► Next XJ to be all-electric four-door
► Powered by i-Pace tech
► A brave but necessary move
Jaguar has confirmed its future electrification plans with an all-new and electric Jaguar XJ set to be assembled at the Castle Bromwich plant. A major, multi-million pound investment is due to be announced later today, as the company confirms plans to transform the Castle Bromwich factory into an EV production site.
The news is due to safeguard 2700 jobs at the factory and Jaguar has also confirmed plans to open its Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall from 2020 with annual capacity potential of 150,000 units a year. We will report more on this news when it is announced later.
Traditionally, the XJ has battled the likes of the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8, but its successor must move its crosshairs towards Porsche’s Taycan, Audi’s e-Tron GT and, in particular, Tesla’s now-venerable but successful Model S.
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The new all-electric model is expected to launch in 2021, with the team that developed the i-Pace SUV taking the reins on design and engineering. Our artist's impression above shows the likely shape of the new e-XJ - and you can read on for more of our scoop lowdown on the new electric car.
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The new electric Jaguar XJ: using i-Pace tech
A sleek luxury saloon (configured as a five-door liftback, ad depicted in our main image at the top of the page), the electric XJ successor may adopt similar motors and control electronics to the existing i-Pace electric SUV, but not its bespoke architecture.
As predicted by CAR magazine, the new XJ will be the first car built using Jaguar Land Rover’s new MLA platform (on the Jaguar side, at least), which will underpin the future Jaguar J-Pace big SUV and next-gen Range Rovers. While the ‘e-XJ’ would naturally be a pure EV, the platform has provision for four-cylinder engines, V6s and V8s too.
Powertrain details please
The all-wheel-drive XJ is driven by four electric motors, fed by a floor-mounted battery pack (the i-Pace uses a 90kWh battery, the XJ may upgrade to 100kWh). Each motor could summon as much as 200bhp, meaning the e-XJ could plant a very big tick next to the pace component of Jag’s famed ‘grace, space and pace’ strapline. But ride quality, refinement and design drama would be prioritised every bit as much as speed.
The i-Pace has shown Jaguar’s willingness to be bold with its electric cars, and in that spirit the XJ will abandon its classic three-box saloon roots for a more progressive low-drag shape.
The e-XJ will inevitably use the higher price that a luxury EV could command to offset its considerable investment cost. A high-technology, low-volume car, it might not be highly profitable, but its value as a flagship statement car could be huge.
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