JLR ready to launch e-car in India

Tata Motors-owned British luxury car marquee Jaguar Land Rover is ready to launch its fully electric car in India provided the infrastructure needed for such cars is ready.

“We are ready to launch the fully electric car in the country,” Rohit Suri, president & managing director at Jaguar Land Rover India told Financial Chronicle.

He said Jaguar Land Rover will launch its all-electric Jaguar the I-Pace SUV in March 2018 for the global market and it can also be introduced in India.

“We need the infrastructure to be in place in our metros and cities such as the charging stations and the relevant ecosystem before a range of fully electric cars can be introduced in the country,” Suri explained.

The Centre had announced its mobility drive to make all vehicles in the country powered by electricity by 2030 but till date no notification has been introduced.

Last weekend, Jaguar Land Rover introduced the much awaited and popular the Range Rover Velar sports utility vehicle in India priced between Rs 78.83 lakh and 78.83 lakh and Rs 1.38 crore at showroom pan India.

The popular Velar takes on Audi Q7, Porsche Macan, BMW X5, Mercedes GLE and even the Jaguar F-Pace in the country.

“Ever since its global reveal, the Range Rover Velar has received an overwhelming interest in India from media, customers and Land Rover fans,” Suri said. He said with the tremendous response to the new SUV, it was sold out till March but declined to reveal numbers.

The company had opened the bookings for the Range Rover Velar in December last year. The model will be sold in India as fully imported unit.

Velar is the fourth model in the Range Rover family which is placed between the entry-level Range Rover Evoque and the midsize Range Rover Sport. “Velar will further strengthen Land Rover’s position in the overall luxury SUV market in India,” Suri boasted.

The SUV comes powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and the range topping 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine options. The Velar gets an all-wheel-drive system, along with a host of traction control systems, including Land Rover's all terrain progress control (ATPC).

The Velar comes equipped with top safety kit, some of which includes six airbags, electronic parking brake, emergency brake assist, roll stability control and cornering brake control among others.

Jaguar Land Rover India, which at present sells cars through its 26 outlets in the country, was the fastest growing luxury car in the country, selling 49 per cent more cars at 3,954 units in the calendar year 2017. Some of its hot selling models are the Jaguar XE, F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Range Rover Evoque.


Michael Gonsalves