2019 has relatively been a quiet year for the British marquee brand Jaguar in India. The Indian-owned luxury car brand neither introduced any new model nor facelifted any existing ones. And they had a good reason for it - a global sales slowdown.
But now, the carmaker is prepping up for that sales slump to eventually phase-out as it launches the facelifted XE sedan in India. Jaguar has priced the base version at INR 44.98 lakh ($62,500) and the top-spec trim at INR 46.32 lakhs ($64,500). When compared to the base variant of the outgoing model, the new car is INR 66,000 ($920) cheaper in the diesel derivative but INR 4 lakhs ($5,585) more expensive in petrol guise. Is it worth it?
Outside, while the overall look of the facelifted Jaguar XE remains the same, it receives minor cosmetic updates. For instance, the XE’s headlight and tail lamp unit resembles the ones seen on the brand’s flagship sports car, the Jaguar F-Type. The J-shaped DRLs adds bling to the slim headlamp cluster while the bumpers, both front and rear, also gain an edgier look.
A similar story continues on the inside. While the layout of the dashboard remains the same, the instruments receive upgrades. Speaking of which, the centre console in the facelifted XE now resembles a Range Rover with its dual-touch screen setup. The rising, rotary gear-knob makes do for a traditional gear lever and the materials inside the cabin are said to have been upgraded from hard plastic bits to soft.
Another noticeable change has been carried out, not on the car but the structuring. Initially, the XE was getting retailed in three variants - Pure, Prestige and Portfolio. But now, the initial two variants have been clubbed to form the S variant while the top-spec Portfolio has been renamed as the SE trim level.
While there is no change in the XE’s engines, Jaguar has upgraded both its engines to comply with BS-VI norms. The engine options include a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol putting out 250hp and 365Nm of torque or a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel capable of producing 180hp and 435Nm of torques. Doing gearbox duties is an 8-speed automatic transmission, sending all the power to the rear wheels.
Competing with the XE is BMW’s seventh-gen and all-new 3 series, the king of a premium interiors - C Class from Mercedes and the tech-loaded Audi A4. Although Jaguar has updated its premium sedan in the looks and tech department, will it still hold the hill in ride quality? A drive will tell.