Production of the current Jaguar XJ officially ended last Friday at Jaguar Land Rover’s home factory in Castle Bromwich, United Kingdom. While the current car may be dead, Jaguar has already announced a new XJ is coming.
Along with announcing the end of the XJ’s production, Jaguar confirmed plans to replace the XJ with a battery-electric version of the XJ. The new XJ will also be built at the Castle Bromwich plant, but there will be down time as Jaguar Land Rover converts their home factory to become an EV hub.
“Affordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the U.K., close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad,” Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said.
The automaker plans to produce batteries and vehicles at the plant.
The next XJ will be produced on Jaguar Land Rover’s new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) platform. This architecture supports mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric powertrains. It will first debut later this year with the revived Land Rover Defender.
So far Jaguar has only confirmed a battery-electric XJ model, but a plug-in hybrid variant is also expected. The battery-electric variant will be revealed sometime in 2020.
Aside from the existence of a battery-electric version, Jaguar is mum on details of the next XJ. Speculation suggest the next XJ will take on a hatchback type layout, similar to the Porsche Panamera and, frankly, the current coupe-like XJ. This design path reportedly won out over a battle between it and a more traditional three-box sedan design.
Expect to hear more details on the tenth-generation Jaguar XJ to trickle out between now and the car’s official debut next year.