Jaguar Land Rover said that the future of the automobile is electric. In fact, they have embraced it already with their Jaguar I-Pace EV crossover. Not only that, Land Rover has put in mild-hybrid systems in their SUVs, and even the Range Rover has a plug-in hybrid option. So, what's next for the British automakers?
That would be a fully electric flagship sedan from Jaguar. They have stopped production of the current XJ and are now preparing the next-generation model. Most significantly, the full-size sedan will be powered by batteries. It's a bold move from the company as the XJ's prime competitors, the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, have yet to adapt full electric powertrains. If anything, the future XJ is a sign of Jaguar (and Land Rover) committing to electric drivetrains in years and decades to come.
Jaguar has yet to reveal any details about the electric drive system that will power the XJ. However, one look at the I-Pace and there may be clues as to what the specs might be. The I-Pace uses dual-motors, each making 150 kw. Combined, Jaguar says it makes 290 kw, or about 400 PS. Torque is worth a mention too, rated at 696 Nm. With two electric motors likely to be used, it could also be implied that the 2020 Jaguar XJ might be all-wheel drive only.
The current Jaguar XJ has been in production for quite some time already. First released in 2010, the XJ is almost a decade old, making it well due for replacement. For 2020, Jaguar's largest sedan will sit on a new platform. Dubbed the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA), it will have the same backbone as, of all things, the upcoming Land Rover Defender.
But what if you want your full-size Jag with an engine? Jaguar has yet to confirm if the XJ will still have gas or diesel options, but the new range of straight-six mills with mild-hybrid tech might make its way under the hood.