If you have not heard by now, the next Jaguar XJ will embrace battery-electric technology. Nevertheless, because of the world pandemic that is stricken the automotive business, the British model is reportedly slowing down the event of its upcoming flagship sedan.
We anticipated to see the brand new XJ as quickly as early 2021, but it surely seems that will not be the case. In line with Autocar, the reveal of the massive EV Jag will not occur till the tip of subsequent 2021. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is reportedly chopping again on nonessential spending.
What that basically means is—due to COVID-19 and its results on automobile manufacturing and growth—JLR must concentrate on constructing and delivering vehicles that may earn a living proper now earlier than it could possibly end growing the EV XJ.
After we reached out for remark, a JLR spokesperson informed us that though “engineers proceed to work on the subsequent technology all-electric Jaguar XJ… [the] unprecedented state of affairs will inevitably have an effect on our rapid plans.” Whereas that is not the “sure” or “no” reply we might hoped for, it is most likely as near a affirmation as we’re more likely to get.
That makes an entire lot of sense, given the manufacturing unit that builds Jaguar’s sedans (the XF, XE, and the place the subsequent XJ shall be constructed) has but to reopen. Manufacturing, nevertheless, is ready to renew subsequent month—with the appropriate social distancing measures in place, after all.
Jaguar plans on constructing the brand new XJ on the corporate’s Modular Longitudinal Structure. It’s a rear-drive platform that may accommodate an entire host of powertrain configurations, together with battery-electric and inside combustion engine applied sciences. Meaning the subsequent XJ might welcome a fuel engine beneath its hood. Jaguar’s precedence—for now, not less than— is to get forward of the EV curve with its forthcoming flagship mannequin.