Jaguar’s next XJ sedan will ride on an all-new platform designed for electric and hybrid vehicles and will use a beefed-up drivetrain from the I-Pace EV, read new reports.
According to CAR Magazine, Jaguar’s biggest sedan will be going battery-powered for the next generation, and ride on the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) shared with the new Defender and another upcoming Land Rover that will be more like a car than an SUV.
The XJ will most likely still be a five-door liftback sedan, the magazine muses.
Driving the XJ could be the powertrain from the I-Pace EV, albeit with a few modifications, boosting the 90-kWh battery pack to 100 kWh; and using electric motors at all four wheels instead of just one on each axle.
Each motor could be rated up to 200 horsepower, which means a total system output of 800 horsepower, enough to leave its EV competitors in its all-electric dust.
The current I-Pace makes 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque, which also suggests the XJ could make over 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque.
Unfortunately, this is all supposition at this point, as Jaguar hasn’t revealed its own specs, or any information at all, really. No prototypes have been spied, and previous release dates have come and gone.
What we do know is Jaguar plans to electrify all of its vehicles for the 2020 model year—the XJ could be the start of that transformation.
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