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.
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.”