Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed the next-generation Jaguar XJ sedan will be a battery-electric vehicle. The confirmation came via JLR CEO Ralf Speth, who offered a sneak peak of the new sedan during the reveal of the Land Rover Defender.
“Based on our rich knowledge and experience gained from the I-Pace, Formula-E and I-Pace eTROPHY, our engineering team is in full swing to deliver the world’s first, full-electric luxury sports saloon. The flagship of Jaguar: the all-new XJ,” AutoExpress reports Speth said during the reveal.
Referring to the new XJ as the “world’s first, full-electric luxury sports saloon” is an interesting descriptor, given the Tesla Model S will be nearly nine years old when the new XJ launches. Apparently JLR does not categorize the Model S as a luxury saloon by their definition.
So far not a lot is known about the all-new XJ, aside from the official sketch above. Expect the car to be similar in size to the current XJ and built atop JLR’s MLA architecture. Most MLA vehicles are slated to be produced at the company’s Castle Bromwich plant in Britain. It’s battery pack is also slated for production in Britain.
The electric XJ is part of a broader plan Jaguar has to offer an electrified variant of every vehicle in its lineup.
The 2021 Jaguar XJ should debut within the next year with a market launch sometime in 2020.