Next-gen XJ will be completely reinvented to adapt to the changing times

The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968. In that time, it has soldiered on as the company’s resident flagship. Generation after generation of XJs have filled our streets, but a new report claims that Jag is looking to reinvent the next-generation XJ into something it has never been in its 50-year existence: an electric car.

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Despite the dramatic changes, the XJ will remain a saloon, just as it has always been since 1998

The thought of an all-electric Jaguar XJ is appealing for a lot of people. For Jaguar, it might be born out of necessity as the company looks to offer a high-tech flagship model to compete against the likes of the Mercedes S-Class, the BMW 7 Series, and most importantly, the Tesla Model S. It’s a bold move for Jaguar, but a brief look at the XJ’s history as a model shows that the automaker hasn’t been afraid to take risks when it comes to its flagship sedan. Remember, the X350-generation of the XJ was the first Jaguar to use aluminum in large volumes. More recently, the current X351-generation was introduced in 2009 as the first version of the XJ to redefine its looks. A completely reinvented, all-electric Jaguar XJ fits into the risks that Jaguar has taken with the model.

At the very least, an all-electric XJ is a fresh offering to a market that’s starved for something new in the wake of consumer interest shifting more towards luxury SUVs. According to Autocar, the new XJ is already in the development phase, right next to a new Land Rover model that’s internally being called the “Road Rover.”

Despite the dramatic changes, the XJ will remain a saloon, just as it has always been since 1998. There’s no word yet on when the car will launch, but it should happen a lot later than the I-Pace, Jag’s first venture into the electric car space. That model has been earmarked for a March 2018 launch, presumably in time for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Expect a lot of the tech Jag has developed for the I-Pace to translate heavily to the next-gen XJ.

From a business standpoint, introducing the I-Pace before the all-electric XJ is a solid move on Jag’s part. Not only does it give Jag enough time to work on its new flagship, but more importantly, it will give the British company a good idea of the landscape of the electric car market. Using that knowledge should help determine its approach in developing an all-electric XJ sedan.

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An electric powertrain is also in development, one that will offer segment-level power and performance figures to go with a range that can easily eclipse 300 miles.

Details about the car itself are still being kept under wraps, but the sedan is expected to carry a new aluminum architecture that Jaguar will use with Land Rover. In addition, an electric powertrain is also in development, one that will offer segment-level power and performance figures to go with a range that can easily eclipse 300 miles.

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