2021 Jaguar XJ Teased As Company Gears Up To Launch The Electric Flagship
Jaguar didn’t have any new metal on the floor, but it did use the Frankfurt Motor Show to tease the next-generation XJ.
Briefly shown during the Land Rover Defender presentation, the teaser image shows the flagship sedan will have a bold rear end with slender taillights that span the entire width of the vehicle. The model also has prominent Jaguar badging and what appears to be a trunk with an integrated spoiler.
The overall design appears to be an evolution of the styling language used on the facelifted XE. This will likely appease fans as the rear end of the current XJ – which went out of production earlier this year – was highly controversial as critics complained about the odd taillights and blacked out rear pillars.
While Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth talked about the car for a little bit, his words were drowned out by the host of the Defender presentation. This is unfortunate, but Jaguar has already said the sedan will have a “beautiful design, intelligent performance and revered luxury.”
More importantly, the company has confirmed plans for an electric variant which will be based on the Modular Longitudinal Architecture. A previous presentation showed electric vehicles based on that platform will have a 90.2 kWh battery pack which will give them a range of up to 292 miles (470 km). The presentation also suggested upcoming electric vehicles will have a motor at each axle and this will give them all-wheel drive.
Jaguar is already upgrading its Castle Bromwich plant to accommodate the next-generation XJ and the model could be introduced sometime next year.