Jaguar is planning to reinvent its flagship sedan as an electric vehicle. The move is anticipated to position the new XJ as a formidable competitor to stiff competition from the Germans, while also positioning Jaguar as a maker of electric automobiles.
Reports suggest there’s been a heated debate inside the Jaguar organization over what to do with the XJ. As sedan sales fall globally in favor of SUVs, the company has decided to retain the XJ, but with a twist. The car will allegedly migrate to a new five-door, hatchback-like design and become electrified.
Underneath the sleek new design will be a battery-electric powertrain similar to that of the upcoming I-Pace SUV. This means the XJ will be a pure electric vehicle, which will be a seismic shift compared to competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz S Class and BMW 7 Series. The new XJ is expected to offer a total range in excess of 300 miles, slotting it as a worthy competitor to the Tesla Model S.
Like the I-Pace, the electrical powertrain will be capable of offering dual-motors, which will enable all-wheel drive. Sources say Jaguar is going to great lengths to ensure the new XJ retains its sporty demeanor.
While a radical move, Jaguar’s leap of faith with electrifying the new XJ is not entirely shocking. The automaker has consistently utilized the XJ as a source of innovation, including the first aluminum Jaguar model back in 2003.
The next Jaguar XJ is expected to launch in late 2019.