The delay is by a couple of months, but at least the Range Rover EV is confirmed by the automaker

The pandemic threw a spanner in the works for most of the automakers out there. This seemed to have happened at the worse time since this is the transition phase and many automakers were gearing up to launch new electric vehicles. Jaguar and Land Rover are no exceptions to that. Autocar got hold of a transcript of JLR’s conference call with its investors which reveals the debut date for electric cars from both brands will debut in October and November. This is slightly delayed when compared to the earlier planned launches in August and September.

Despite The Delay, Both Models Will Arrive This Year

The New Range Rover EV and Jaguar XJ EV Delayed, But Only By a Little Exterior Spyshots
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According to the transcript that Autocar has obtained, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Financial Officer, Adrian Mardell, said that the Range Rover EV and the electric Jaguar XJ sedan will be unveiled in October and November, instead of their earlier planned unveiling in August and September. Mardell further stated that the engineering work on the next-gen Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Defender 90 wasn’t affected by the pandemic.

The electric XJ and the Range Rover EV will be underpinned by JLR’s all-new MLA architecture.

The Range Rover EV was sort of a myth so far, but at least it is confirmed now. Not a lot is known about it yet, but the publication notes that the SUV is expected to be slightly lower than the Velar. Another new product codenamed as the “MLA MID” is also delayed.

Final Thoughts

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Autocar also mentioned something about Mardell’s talk with an international bank representative. When asked about JLR’s plans to cut investment on future models hinted that JLR planners had reduced the number of derivatives of future models to save money. Cost-cutting was pretty much the case with a majority of the automakers, but we’ll have to see if the other models in the Group’s portfolio are affected by it or not. Both, the electric XJ and the Range Rover EV will be built at the redesigned Castle Bromwich plant.

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Source: Autocar

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