An Electric Jaguar XJ is planned as Jaguar decide their range-topping model will be renewed, but that it will be pitched against the Tesla Model X when it arrives in late 2018.
There’s been a lot of speculation around whether or not the Jaguar XJ will be renewed, especially as it’s now pushing on for a decade old and seems to have been forgotten by Jaguar.
But, according to Autocar, Jaguar are well on the way to delivering a new XJ – and it’ll be an electric XJ.
Not only will the new Jaguar XJ be an electric car – pitching it head to head with the Tesla Model S – but it will also be a five-door liftback, just like the Model S and the Porsche Panamera. And that makes a lot of sense.
Jaguar has struggled to make the XJ a real competitor against cars like the Mercedes S Class and BMW 7 Series in the world market – although it does reasonably well in the UK – so there is sense in going the electric route to make it a truly different option.
Having already decided to take the Tesla Model X on with the new Jaguar i-Pace, the new XJ EV is scheduled to be revealed later this year – 50 years on from the XJ’s original reveal – and go on sale in 2019.
It’s a bold move by Jaguar to transform the XJ in to a cutting-edge EV, but it could just work.