You might call it a funny desire, but Chinese auto shoppers love their stretched sedans – it’s obvious given how many automakers oblige and create extended-wheelbase versions solely for the world’s biggest auto market.
The latest to join the party is Jaguar, with its 2018 XEL that comes to solidify the brand’s claims in this niche segment after the introduction of the XFL in 2016. The XEL naturally stands in between the regular XE and standard XF midsize sedan, sporting the exact same design as the XE, albeit with longer rear doors because the wheelbase has grown by 10 centimeters (3.9 inches), up to a more generous 2.93 meter (115.3 in.), coming in just below the XF’s 2.96 meters (116.5 in.)
It has been designed to fight against rivals such as the Audi A4L, BMW 3Li, and the Mercedes C-Class L – and will naturally be produced locally. The Chery Jaguar Land Rover joint venture will take care of manufacturing duties, with the XEL offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine good for 200 and 250 horsepower. Jaguar is most likely ready to showcase the new XEL in front of the worldwide audience of the 15th Guangzhou Motor Show taking place November 17 through 26.