Jaguar Land Rover’s plant in Pimpri has been assembling the XF, XJ, Evoque and the Freelander 2. Soon, the plant will commence the operations for the assembly of Discovery Sport too. But the other big news is that the Jaguar XE will also be assembled in Tata Motors’ Pimpri plant.
Jaguar will be launching the XE in the first quarter of this could be done even around the festive season if the British marquee decides to disrupt the German rival’s plans. The XE will be coming to India and we could see some localisation too. Today, Mercedes-Benz and BMW are already offering at least 50% localised parts on the 3 Series and the C-Class.
The XE will be powered by the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine and it will also come with a 2.0-litre petrol engine too. The XE is based on the new aluminium platform and this will be shared with the upcoming XF, XJ and the F-PACE too. The XE will be competing with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series. Volvo too has a product in this segment, which is the S60.
The XE will be the new entry-level car to the Jaguar brand and will boost the company’s sales plans. When we asked Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover on his plans for export from India, he mentioned, “ We are looking at several markets, however we aren’t considering India for exports at least at the moment.” The CEO was in Mumbai for the Tata Q4 Financial Result announcement.