It has been a while since we posted about Jaguar Land Rover’s plans to assemble more vehicle in India. JLR has finally announced that the assembly of the Jaguar XF sedan has commenced in India. JLR also announced a new entry level variant priced at Rs. 44.5 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai pre octroi). The new variant will be called the 2.2-litre Diesel ‘Luxury’ and powered by the 2.2 i4 Td diesel mill which is good for 190 PS at 3500 rpm and a peak torque of 450 Nm at 2000 rpm.
Features on the ‘Luxury’ model include rear view camera, TV Tuner, navigation System, front passenger seat away, touch screen, gear shifting paddles, full size spare wheel, electric sunroof, rear screen electric blind. Power is delivered to the rear wheels through the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Rohit Suri, Vice President, Jaguar Land Rover India said: “Our best-selling models in India are the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the Jaguar XF and this has driven the move to build these products locally. The Jaguar XF has become very popular with our customers due to its sports car performance, outstanding luxury saloon elegance and contemporary individual styling. Its inspired engineering and technological innovation have helped it to win more than 100 awards internationally. So we are now delighted to offer this car as a locally built product with a new engine for this market, which will enable us to provide our customers with a wider choice of competitively priced models.”
Jaguar Land Rover India recently announced a 32% growth in wholesales in 2012 at 2393 cars compared with 1813 cars in the previous year helped by the Land Rover Freelander 2 which is the only other JLR model being assembled locally. As reported earlier, Tata hopes to capture 20% of the Indian luxury car market by making Jaguar Land Rover products in India competitive price wise.