Throughout the years, Jaguar has produced nearly 950,000 units of the XJ. However, production that has been going on for more than five decades is set to stop on July 5. After four platforms developed, the luxury sports sedan will be reincarnated with the Modular Longitudinal Architecture.
Coming to replace the ageing D7u in the Range Rover, the brand new MLA platform is compatible with mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric cars. A source familiar with the matter disclosed to Automotive News Europe that Jaguar will roll out the XJ in pure electric form, followed by “six-cylinder gasoline versions later in the model cycle.”
The said petrol engine is allegedly the Ingenium inline-six found in the Range Rover Sport HST, a cutting edge powerplant that cranks out 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Paired to the ZF 8HP automatic gearbox, the Ingenium engine is expected to be the best option for buyers who aren’t ready yet to commute with an all-electric vehicle.
All MLA-based cars will be manufactured in Solihull, which implies that Castle Bromwich Assembly won’t be involved in the production of the new electric Jaguar XJ. Besides the Range Rover, another model that will ride on the Modular Longitudinal Architecture is the Range Rover Sport tipped to launch in 2021.
According to Executive Director of Product Engineering at JLR, Nick Rogers, the company’s mild-hybrid MLA cars will feature an integrated belt-driven starter generator to boost electricity, while the plug-in hybrid MLA models will pack a 13.1-kWh battery good for 50 km of electric driving. As for EVs like the XJ, the energy will be sourced from a 90.2 kWh battery with up to 470 km of range.
Nick didn’t say anything about competitors like Tesla, which offers significantly more from its dual-motor Model S Long Range. Needless to say, Tesla isn’t the only rival that goes electric here. There are Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche that are ready to compete in the EV market with their upcoming models.