Jaguar XE production to commence at Solihull Plant in UK
It was in 2014 when Jaguar Land Rover unveiled its all-new XE sedan and made its entry back into the sports saloon segment. It comes as big news that the much-awaited sedan has finally made its way into the production stage at JLR’s new Solihull Plant.
As per reports, the Jaguar XE sedan will be built on an all-new aluminum platform and will be offered with an array of petrol and diesel engine options. Its diesel variant will come powered by a 2.0-litre Ingenium 4-cylinder mill, which will be offered in two states of tune – 163 PS and 380 Nm of torque as well as 180 PS and 430 Nm of torque. With regards to the petrol variant`s specifications, a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol mill will power the XE sedan churning out 200 PS and 280 NM of torque along with 240 PS and 340 NM of torque output. The Jaguar XE top-end model will also be available with a 3.0-litre V6 engine producing a massive 340 PS of power and 450 Nm of twisting force. The engines will be mated to a 6-speed or 8-speed gearbox and in all probability the Indian spec will be offered with the 8 speed option.
The XE sedan is all set to rival the likes of the German trio mainly the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C- Class and many others. It is said that Jaguar India is going to launch the new XE sedan initially as a CBU product and a CKD one at a later stage. This new XE sedan is going to be introduced at the 2016 Auto Expo for the Indian market.
The XE which is going to be built at JLR’s Solihull plant is a huge 1.65 lakh square meter unit which is just not the largest growing manufacturing unit in the UK, but also has the largest aluminum body shop. For sure, the production of the Jaguar XE sedan at this; plant means a lot for both the Jaguar and Land Rover as the Solihull plant only used to produce Land Rover vehicles until now. But with the XE sedan, this plant will open room for many new models being rolled off from this assembly unit. Jaguar F-Pace might also be a part of this manufacturing unit.
Going further, the whole team of Jaguar is fortunate to have XE sedan being produced at the Solihull plant as it clearly showcases the elasticity of their manufacturing unit due to heavy strategic investment done in aluminum technologies and infrastructure in the past. It has also made way for producing two of the most premium brands of the world- Jaguar and Land Rover under one roof.
When launched in India the British luxury carmaker is expected to price the Jaguar XE between Rs 25 – 45 Lakh (ex-Showroom).