RE: Electric Jaguar XJ confirmed for 2020

RE: Electric Jaguar XJ confirmed for 2020

Friday 5th July

Electric Jaguar XJ confirmed for 2020

UK production of future flagship safeguards jobs following current XJ's departure



Jaguar has confirmed that an all-electric XJ will be produced at its Castle Bromwich facility from 2020, kicking-off a period of increasing electrification for its line-up and safeguarding "thousands of UK jobs". The new XJ EV will be developed by the same team that created the I-Pace, while production of its batteries and drive unit will be kept in house at a new Battery Assembly Centre to be located locally in Hams Hall. The 2020 site will be capable of 150,000 units per year, suggesting it will supply both XJ and I-Pace, as well as following EV models - reducing Jaguar's reliance on external suppliers for its EV ambitions.

The new XJ will be based upon a new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) to be designed and engineered in-house, with flexibility built in to enable the integration of diesel and petrol powerplants, meaning MLA will underpin a range of future models of differing specifications. It seems highly likely that the XJ's electric powertrain will have a technical relation to the I-Pace's 400hp 90kWh setup, but with the natural advances in performance and range that a model two years newer would have. Plus, as Jag's flagship, it'll need the power and performance to go with that accolade.


The switch to electric power does, of course, mean the end of the line for brutish saloons like the XJR 575, which is a shame - even if they only ever represented miniscule percentage of sales for a model that barely edged into four figure production last year. But, as it did with the I-Pace, expect JLR to focus on ensuring the new electric car offers Jag-like handling. Indeed, it'll have a natural advantage over its EV sibling with a lower centre of gravity and likely extra power. But a throaty eight cylinder within its belly? Sadly not.

Still, an aggressive switch to electric power ahead of its main rivals looks like the best way for Jag to turn its fortunes around; don't forget, only a few months ago JLR had to lay of 4,500 of its staff amid shrinking sales for diesel cars. Readying the company for a switch to electric power seems smart, but here's hoping a better financial future will leave room for a few more traditional models amongst the Jag line-up...





 

 

 

 

Author
Discussion

redroadster

Original Poster:

935 posts

175 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
Great news ,and I'm sure it will be a very good car defo right direction Tesla has proved market is ready let's not get left behind .

Wacky Racer

31,210 posts

190 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
Electric is the future, whether you like it or not.

No point hanging about, get on with it or other manufacturers will leave you behind.

Even Morgan were experimenting with EV's ten years ago.

Nerdherder

860 posts

40 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
I’d rather much drive around in an EV XJ than in an I-PACE (yes, that model officially is referred to IN CAPITALS).

Leonardo101

38 posts

17 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
Brilliant news for JLR electric is the only option & now Ian Callum has left perhaps they can also inject some new designs instead of the current one style fits all boring style

RobDickinson

26,478 posts

197 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
Electric big cat makes huge sense glad to see they are shifting over, still can get in ahead of the Germans
Advertisement

skinthespin

127 posts

91 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
I've done the last 100k miles and 5 years in my xj supersport, mixed feelings about this. The xj is an awesome mile muncher and looking forward to my 4 hour drive to goodwood in it tomorrow, how would I do that in an electric at the moment?

An electric xj would be an ace car I'm sure but the point of an xj is I can do 700 miles in it in a day if I want....

RobDickinson

26,478 posts

197 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
20k miles a year in an ev with 250+ mile range is easy.

No idea what the range and charge speeds of this will be, hopefully better than the ipace.

legless

856 posts

83 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
Nerdherder said:
I’d rather much drive around in an EV XJ than in an I-PACE (yes, that model officially is referred to IN CAPITALS).
So was the S-TYPE. Back in my JLR days I had my knuckles rapped by some marketing type for not observing that in an internal document.

ash73

16,153 posts

164 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
They stopped making the XJ in 2009. The current Mondeo+ is not an XJ, and turning it into a milk-float won't help.

aaron_2000

2,999 posts

26 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
ash73 said:
They stopped making the XJ in 2009. The current Mondeo+ is not an XJ, and turning it into a milk-float won't help.
Oh how the EV lot are gonna make you regret saying that, best brace for 9 pages of a st show. I wouldn't touch a Jag and making it electric does absolutely nothing to make that more or less the case. I'd still go for an S Class with a big V8 in it.

PRND

1,465 posts

41 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
Wacky Racer said:
Electric is the future, whether you like it or not.

No point hanging about, get on with it or other manufacturers will leave you behind.

Even Morgan were experimenting with EV's ten years ago.
Is it though? The future? It might be, but it might not be. Can't help this is a gamble that could make or break the company. Especially as what has recently happened with JLR.

rare6499

261 posts

82 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
ash73 said:
They stopped making the XJ in 2009. The current Mondeo+ is not an XJ, and turning it into a milk-float won't help.
Mondeo+? What are you on about.

unpc

2,081 posts

156 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
rare6499 said:
ash73 said:
They stopped making the XJ in 2009. The current Mondeo+ is not an XJ, and turning it into a milk-float won't help.
Mondeo+? What are you on about.
Don't feed the troll....

Wacky Racer

31,210 posts

190 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
The thing is, most of us like the lovely sound of a big V8 or V12, but the fact of the matter is they will be banned on new cars from 2040, or even sooner...not that long away really.

No use putting your heads in the sand, over the next few years I am sure the boffins will come up with batteries that have a 500 + mile range, and the charging infrastructure will multiply thousands of times, so that they are in every supermarket car park.

Jaguar can't afford to leave it another ten years before they get around to developing the technology.

gangzoom

1,916 posts

158 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
We nearly got my wife a XF before going for the Lexus hybrid, XJ Super Sport was on my shortlist as the next car before getting the EV bug.....

EV XJ might be just to irresistible.

Krikkit

15,484 posts

124 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
Article neatly side-steps that Callum confirmed plans for a hybrid I6-powered XJ (probably XJR) later in its life cycle.

simonbamg

277 posts

66 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
It will be 4th or 5th best in class, sell badly

CS Garth

1,957 posts

48 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
Well done JLR, hats off to you. A statement investment in U.K. Plc and electric power and a much needed one in these uncertain times.

To paraphrase Gump, uncertain is as uncertain does



Mike 83

20 posts

3 months

Friday 5th July
quotequote all
I don't mind moving with the times I had a x350 for 6 years I would have had a newer one and this new electric one I'm interested in. the only thing not interested atm is my bank account.

gangzoom

1,916 posts

158 months

Saturday 6th July
quotequote all
simonbamg said:
It will be 4th or 5th best in class, sell badly
Really, the completion so far is the Model S and that's it!!

I love our X but the Jaguar heritage is something Tesla cannot create overnight. The iPace is flawed with poor efficiency and software bugs, but hopefully Jaguar will learn from it and make the EV XJ great.

Cannot wait to see this car reveled.