 240 Bhp while peak torque is rated at 340 Nm. The turbo diesel unit makes 275 Bhp of peak power and 600 Nm of peak torque, available at the tap of the gas pedal.