According to a recent report from Autocar, which claims to have received inside information from unnamed sources about the future of Jaguar sedans, the company is considering the option of replacing the slow-selling XE compact and XF medium-sized sedans with a single model.
This future model would reportedly be built on be powered by either an electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain, and launch by 2023. That sounded a bit off, at least for the 3-Series rivaling XE, so we decided to investigate.
We reached over to Jaguar Land Rover UK spokesperson, Ken McConomy, asking if there is any truth in that report. His response was swift and laconic: “None”.
The reality is that the heads that be in JLR are thinking about how to react to 2018’s sizeable decline in sales, and as the I-Pace crossover proved, they can do modern EVs very well. However, Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth recently told the media that the XE and XF will have a future in Jaguar’s sedan line-up despite falling sales.
The automaker is certainly making moves to reinvent its sedan range. Last year, the Indian-owned British manufacturer previewed its MLA aluminum platform and said it will support ICE, mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles. All mainstream Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles will use this platform by 2025, and we expect the next-gen XE and XF to use at least one ‘green’ powertrain. However, they will still be distinct models. Case closed.