2020 Jaguar XJ Will Be An All-electric Limousine
- The new electric XJ will be developed by the same team behind the I-Pace.
- Production of the current generation XJ has been stopped.
- JLR’s electrification plan for India will commence by the end of this year.
- Land Rover hybrid SUV will be the first to arrive in India.
Jaguar Land Rover has announced its plans to produce various electric vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Castle Bromwich, UK. The first fruit of this decision will come in the form of the 2020 Jaguar XJ luxury sedan which will make the switch from a supercharged V8 (XJR) to an all-electric setup.
The production of the current generation XJ came to a halt recently with Jaguar reporting mediocre sales for the sedan, thanks to competition from German counterparts. The new electric XJ will be developed by the same team behind the luxury electric SUV I-Pace.
Jaguar claims that this decision will safeguard several thousand jobs in the UK, and will be the next big step in their electrification strategy. But, most importantly, JLR is focussing more on the production of batteries in the UK. A new battery assembly plant at Hams Hall that will be fully up and running by 2020 along with the Wolverhampton engine manufacturing plant will be the source of electric powerplants in the future.
On the announcement, Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The future of mobility is electric and, as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK.” Meanwhile, JLR India is all set to begin electrification by the end of this year as it has also showcased a detailed plan for the same. A Land Rover hybrid SUV will come in first, followed by the I-Pace SUV.
Currently, the XJ in India is available with a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor churning 305PS and 689Nm, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The specifications of the upcoming electric XJ are yet to be revealed. The I-Pace, meanwhile uses a 95kWh battery pack churning out 400PS and a solid 696Nm of torque, with an impressive range of 470km (WLTP). The Jaguar XJ in India retails at Rs 1.11 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and rivals the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and the likes.