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Next-gen Jaguar XJ to get electric as well as Gasoline engines

Written by Nizam Shaikh

According to a media report, British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar is likely to retire the current model of the XJ luxury sedan which is going to be replaced by a new model next year. The current production series have been in the market for 10 years and the upcoming car is likely to use a new platform which is expected to developed with electric engines in mind.

The next-gen Jaguar XJ is likely to employ a new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) platform which will be electrified and will be able to deliver a range of 470 km on a single charge which will compete with the Tesla Model S, Audi e-Tron GT and Porsche Taycan. Also, a media report suggests that the car will be brought in petrol powered six-cylinder internal combustion engine for the enthusiasts as well as a V6 turbo diesel. The new MLA platform is rumoured to include four electric motors connected to a floor mounted battery and an all-wheel drivetrain. The combined output of the electric motors is likely to be around 800 HP and the battery capacity around 100 kWh.

Though we haven’t seen the prototypes of the car under test, it is being speculated that the brand is likely to debut the car later this year with its sales commencing from 2020.

In the Indian market, the XJ is sold in a Long Wheelbase model with a 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel engine that produces 306 PS of power and 689 Nm of torque and comes in an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive. The XJ comes in three variant trims – Premium Luxury, Portfolio and XJ 50.

The Jaguar XJ is the flagship sedan for Jaguar Land Rover globally. Talking of flagships, it rivals the likes of BMW 7-series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8. The Jaguar XJ although an outdated model as per today’s standards, still commands huge respect in the market. Also, the long car has massive road presence and is unmistakably – a Jaguar.