Jaguar Land Rover has revealed the new electric Jaguar XJ and the new Jaguar J-Pace SUV – and much more – to World Car of the Year jurors.
Despite its current woes, Jaguar really does produce some very appealing cars, and that was properly illustrated by its unprecedented triple win at the 2019 World Car of the Year Awards, with the new I-Pace taking top gong.
Not only did the I-Pace win top gong as WCOTY, it also managed to bag the award for World Green Car and World Car Design too. And that’s inspired Jaguar to give something back to the WCOTY jurors.
The winning ways of the I-Pace are just the start of a drivetrain revolution at Jaguar and, although they’re not eschewing ICE cars, the future will be about electric and electrified models. And new cars.
To prove it’s serious about the future direction, Jaguar decided to invite the WCOTY jurors along to have a look at what they have in the pipeline. And although none of the jurors, to our knowledge, has divulged what they were shown, Jaguar has decided to tell us anyway.
Revealed to the invitees was the new electric Jaguar XJ – which will completely replace the now defunct ICE XJ – and the Jaguar J-Pace, Jaguar’s road friendly take on the Range Rover, which will will be built on the same new MLA platform as the new XJ and the new Range Rover. As such, it’s highly likely there will be an electric version.
Apart from the two big-hitting highlights – the new electric XJ and J-Pace – Jaguar also gave the jurors a look at replacements for the XE and F-Type which are on the way, and even gave a firm nod to the creation of a new range of smaller Jaguar SUVs to be dubbed Jaguar A-Pace and Jaguar B-Pace.
As a parting shot for the presentation of Jaguar’s future, Ralph Speth said that Jaguar (and Land Rover) “are definitely not for sale to Peugeot-Citroen, Fiat-Chrysler, Hyundai-Kia or any other motor manufacturing companies“.