The approaching replacement for the Jaguar XJ, which was to renovate into a absolutely electrical saloon, has been axed, organization bosses have confirmed. 

The shock announcement arrived as Jaguar Land Rover confirmed that it would turn out to be a absolutely electrical vehicle model by 2025, launching 6 EVs in that time frame. Having said that, the extremely anticipated XJ, thanks to be revealed at the stop of this 12 months, will not be a single of them.

An official statement read through: “Although the nameplate may well be retained, the planned Jaguar XJ replacement will not variety portion of the line-up, as the model appears to realise its exclusive potential.” 

For a undertaking to be referred to as off so close to its official launch date, as all layout and engineering get the job done on the XJ experienced been finish, is extremely uncommon. Prototypes experienced been created and on-street screening experienced currently commenced. 

Auto Convey spoke to Jaguar’s layout director Julian Thompson only past 12 months, who revealed that the undertaking was in its latter stages. “It’s going to be a very, very lavish, very, very quiet, tranquil piece of transportation,” he explained. “But it is really not overtly flashy, it is really not extremely high priced.

“It’s a vehicle which you make an psychological relationship with. We really don’t want all our men and women who get our automobiles to just sit in the back again of them and just be pushed close to in them. They can be made use of like that, but at the stop of the working day, we know that these automobiles are there to be knowledgeable and pushed and savored pleasing to sit in, calming to sit in, and stunning to look at.”

New 2021 Jaguar XJ: What could have been

Our exceptional graphic displays how the new Jaguar XJ could have looked. Its styling was to be an evolution of the outgoing car’s, retaining the identical extended, huge stance and slender headlamps models, as effectively as the company’s trademark radiator grille and shark fin antenna.

Jaguar’s most latest teaser graphic advised that the new XJ would also get a sharper XF-influenced rear stop, with a entire-width mild-bar. Whilst the rear of the check mule was masked less than weighty camouflage, a delicate crease running across the width of the bootlid advised this attribute would show up on the now axed generation product.

The new XJ was also set to be a very various vehicle to Jaguar’s to start with electrical vehicle, the I-Speed. Thomson advised that the XJ would have a standard saloon look with the basic extended bonnet. “If a cab-forward hunting vehicle does not fit a sure variety of motor vehicle, I really don’t believe you should really do it,” he explained. 

“We’re there to make the most effective hunting automobiles we probably can, so the new XJ, it does have a bonnet on it, and it is really a very, very sophisticated shape.” Thompson concluded, saying: “It’s likely a minimal bit extra standard than the I-Pace” – and this last statement absolutely appears to be supported by the most up-to-date spy shots we noticed the vehicle.

New 2021 Jaguar XJ: platform and drivetrain

The new XJ was to be built in the British isles at JLR’s Castle Bromwich generation internet site, which would have safeguarded thousands of work opportunities more than the upcoming several several years. 

Basing generation of the all-electrical XJ at Castle Bromwich built logistical perception to Jaguar Land Rover, as it provided straightforward access to the firm’s electrical motor production centre in Wolverhampton. 

Having said that, not like the I-Speed, which was created on a modified variation of the F-Pace’s platform, the new XJ was to be based mostly on Jaguar’s all-new MLA underpinnings. The platform can assist, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and entire electrical powertrains, but Jaguar experienced only meant to acquire an electrical XJ just before the undertaking was axed. 

Jaguar is even now aiming to carry out “giga-scale” battery generation to assist its new EV projects, with a new British isles-based mostly plant in Hams Hall, North Warwickshire. The facility will be absolutely operational later on this 12 months and aims to generate plenty of batteries to offer one hundred fifty,000 electrical Jaguar Land Rover styles each 12 months.

Jaguar Land Rover’s electrification investment

Britain’s most significant vehicle maker has experienced a series of setbacks in latest several years – and has been compelled to axe work opportunities and investment options to raise income amid dwindling gross sales. The company’s declining gross sales figures are thanks, at the very least in portion, to JLR’s reliance on diesel, which has fallen out of favour with people.

This new announcement that the agency is relocating in the direction of electrification – and with Jaguar set to turn out to be an EV-only model – should really reduce the company’s dependence on diesel.

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