Jaguar Land Rover is all set to kick-start the production of its locally made Jaguar XF saloon at its Pune facility in India. The introductory Jaguar XF models will bear the company’s much-acclaimed 2.2-litre diesel engine, the first for the Indian market.
Talking about this, 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."
Besides an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and significantly improved efficiency, the new Jaguar XF 2.2-litre diesel will come with an array of upgrades like rear view camera, touch screen, navigation System, TV Tuner, front passenger seat away, gear shifting paddles, electric sunroof, full size spare wheel and rear screen electric blind.
Jaguar Land Rover India recently posted an impressive growth of 32% in the wholesales in 2012. Discussing the powertrain of the new Jaguar, Ron Lee, Group Chief Engineer, Powertrains, Jaguar Cars said, "The engineering target in developing the 2013MY XF powertrain range was to optimise efficiency and enhance choice, while never compromising the effortless performance that is an inherent and vital characteristic in all our cars - each derivative in the new XF range meets that enhanced efficiency goal while offering the performance thrill expected of a Jaguar."