Jaguar XEL Is A Long-Wheelbase XE For The Chinese

The Chinese market is set to receive yet another bespoke, long-wheelbase sedan, this time in the form of the Jaguar XEL.

Based around the XE, the XEL slots just below the XF in terms of size, and compared to the typical XE, has a 10 cm (3.9-inch) longer wheelbase, putting it at an ample 2.93 meters (115.3-inches). The increased legroom afforded by the elongated wheelbase will allow the XEL to rival the BMW 3-Series Li, Audi A4L and Mercedes-Benz C-Class L.

The British marque has yet to announce all details about the XEL but we do know that it will be produced through the Chery Jaguar Land Rover joint venture.

Additionally, it has been confirmed that a panoramic roof will come standard, as will a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with either 200 or 250 hp.

Expect to learn more about the 2018 Jaguar XEL when it premieres at the Guangzhou Auto Show in mid-November.

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  • Bash

    Why is China is so full of those extended wheel base cars? They are not even tall I guess, besides, why don’t executives there opt for the bigger cars like the S-class instead of the extended wheel base of the E- class or pick the XJ instead of the XEL!! Why is this hype in the longer -middle- car instead of the simply the flagship?

    • Nordschleife

      LOL i heard they like to be chauffeured around due to the congestion in China. LOL

    • europeon

      It’s a cultural thing, just America’s obsession with chrome. Not everyone can afford a LWB S, but an LWB C or E are much more affordable – I’m pretty sure Dacia would have a LWB Logan if they would enter the Chinese market 🙂

    • Kash

      It has to do with taxes actually. They’re mostly based on the size/class of the car, i.e. compact, midsize, or flagship/fullsize, and the compact’s have lower taxes than a fullsize, etc. Well people started buying the E-class LWB over the S-class SWB because they were super close in size but the taxes were way lower and offered very similar interior room in the rear and that’s what they wanted since they’re being driven instead of driving themselves.

      Then people started buying the C-class LWB because of the size compared to the E-SWB which makes it nicer if they have kids or ever want anyone to sit in the back.

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