Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has acknowledged that the changing automobile environment in the country has affected its business as well as future plans, but it will acclimatize to meet the legal requirements.
After banning on the selected diesel vehicles in few major cities in India, the JLR India launched today a 2.0-litre petrol variant of its current selling model Land Rover Discovery Sport at a starting price of INR 56.60 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, New Delhi). This new variant will go on sale alongside to the current 2.2-litre TD4 and SD4 diesel models that are available in the Indian market since September 2015.
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The Petrol variant is powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder Si4 engine that produces a maximum power output of 240 PS and churns out a peak torque of 340 Nm. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and comes with a standard 4WD (4 Wheel Drive) system.
“The Discovery Sport petrol variant was not planned as early as this is to be introduced in India. It was planned for later. So definitely, it does affect our plans.”, JLR India president Rohit Suri replied when asked if the ban on the diesel cars Supreme Court of engine capacity above 2,000 cc in the Delhi-NCR has affected the company’s business plans.
When asked about the company’s plan to introduce petrol variants of the different models, including the most famous Range Rover Evoque, he replied, “We are adapting over portfolio, not just because of the ban but also due to the increasing performance for petrol vehicles. We will do our best to address the demand.”
Further adding more on the sales of petrol variant, he said, “ We already had the Jaguar XJ in petrol, then we launched Jaguar XE in petrol too which saw a strong response from the market in the first quarter. Now we have Discovery Sport Petrol too.”
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