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Affordable Jaguar from Pune plant

Mumbai, Jan. 21: Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the subsidiary of Tata Motors, has said it will produce the Jaguar XF sedan at its Pune facility, a move that will make the luxury sedan more affordable to domestic users.

The variant, which will be the second JLR model to be assembled in India, with a 2.2-litre diesel engine will be introduced in the country at an entry price of Rs 44.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).

Jaguar’s currently available diesel and petrol XF variants with 3-litre and 5-litre engines are priced between Rs 57.15 lakh and Rs 1.03 crore (ex-showroom).

These Jaguars will be built alongside Land Rover Freelander 2 vehicles that are being produced in Pune since May 2011.

Rohit Suri, vice-president, Jaguar Land Rover India, said JLR’s best-selling models in India were the Land Rover Freelander 2 and the Jaguar XF, and this had prompted the move to build these products locally.

“The Jaguar XF has become very popular with our customers because of its performance, elegance and contemporary individual styling. 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,” Suri said.

Jaguar Land Rover India has reported a 32 per cent growth in sales in 2012 at 2,393 cars compared with 1,813 units in the previous year.

The locally-built Jaguar XF 2.2-litre diesel car comes with an array of standard features, including rear view camera, TV tuner, navigation system, front passenger seat away, touch screen, gear shifting paddles, full-size spare wheel, electric sunroof, rear screen electric blind and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Since its acquisition in 2008, JLR has proved to be a great buy for Tata Motors as it has been one of the key factors behind the company reporting robust financial performance at a time the domestic automobile market is facing challenge of an economic slowdown and firm interest rates.

 
 
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