The Next Jaguar XJ Could Be An 800 Horsepower Electric Model

Jaguar's upcoming XJ could be an EV.

Jaguar Land Rover is reportedly set to launch an electric version of the XJ strapped with technology from the I-Pace, according to Car Magazine.

The current XJ model will turn 10 this July, a fact which doesn't exactly spell forward movement for the company, given that the competition is continuously finding ways to present customers with the newest tech.

The above has hurt car sales quite badly, with Jaguar only selling 1,579 units in the United States last year and just 1,099 in Europe.

Per the aforementioned source, Jaguar is looking to improve things in that particular department by introducing an EV that will compete with the Tesla Model S, Audi E-Tron GT and the Porsche Taycan, as opposed to going toe to toe with the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class.

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Car Mag adds that the next XJ will be the first car to ride atop JLR's new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) platform that they teased last summer. The MLA is designed to accommodate various powertrains, inclusive of internal combustion engines and mild/plug-in hybrid systems. The platform will be able to support electric powertrains too.

Details are still sketchy where this supposedly upcoming model of the XJ is concerned but it is expected to be strapped with a 90 or 100 kWh floor-mounted battery pack and four electric motors that each go up to 200 horsepower. Combined, the motors will produce 800 hp to power the four-door, all-wheel drive. And, while the "e-XJ" (as it's already being called) will be a pure EV, the platform can also accommodate V6 and V8 engines.

Meanwhile, Jaguar design director Ian Callum has said that the next XJ will not be a traditional three-box sedan and could be smaller than the current model.

Jaguar isn't exactly sailing smoothly along nowadays and the automakers have had to cancel more than one model in the last few months. So let's see where this goes.

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