By on January 25, 2013

If there’s a better symbol of how much the world has changed since the fall of the British Empire than an Indian-made Jaguar, built by Tata, then I haven’t seen it.

Although Tata imports the Jaguar XF from the UK, their Jaguar Land Rover facility in Pune, India, will build a local version from CKD kits. “Petrol-hipsters”, take note; this one has Jaguar’s 2.2L four-cylinder diesel and will feature all the usual luxury car features, like a backup camera, sunroof and navigation, as well as the all-important TV tuner, something we’re not privy to in North America.

The new XF, which starts at roughly $83,000, is JLR’s best-selling model in India, alongside the Land Rover LR2. While perhaps not as prolific as Chai and curry are in the UK, JLR’s sales in India were up 32 percent last year – though that still only equates to just under 2400 cars per year.

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20 Comments on “66 Years After The Raj, Jaguar Builds In India...”

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    Haha, nice petro hipster dig. I can only IMAGINE the blog-commenter outrage should Jag decide to put a 4-cylinder engine in an American market sedan, diesel or no diesel.

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      The base engine in the XF in the US market is a 240 HP turbocharged inline 4 cylinder. I mentioned it in my recent review of the XF Supercharged. The XF may have the widest variation in available power and displacement of any car, from 240 HP to 540 HP.

      • 0 avatar
        Sam P

        Ronnie, I think the current Mercedes S class may be right up there as far as variation in available power and displacement.

        In the EU market at least, it comes with anything from a 204 hp 2.1 liter turbodiesel four in the S250 CDI to the 6.0 liter twin turbo V12 in the S65 AMG model.

    • 0 avatar

      “petro-Hipster” Whoever came up with the term is a genius

  • avatar
    Charles T

    You mean like the current base-model XF?

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    haha say it aint so??? i am going to have to quit reading this wonderfull blog if all I find out it is the 328 is now a 4 cyl turbo not that wonderfull smooth straight six. A merc is a FWD turbo 4. A jag is a turbo 4. a ford explorer ‘truck” is a 4 cyl turbo. An F150 has twin turbo v6???

    and upmarket bmw and mercs have twin turbo small v8 rather than big nat aspirated ones.

    i am sticking with my v8s no turbos thanks.

    • 0 avatar

      Coulda had a V8.

      Wait… do they still make those?

      I’m pretty sure they are singing “turbo turbo uber alles” in most of the design centers of the world.

      • 0 avatar
        Sam P

        There are plenty of V8s available in vehicles under 40 grand. Except for a couple of Japanese pickups, you’ll just have to buy an American nameplate to get one which may be unpalatable for some, given their stances on unions and financial assistance from the government (ie: auto bailouts).

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    As someone who worked in the auto industry for many years,I find it odd that no has written how one writing about cars has written ,platform by platform just how commoditized they have all become.

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    Tv tuner?

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    Might want to check that again. India is a member of the British Commonwealth basically the British Empire 2.0.

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    Maybe it’s just as well as the United Kingdom slips into a Triple Depression, then build these Cars in India, after all Tata is a Indian Company!

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    part of this is a commentary on the strength of new 3rd world economies and the downward spiral of euro-socialist style governments (and nanny CAFE numbers) aka France, UK, currently leftist USA.

    It’s all fun and games talking about 50mpg hybrids but a 4 cyl turbo jag to me just seems wrong.

    Amazing the mustang is a 5.0 liter 400 hp monster and not a 4 cyl turbo fwd mazda/probe. Oh wait that never nearly happened????

    What the sense of having a trophy wife if you are going to buy her a 4 cyl Jag???

    I am opening up a turbo specialist repair shop. In ten years we will be PRINTING money. Who is in with me?

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    I remember when “turbo” was cool as in the 1980s riding around in black dodge shelby listening to Tainted Love. I even thought turbos were cool!!! (remember 80s we had ZERO power). it would hold its own against the IROC Z.

    saab 900 turbo funnnn IF you could get across the intersection before you got run over while waiting for the turbo to finally kick in (around 3rd gear 50mph).

    Then I discovered the beauty of a 225hp straight six 3.0 bmw and a six spd manual in a z4 which felt more like 400hp.

    and a jeep 4.0 liter 180 hp wrangler with manual too.

    or a mustang 4.6 liter 300hp manual.

    or the lazy v8 power of a hemi ram or escalade or F150.

    Turbos are sooo 1980s.

    Power of a V8 with gas mileage of a 4 cylinder!!! pleassssseeee.

    I love ford but EcoPower on the side of an F150???? What is Eco about a 5000 pound 350 hp truck?

    Funny all the decent 3.0 v6s went to 3.5 and 4.0 then they decided wait too thirsty so now they go back to turbo 4???????

    This is what you get when you vote for a guy that once he runs for president trades his hemi 300c for a ford hybrid escape.

    we are in the heyday of great power (200hp 4s and 300hp 6s and 400hp v8s) and muscle cars but it makes me wonder if this downgrading of the luxos will dip into the new rejuvenated muscle car fad.

    • 0 avatar

      re. your second paragraph…to avoid that issue you rev up to about 3000 rpm then drop the clutch and keep feeding in more throttle…no wuckin furries, mate!

      indeed, another thread about how weak the Dodge Dart is at low revs needs the same technique to get the best out of it, as have all small engined Euro cars that I have ever driven.

      Now, with that said, I fully understand how many people don’t want to drive like that but it is perfectly viable, and fun, if you are OK with it.

    • 0 avatar
      Sam P

      “or the lazy v8 power of a hemi ram or escalade or F150.”

      Lazy is right, especially when talking about the 4.6 liter Ford V8. I drove one of those last year in a Grand Marquis rental. A four cylinder base Hyundai Sonata would leave it for dead, no turbo required.

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        “A four cylinder base Hyundai Sonata would leave it for dead, no turbo required.”

        Once you’ve settled on either one, your street racing days are pretty much behind you… My Grandma’s Grand Marquis didn’t live long enough (nor did she) to see a 400 hp 5.0, but even a 4.6 GM converted to a manual trans and 3.55s, could easily spanked any Hyundai known to exist.

      • 0 avatar
        Sam P

        “could easily spanked any Hyundai known to exist.”

        Still think so? If you want to trash non TTAC car sites, go ahead, but you’d need something much meaner than a 4.6 liter normally aspirated mod-motor in a Grand Marquis to outrun a six-cylinder Genesis coupe in a straight line, even with the aforementioned 3.55 gears and manual gearbox.

      • 0 avatar

        Yeah yeah, good point, but when talking track ponys or V8 supercars, who even thinks of Hyundai?

      • 0 avatar
        Robert Gordon

        “Yeah yeah, good point, but when talking track ponys or V8 supercars, who even thinks of Hyundai?”

        Ha the Hyundai Pony, now there was an awful car…

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