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Scoop: Jaguar to launch XF 2.2 diesel in India.

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Jaguar has finally confirmed that it will be launching the XF with a 2.2 diesel engine by the end of 2012. The engine will be tuned to be compatible with local diesel available in India which means it will come without a DPF filter. Jaguar has suffered quite a bit because of the duty norms which makes their cars more expensive than their German counterparts. However local assembly of the XF will not happen before 2013. Locally assembling the XF will help bring the down the costs of the car by a fair margin. It will be assembled in the same facility which currently assembles the LR Freelander 2.

JLR combined sold 2,300 cars in 2011 and this year hopes to clock 2,500 units. The XF 2.2 should hot up things in the mid luxury segment for sure

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Wonder how competitively Jaguar will be able to price XF2.2 especially if it continues to be an import. There are some fantastic deals on the BMW 520d and Merc E220CDI. However, Jag brand is much stronger than all the German ones I feel and hence it can command some premium

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Nice to see Jag finally launching the 2.2 here. It should hopefully be priced lower than the 3.0 diesel. But 2013 seems a bit far away as far as locally assembly for the Jag goes. They should try and get that done super quick. The Jag definitely has more class, character and exclusivity than the German trio. Hope to see more XFs fly off the shelves once the 2.2 is here

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JLR didnt reduce prices of the CKD Freelander by much as compared the CBU version which was available earlier and I took dont expect much of a price difference for the XF (3.0) when it becomes a CKD.

Jaguar must price the 2.2-litre XF competitively if it really wants more buyers. I guess the 2.2-litre engine is similar to the one that does duty on the Freelander.

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perhaps the reason of not decreasing the price would be that first they dont want to make an impression that JLR cars come cheaper now. Secondly, Indians are the best spendthrifts so why not exploit this to cure UK Based companies financial condition.

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