Next Jaguar XJ To Become An 800 HP EV?

The current Jaguar XJ will turn 10 years old in July and that’s an eternity in a highly competitive segment which is increasingly focused on giving consumers the latest and greatest technology.

Unsurprisingly, this has negatively impacted sales as the company only managed to move 1,579 units in the United States last year. The situation was even worse in Europe where consumers only snapped up 1,099 XJs.

To help reverse the trend, Jaguar will reportedly launch an electric XJ which uses technology from the I-Pace. According to Car Magazine, the new model will shift its attention away from the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class and instead become a competitor for the Audi e-tron GT, Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S.

The publication goes on to say the next XJ should ride on the new MLA platform. Jaguar Land Rover teased the Modular Longitudinal Architecture last summer and it has been designed to accommodate an assortment of different powertrains including internal combustion engines, mild / plug-in hybrid systems as well as electric powertrains.

Specifications should be taken with a grain of salt, but Car suggests the next XJ could have a 90 kWh or 100 kWh battery pack and four electric motors that each produce up to 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS). This would give the all-wheel drive model an impressive output of up to 800 hp (597 kW / 811 PS).

Little else is known about the car, but Jaguar design director Ian Callum has previously said the next XJ won’t be a traditional three-box sedan. He has also suggested the car could be smaller than its predecessor and it will be something “people wanna get into and drive.”

  • Mr. EP9

    A think a hybrid would be better before jumping into a full EV otherwise the brand could get burned. Jaguar is still learning with the E-Pace.

    • EM1

      I sat in the I Pace, rather have Tesla.
      The brand went too fast forward with the XJ, it needs more classic lines.
      They should go with an all electric.

      • Mr. EP9

        I disagree. They need to take their time and get it right instead of rushing out like everyone else is doing and making mistakes.

        • EM1

          Tata lost money with Jaguar and Range Rover due to being too much like BMW and MB. I think they won’t rush it this time with the XJ but at the same time it needs to be more unique. An electric model will do that.

          • Andrewthecarguy

            I think they lost money because the products were kinda dull. It was an alternative rather than the one to have. Then the refresh cycles were slow. All XFs look too identical for example, and the current XJ, at $90k looks almost exactly like one that could be had for $22k.

            Car companies must be super flexible and quick to abandon tradition in order to make the market. The previous X5 was only 5 years old when BMW launched the new one, 2 years earlier than it traditionally does. And it’s 7 series refresh is a significant departure from the former.

            Tata/JLR has got a lot to learn.

      • Fred

        I totally agree, more classic lines and reliablelity would have been better.This jelly mould just isn’t what an XJ should be. Although the interior is very good, why can’t the exterior reflect that Jagness.

  • Kyle

    How’s GM trying harder? They’ve been struggling more than anyone with their identity. At least Jag has the I Pace

  • Andrewthecarguy

    All of their line-up needs replacing.
    Even that new I Pace looks like a flopper considering how much they are asking for it.
    Need a new XJ/XF/XE, F Pace/J Pace, XK or J type (think 8 series)

  • Sovereignty

    Jaguar is selling more cars now than its ever done. They’ve made many improvements when compared to those sad years under Ford ownership. Where’s the Cadillac and Lexus EV?

    • Bo Hanan

      Until JAG gets it’s quality under control (i.e. electrics) no one will rush to buy an electric car from them.
      P.S. there’s a reason rumors are flying about, regarding Tata Motors possibly selling JAG & LR.
      Wake up sweet cheeks.

  • StrangerGP

    Next generation of the XJ should look like the classic models with modern styling bits. The current XJ looked like some Korean limousine when it premiered (before new Hyundai and Kia limousines actually started looking great).

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