Jaguar has revealed a long-wheelbase (LWB) version of its XE sedan exclusively for the Chinese market, as stretched versions of standard models are popular there. The second LWB version in the market for the British manufacturer, the XEL follows in the footsteps of the XFL that was unveiled in China last year.
The XEL’s wheelbase has been stretched by 100mm compared to the standard model, and is now 2,935mm long.
The long-wheelbase model is mechanically identical to the standard one and is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor making either 200hp or 250hp.
However, the insides, particularly the rear section, is expected to include a rear-seat entertainment system, a larger panoramic sunroof and additional creature comforts to differentiate it from its standard sibling.
Jaguar’s XEL will be produced by the Chery-JLR joint venture only for the Chinese market, where it will rival the likes of the Audi A4L, BMW 3Li, and the Mercedes C-class L.
It is highly unlikely that Jaguar will bring this version to India where it already sells the standard XE in petrol and diesel guises with prices starting at Rs 38.84 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
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