ICB Exclusive: Camouflaged facelifted Jaguar XF luxury sedan spotted in India

Team ICB’s roving eye in the sky, EarthFusion, is on the prowl and the spyshots are flowing in thick and fast. Today, we have with us a spyshot of a luxury car, which happens to an exclusive reported first by Team ICB. The spyshot in question is that of the Jaguar XF sedan, the facelifted version of which was spotted testing in Pune, India. The Jaguar XF in question features the changes that made their appearance at the 2011 New York Motor Show. We also have reasons to suspect that the engine under the hood is the entry level 2.2 Liter turbo diesel unit.

2012 Jaguar XF Sedan Facelift Spyshot

2012 Jaguar XF Sedan Facelift Spyshot

Given that Jaguar has already begun the CKD assembly of the 3 Liter-V6 turbo diesel engined 2012 Jaguar XF luxury sedan at Chikli, off Pune from the last couple of weeks, the next big change in the India-spec car will be the arrival of the 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engine.  This smaller diesel engine will be borrowed from the likes of the Land Rover Freelander2 SUV and the Range Rover Evoque crossover. This 2.2 Liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel engine will produce a peak power of 190 Bhp and a peak torque of 420 Nm. The engine will be mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission. Start-Stop will be standard on this engine.

The smaller 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engine is known for being extremely fuel efficient and this is a major selling point of the smaller engined Jaguar XF Diesel. Jaguar plans to take the competition by the horns in India with the XF 2.2 sedan and the car is expected to be offered with a very competitive price. Initial indications suggest a sub INR 40 lakh price for the Jaguar XF 2.2 diesel luxury sedan. At that price, the Jaguar will offer compelling value to luxury sedan buyers in India whose other options include the likes of the Audi A6, the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes Benz E-Class. Currently, Jaguars sell much lesser than the cars sold by the Teuton trio mainly due to the higher prices at which Jaguars are positioned at due to CBU import.

While the Teuton car makers are well entrenched in the Indian luxury car market, Jaguar will be hoping to upset an apple cart or two with the 2.2 liter turbo diesel engined XF sedan. Along with the new 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engine, the 2012 model of the Jaguar XF gets a minor facelift in the form of a slimmer headlamps with LED daytime running light strips, a larger front grille,  a new front bumper and LED tail lamps. CKD assembly of the Jaguar XF 2.2 is expected to happen in India very soon.  With that, expect to see many more Jaguar XF sedans on Indian streets. Our sources indicate that early 2012 would be the time at around which the assembly of the Jaguar XF is expected to commence. The car will be built at Chikli, off Pune, which was a facility that the previous Tata Motors-Mercedes Benz alliance used to run many years ago.

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