Tata Motors-owned British luxury marque Jaguar Land Rover has launched Jaguar XE and Jaguar XF sedans in India with new light-weight petrol engine to boost sales in Asia’s third biggest economy.
The Mumbai-based auto major has replaced its aging 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor with their new Ingenium petrol motor, which has a similar capacity.
The new light-weight petrol engine made its way in the recently launched Land Rover Velar, the sports utility vehicle.
The new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium engine has been completely developed by JLR and is part of its modular Ingenium family. The powertrain is offered in both 147 kW and 184 kW outputs and is mated to an 8-speed electronic automatic transmission.
Interestingly, it is a low-friction, lightweight all-aluminum-intensive design, which uses Continuously Variable Valve Lift technology. This improves its power output by 25 per cent – while being 15 per cent more fuel-efficient at the same time, owing to its light weight.
The price of Jaguar XE, powered by the all-aluminium Ingenium 2-litre petrol powertrain, starts from Rs 35.99 lakh while that of Jaguar XF starts from Rs 49.80 lakh.
Interestingly, the update has made the Jaguar XE marginally costlier by Rs 14,000 while making the Jaguar XF much cheaper by Rs 1.59 lakh.
The same engine is also expected to power other JLR models in the near future. One such model is the upcoming 2018 Range Rover Sport facelift, where it will be equipped with twin-scroll turbo to produce 300hp.
“The Jaguar XE and XF have done tremendously well in India, and with the entry of the refined and efficient Ingenium petrol powertrain on our award-winning sedans, we expect more customers to enjoy the thrilling drive experience these two cars offer,” Rohit Suri, president and managing director at Jaguar Land Rover India, said.
Jaguar Land Rover competes with rival and market leader German car giant Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Swedish brand Volvo Cars in India, which sells about 40,000 luxury cars annually.