The 2018 Jaguar XEL with its stretched-out wheelbase and longer doors is the newest addition to the growing list of premium sedans in China---joining the ranks of Mercedes-Benz C-Class L, BMW 3Li and Audi A4L in the long wheelbase category.
Given the increased wheelbase measurement, the XEL is basically an upsized XE variant. But to further differentiate between the regular XE and the elongated sedan, the XEL’s side sills and door handles have been specially painted in chrome in addition to the special XEL badges placed across the windows.
The wheelbase now has an overall measurement of 2,935mm (or 115.5 inches) after Jaguar has extended the distance between the two axles by 3.9 inches (100mm). In contrast, the standard XF’s wheelbase is longer by an inch or 25mm. With this additional measurement, the new XEL offers more legroom than the XE with at least an extra 4.4 inches (112mm) as well as an additional knee space of 3.9 inches (100mm) on the rear seats.
Passengers will enjoy a cozier ride brought by the new ambient lighting at the rear and rear window blinds that comes standard to the extended wheelbase model. Additional upgrades include passenger front seat “away function”, larger central armrests, cabin air ionization and sliding panoramic sunroof.
More than anything, customers can expect a full suite of connected applications on the XEL including Wi-Fi integration of up to 8 devices that will not only benefit the driver but most of all, those who are seated behind the driver’s seat. For added style, Jaguar even offers the new XEL with optionally available wood trim, digital instrument cluster and perforated leather upholstery.
In terms of power, the XEL packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine either with 250hp or 200hp engine outputs. The 250hp engine can go for a 62mph (100kph) from zero in as short as 7.3 seconds. Both engine options are paired to a standard eight speed automatic transmission with a rear wheel drive setup.
All Jaguar XEL units will be manufactured at the Chery Jaguar and Rover’s Changsu factory in China where the Jaguar XFL is also being built. Since Jaguar has designed the XEL with Chinese consumers in mind, the XEL will become available there exclusively.
It also means that there is no diesel option as the choices of engine are only limited to two gasoline variants with varying power outputs--- one is a 246bhp and another, a 107bhp petrol. Either way, Chinese customers can select from any of the four trims available---these are the Portfolio, Prestige Plus, Prestige or Pure model variants once the XEL hits the showrooms this coming January 2018.