Jaguar has reportedly chosen the new XE sedan as its first Chinese-market model to built in the People's Republic.
Speaking with industry paper Automotive News Europe, Jaguar's Ken Forbes reportedly confirmed the XE will be the first Jag to come from JLR’s factory in Changshu, alongside the Evoque and Discovery Sport.
The addition of an engine plant in Changshu next year could mean the XE becomes the first Jaguar to be produced without supply from the company's UK operations.
Jaguar is reportedly hoping its production debut in China will come with a local sales boost. The XE has been referred to as a ‘spearhead’ model for China, and the Jag brand currently represents only 20 percent of JLR’s Chinese sales.
Chinese production will also aid Jaguar’s plans to launch three ‘all-new’ models by 2016, as the Big Cat looks to expand its operations.
A second Jaguar spokesman is said to have later denied claims relating to Chinese XE production, saying an official decision is yet to be made.
Australian buyers can likely expect XE supply to come from Jaguar's Solihull plant in the UK.
Unveiled at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the new luxury sedan is set to go on sale to European customers midway through next year.
The XE will be offered with an all-new family of turbocharged four-cylinder engines known as ‘Ingenium’, available in both petrol and diesel form, along with a range-topping supercharged petrol six.
The 2015 Jaguar XE is expected to arrive in Australia around Q3 2015, with pricing and local specifications yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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