Currently reading: 2020 Jaguar XJ: latest images reveal electric luxury car's look
EV is due to be unveiled later this year, and prototypes give us the best view yet of the production saloon
Rachel Burgess
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16 March 2020

Jaguar is launching a next-generation XJ in electric-only form later this year, and new spy shots give us a closer view of the production body.

The hotly anticipated Tesla Model S rival remains heavily camouflaged, but we can see that among its defining features are a heavily raked roofline, a short rear deck, all-new light designs and a lengthy rear overhang. The front end hasn't been captured in detail, but it looks like the new XJ will sport a similar trapezoidal grille design to its I-Pace stablemate, while its long bonnet and high waistline aren't unlike those of the outgoing XJ. 

The XJ's EV platform calls for an extended wheelbase and wider track, for which the bodywork has been subtly adapted. The saloon will make use of an all-new platform architecture to accommodate the electric drivetrain. Dimensions remain under wraps, but Autocar understands that it's both wider and taller than the model it replaces. Technical details, including power and range, are also sparse at this stage. 

Jaguar's only official image of the next XJ was a teaser shot shown at last year's Frankfurt motor show. The brief image of the car's rear was shown during a video played at the firm's press conference, where sibling firm Land Rover revealed the new Defender

It showed a classic saloon-style rear end, with thin rear lights that feed into a light strip running the full width of the bootlid. The model also features both the Jaguar logo and the company's name spelt out.

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Jaguar design director Julian Thomson told Autocar last year the new XJ will look different from a traditional executive saloon. “Even saying F-segment long-wheelbase luxury saloon sounds awful. We don’t want to do that,” he said at the 2019 Frankfurt show. “We want to do a car that explores the best of Jaguar.

“We want to make it a beautiful car, with an engaging drive, a luxurious interior. We’ll do each of these our own way. We won’t be putting a tape measure on rivals to just match, match, match.

“We want to present something that challenges the norm, offer an alternative that makes it better and more engaging on all levels to own and to drive. That’s what we’re all about: the love of the car.”

Thomson said the next XJ’s design will “not be conventional”, adding: “I don’t think you can be. You don’t stick a poster on a wall of a German long-wheelbase luxury saloon, I don’t think. Jag’s positioning of cars is to lust after, to want and desire. We can absolutely do that and it’s a fabulous-looking thing, for sure.”

Thomson noted the packaging of an EV offers increased cabin space, but said that also presented challenges to designers.

He said: “We’re learning how to do the aesthetic. They’re heavier, need more structures for crash. The mass means you have normal building blocks in different places. These are things we’re learning.

“We feel we’ve had an advantage with I-Pace. We’ve learned a lot from it, not just with the technology but what we can do with space. EVs are serene and have a sense of calm, more of a spiritual quality. It’s as close as you can get to doing yoga in a car. We’ll bring that into XJ, bring a sense of cabin ambience that’s calm and refreshing.”

The firm confirmed last year that the XJ will be relaunched in 2020 as an electric model and will be built at its Castle Bromwich plant. Jaguar announced the news on the day that production of the current XJ ended at the factory.

The electric XJ will be the first electric model produced at the plant, but Jaguar Land Rover said it plans to manufacture “a range of new electrified vehicles” at the facility.

 

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JLR’s current electrified models, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport plug-in hybrids, are built at its Solihull plant, while the electric Jaguar I-Pace is produced by contract manufacturer Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. Autocar first reported that the next-generation XJ would go electric in 2015.

The company said the new XJ will “build on the characteristics synonymous with its predecessors: beautiful design, intelligent performance and revered luxury”, adding that it will be built by the same “expert team of designers and product development specialists" responsible for delivering the I-Pace.

The previous announcement builds on JLR’s plan, confirmed earlier this year, to bring its battery and Electric Drive Unit assembly to the Midlands. The Battery Assembly Centre at Hams Hall, opening soon, will be capable of producing 150,000 units annually, while the Wolverhampton Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) is the home of JLR’s global EDU production.

JLR, which announced 4500 job losses last year, said the news “safeguards several thousand jobs in the UK”.

Work on Castle Bromwich has begun in order to allow it to support JLR’s next-generation Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA), which can house diesel and petrol vehicles alongside electric and hybrid models. 

JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said: “The future of mobility is electric and, as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emissions vehicles in the UK.

“We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, Electronic Drive Units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands.”

Speth, when asked about the scale of the investment, said: "When you get into new architectures like we have, you're into the billions, spread over years to come."

JLR said that while the expansion of its electrified line-up will give customers a greater choice, “increased consumer take-up remains a challenge”. 

It called on government and industry to work together to bring a Tesla-like giga-scale battery production facility to the UK to put the country at the “leading edge of electric mobility”.

Speth said: “Convenience and affordability are the two key enablers to drive the uptake of electric vehicles to the levels that we all need. Charging should be as easy as refuelling a conventional vehicle.

“Affordability will only be achieved if we make batteries here in the UK, close to vehicle production, to avoid the cost and safety risk of importing from abroad. The UK has the raw materials, scientific research in our universities and an existing supplier base to put the UK at the leading edge of mobility and job creation.”

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5 July 2019

Although I'm not sure if there's a massive call for an electric Jaguar limo in the standard large saloon/hatchbak shape (hogged by the Germans), also, Model S sales are now waning following the release of the Model 3. My choice would be a longer I-Pace with bigger battery.

Anyhow this probably only went ahead due to how well the I-Pace has been received. Nice one Jag!

5 March 2020
I’m confused.

The driving car and the car on the trailer look completely different from the C/D post rearward. The trailer model has a lovely tapering profile whereas the driving car has a brick rear end.

Pls tell me it’s a fake back end, the tapered tail model on the trailer looks a cracker!

6 March 2020
harf wrote:

I’m confused.

The driving car and the car on the trailer look completely different from the C/D post rearward. The trailer model has a lovely tapering profile whereas the driving car has a brick rear end.

Pls tell me it’s a fake back end, the tapered tail model on the trailer looks a cracker!

The swooping back design on those images is clearly an XF body being used as a mule to test the drive train

7 March 2020
xxxx wrote:

Although I'm not sure if there's a massive call for an electric Jaguar limo in the standard large saloon/hatchbak shape (hogged by the Germans), also, Model S sales are now waning following the release of the Model 3. My choice would be a longer I-Pace with bigger battery.

Anyhow this probably only went ahead due to how well the I-Pace has been received. Nice one Jag!

Yes, this market segment is small but it's a flagship one. EVs will provide a more luxurious and stress free ride than a huge V8. Unfortunately JLR do not seem to want to target the small car segment (although they class the Evoque as a small car because it's only a centimeter or 2 larger than a Golf)

5 July 2019

For all the spin from Audi, Jaguar has really stole a march on them and Mercedes. Good to see. 

D-B

5 July 2019
TStag wrote:

For all the spin from Audi, Jaguar has really stole a march on them and Mercedes. Good to see. 

Such a march that the XJ had to be axed with no sight of it's replacement. Such a march that they developed the I-Pace but have to come up with a new platform for the next electrified vehicle. Yeah, JLR are the ones on the front foot.

5 July 2019
D-B wrote:

TStag wrote:

For all the spin from Audi, Jaguar has really stole a march on them and Mercedes. Good to see. 

Such a march that the XJ had to be axed with no sight of it's replacement. Such a march that they developed the I-Pace but have to come up with a new platform for the next electrified vehicle. Yeah, JLR are the ones on the front foot.

Such a march Autoexpress rated the I-Pace higher than the e-tron (how many British car beat the German models)

D-B

5 July 2019
xxxx wrote:

Such a march Autoexpress rated the I-Pace higher than the e-tron (how many British car beat the German models)

Well Autocar thought the XE and XJ were both class leaders, that doesn't prove much objectively either. See the 'new platform' bit? Audi geared up to make money with the e-tron, while JLR geared up to spend money, something they can ill-afford to waste. For people pointing at Autoexpress reviews and saying 'see, better!' the difference is immaterial, for people with knowledge of how the industry works, it isn't.

5 July 2019
D-B wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Such a march Autoexpress rated the I-Pace higher than the e-tron (how many British car beat the German models)

Well Autocar thought the XE and XJ were both class leaders, that doesn't prove much objectively either. See the 'new platform' bit? Audi geared up to make money with the e-tron, while JLR geared up to spend money, something they can ill-afford to waste. For people pointing at Autoexpress reviews and saying 'see, better!' the difference is immaterial, for people with knowledge of how the industry works, it isn't.

You do realise, the e-tron isnt on a new platform dont you, its effectively a converted Q5/7, Audi still need to develop a new platform as well, Jaguar already have a new platform on sale under the iPace, and are developing another new one using lessons learned from it, its also highly likely just to be a development of the platform under the iPace as opposed to an entirely new one, and its due to release it next year under the all new XJ. 

Meanwhile Audi are still facing more legal action over its latest dieselgate scandal.. 

 

 

5 July 2019
D-B wrote:

 

Such a march that the XJ had to be axed with no sight of it's replacement. 

Autocar wrote:

Jaguar LandRover has confirmed its next-generationn Jaguar XJ flagship saloon, launching NEXT YEAR

Did you actually read the article? 

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