Jaguar’s been testing prototypes of the approaching all-electric XJ sedan for some time now, an instance we noticed earlier this yr testing within the chilly having reached a complicated stage. The plan had been to launch the battery-powered flagship fastback this yr, with gross sales to begin early 2021. A report in The Sunday Times says that plan has modified, Jaguar pushing the XJ again to the third quarter of subsequent yr whereas the automaker focuses on its funds and its most worthwhile fashions. The positioning FormaCar reports, “The presentation date on the official web site now reads, ‘October 2021,'” however we’ve not discovered that XJ-specific web page. In response to questions concerning the Jaguar canceling the XJ, a spokesperson responded, “Our engineers proceed to work on the next-generation all-electric Jaguar XJ. We stay dedicated to our long-term technique and our product portfolio stays the identical, however the unprecedented state of affairs will inevitably have an effect on our speedy plans.”
The Jaguar Land Rover group, coming off a string of deep losses throughout 2018 and 2019, was working by a cost-cutting and turnaround plan when Covid-19 hammered the worldwide financial system. The whispered concern amongst outsiders is that Jaguar will drop the XJ solely, however that does not look like the case for now. The automaker minimize thousand of jobs whereas investing greater than a billion kilos into its Fort Bromwich manufacturing facility to organize for electric-car meeting. In the mean time, Fort Bromwich usually builds the XE and XF sedans, these choices additionally in flux while Jaguar reportedly considers turning one or each of them right into a small hatchback or a compact plug-in hybrid sedan. We write “usually” as a result of the manufacturing facility was placed on pause to take care of Covid lockdowns, and is not scheduled to restart till August 14. And above all of this, JLR is on the hunt for a brand new CEO to exchange Ralf Speth.
We have been anticipating the brand new sedan to open the e-book on mainstream luxurious EVs, the identical approach the I-Tempo did for SUVs, however it seems that will not occur. The electrical XJ will come on the Modular Longitudinal Structure, and we have understood the specs embody a 90.2-kWh battery pack, the identical dimension because the I-Tempo pack. There have been rumors a few four-motor setup, however odds favor a twin-motor association. The motors within the I-Tempo produce 394 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque. For an XJ flagship, we would count on an much more highly effective choice within the vary.
Lead designer Julian Thompson stated XJ’s styling can be extra conventional than the I-Tempo, as would the ambiance. “It’ll be a really, very luxurious, very, very calm, tranquil piece of transportation. However, it isn’t overtly flashy, it isn’t overtly costly.”