The 2016 XE sedan first broke covers in the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. This compact executive car will be the most affordable Jaguar and will be positioned against its entry level competitors such as the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. The car that made its grand entry in London, dangling from a helicopters, is now heading to subcontinent and according to Import/Export data website Zauba, a unit of the new XE has already reach the Indian shores.
But the import didn’t surprise us as much as the price. The unit of Jaguar XE that came into the country via the CKD route, according to the import data website, costs Rs 2,497,914. Compare that to its prime rivals and the base variant of the Audi A4 costs about Rs 32 lakh. The entry level BMW 3-Series costs about Rs 36 lakh while the Mercedes C-Class goes up to Rs 40 lakh (all prices are ex-showroom Delhi). The new XE will prove highly competitive if Jaguar manages to price this upcoming compact sedan anywhere near the indicated price tag.
Mechanically, the new Jaguar XE receives two engine options. The first option is a newly developed Ingenium modular engine which is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel inline four cylinder unit that reportedly delivers up to 75mpg UK (62.5mpg US or 3.8l/100km). The 2.0-litre motor is capable of churning out 161bhp of power and 349Nm of peak torque.
The second power train announced for the XE is a healthy 3.0-litre supercharged V6 motor from the F-Type. This 3.0-litre engine can deliver 335bhp of power and comes paired to an 8-speed auto for the sporty S model. Naught to 60mph time stands at 4.9 seconds and the top speed is electronically-limited to 155mph (250km/h). The engine would come mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.
Jaguar is yet to reveal the launch date but expect to see this new sedan in the showrooms by end of 2015 or early 2016. If the suggested price of Rs 24.97 lakh is something to go by, Jaguar XE will go off the shelves like hot cakes! Do you agree? Let us know your views through the comments section.