We’ve been posting on the possibility of electric Jaguars for a while now, specifically the XJ leading the charge as a new EV flagship. Rumors at the beginning of 2018 forecasted an XJ EV on our doorstep by the end of 2018, the 50th anniversary year of the XJ. By April this year, it was looking like the battery-powered XJ would use the I-Pace platform and take a look at some point in 2019. Now, Automotive News Europe reports that throughout Jaguar Land Rover’s Investor’s Day presentations, the automaker said it would debut a “big SUV and a big premium sedan” on its Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) ideal for EVs, hybrids and traditional ICE-powered cars. The sedan in question is the next-gen XJ.
2021 Jaguar XJ Engine
Nick Rogers, JLR’s product engineering boss, said electric MLA vehicles would get 90.2-kWh batteries that return range of as much as 400 kilometers (292 miles) on the European cycle. That would efficiently be the same size battery as the I-Pace, which rides by itself one-off platform, and the same range; in the U.S., the I-Pace is ranked at 234 miles. It’s said the XJ’s style, produced by previous Jaguar style chief Ian Callum and his team, has currently been cleared. It swaps the four-door body for a five-door, a la the Audi A7, and presents a new design language for the car and the carmaker.
Car and Driver say the new declaration sedan aims to be “an innovative alternative to the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class,” and Autocar stating it will “stay Jaguar’s flagship in choice to a large SUV, such as the rumored J-Pace.” The point of presenting the EV initially is to develop the car’s technology and sporting qualifications– hopefully, before the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-Tron GT arrive.
Eventually, an ICE variation of the XJ powered by an Ingenium inline-six must come; that will invite purchasers not all set to make the all-EV switch, a required relocation in keeping with the XJ’s competitors for international sales with the S-Class and 7 Series. Nevertheless, leaving room in the design for a conventional drivetrain will force compromises that the all-electric competition doesn’t deal with.
2021 Jaguar XJ Production
Production of the existing XJ ends at the Castle Bromwich facility on July 5. The new sedan is slated to be “revealed in the near future” and built at JLR’s plant in Solihull, which puts together Land Rover products. The same MLA platform will support a road-focused Land Rover as a sibling to the XJ, called the “Road Rover” internally.
The “large SUV” mentioned in the Investor’s Day presentation would be the next-gen Range Rover, booked for 2021. The Range Rover models will make the most utilize of the MLA platform, can be found in ICE, plug-in hybrid, moderate hybrid, and all-electric versions using a minimum of 4 nameplates. The PHEV models get a 13.1-kWh battery helpful for 50 km (31) miles of EV range. Taking the opposite tack to Jaguar, Range Rover is anticipated to introduce its EV model later on in the cycle, because “Land Rover desires the very first electrical Range Rover to be a stand-alone model.”