Jaguar and Land Rover are getting ready to add more cars into the CKD manufacturing list. Jaguar plans to add the XJ luxury sedan to the assembly list in India. The luxury car that competes with the Mercedes Benz S Class will be built at Jaguar Land Rover’s assembly factory in India. The assembly factory is located at Chikhli, near Pune and presently assembles the Jaguar XF and the Land Rover Freelander2 SUV.
Local assembly of the XJ ultra luxury car in India will lead to lower prices as assembling through the CKD route will attract an import duty of 30%, which is much lower than the 170% taxes that Jaguar has to pay when it imports cars through the CBU route. The next major model to be assembled in India after the XJ will be the Range Rover Evoque crossover. The Evoque is one of the larger selling cars in Jaguar-Land Rover’s Indian line up.
The Jaguar XJ sold in India comes with turbo and supercharged petrol and turbocharged diesel engine options. Local assembly is likely for the diesel engined model as that brings the maximum sales for the car in the Indian market. As of now, the lowest priced Jaguar XJ with the 2 liter turbo petrol engine costs Rs. 1.16 crores while the 3 liter V6 diesel costs Rs. 1.26 crores. These prices will be lowered to the Rs. 80-90 lakh mark once CKD assembly begins.
Similarly, the Evoque’s least priced diesel powered version costs Rs. 55 lakhs. This should go down to the Rs. 40-45 lakhs mark once CKD assembly begins. The top of the line versions of the XJ and the Evoque could continue as CBUs as the sales numbers of these variants are low anyways. The locally CKD assembled XJ and the Evoque will begin selling in India by the end of this year.