Jaguar has just released the first official image of its newest offering, the new Jaguar XEL. Essentially the long-wheelbase version of the Jaguar XE compact sedan, the new Jaguar XEL is designed to offer a more spacious interior and is targeted only towards the large auto market in China.
Customers in China are known to prefer premium vehicles, especially ones that offer a spacious rear cabin. This is primarily because more Chinese customers like to be chauffeured, instead of being behind the steering. Because of this, vehicles offering more than ample legroom in the rear cabin are heavily desired by Chinese customers. To this end, carmakers are incessant in offering lengthy vehicles or long-wheelbase versions of their current models. Jaguar has already joined the long list of carmakers trying to get a chunk of the humongous auto market in China. Just last year, Jaguar launched the long-wheelbase version of the XF – the XFL – in the country. Now, the British carmaker officially revealed the looks of the new Jaguar XEL.
Overall, the Jaguar XEL basically looks like the Jaguar XE, except for some tweaks on the dimensions of a number of its parts to accommodate the longer wheelbase. Underpinned supposedly by the new JLR modular vehicle architecture that also underpins the Jaguar XE and XF, the new Jaguar XEL also features a coupe-like profile and a dynamic cab-rearward stance. It has the same dynamic sculpted hood and signature J-Blade daytime running lights as the XE.
While the Jaguar XE has a wheelbase that measures 283.5 mm (116.6 in), the Jaguar XEL extends this figure by around 10 mm. This means that the new Jaguar XEL has a wheelbase that measures 293 mm or 2.93 meters. This should result to a larger space in the rear passenger cabin, with considerable expansion in terms of leg room. This way, the Jaguar XEL would greatly appeal space-hungry customers in China who are looking for a more comfortable ride at the back.
The increase in the wheelbase is apparent on the length of the rear doors of the Jaguar XEL. These doors are longer than those in the Jaguar XE. With longer and larger rear doors, it has become easier for rear passengers to enter or exit the new Jaguar XEL. Interestingly, the new Jaguar XEL would be available with a massive panoramic roof with skylight function and adaptive cruise control.
As for its propulsion system, the new Jaguar XEL will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine available in two power outputs -- 200 hp and 250 hp. Jaguar hasn’t revealed that interior of the new XEL, but it is expected that it would come with a number of features that would set it apart from the XE.
The new Jaguar XEL will be assembled by the Chery-Jaguar Land Rover joint venture in China.