Jaguar is ready to launch an electrical XJ for the following technology of the massive, luxurious sedan. Nevertheless, it will not be a devoted EV as beforehand thought. As a substitute, Jaguar will initially launch the electrical model after which add gasoline-powered variations, Automotive Information (subscription required) reported on Friday, citing an nameless supply.
The gasoline-powered variations will characteristic inline-6 engines, per the supply. They may even doubtless be hybrids, as Jaguar Land Rover is dedicated to providing a totally electrified lineup by 2020.
The redesigned XJ, which is predicted to be revealed subsequent yr, shall be primarily based on a brand new modular platform able to spawning battery-electric powertrains. Referred to as the Modular Longitudinal Structure, or MLA for brief, the platform makes its debut this yr in a redesigned Land Rover Defender. The MLA is unrelated to the bespoke EV platform underpinning the Jaguar I-Tempo.
2019 Jaguar XJ
Electrical vehicles primarily based on the MLA platform may have a 90.2-kilowatt-hour battery that can see them supply greater than 250 miles, Jaguar Land Rover’s head of product engineering, Nick Rogers, stated throughout an investor presentation final month, in response to Automotive Information. Such a variety would make the electrical XJ a reputable rival to the Tesla Mannequin S and upcoming Porsche Taycan.
Hybrids primarily based on the MLA platform will are available in mild- and plug-in hybrid flavors. The latter will characteristic 13.1-kwh batteries that shall be good for about 31 miles of vary, Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed.
By introducing a modular platform, Jaguar Land Rover will have the ability to consolidate manufacturing and enhance efficiencies. The automaker is on a big cost-cutting drive geared toward stemming losses that resulted in a $four.6 billion loss for the yr ending March 31.