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New Jaguar XJ BEV to launch at end of 2018, Road Rover BEV in 2019?

Posted: Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:59 pm
by edatoakrun
JLR heads considerably upmarket from the I-Pace, for its next BEV launches.
New Road Rover model to launch in 2019

New Land Rover model line will kick off with an electric-powered XJ-sized luxury vehicle

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will stun the automotive world by launching a new model line, the Road Rover, before the end of the decade, Autocar can reveal.

The first production vehicle will be a premium all-electric model, aimed primarily at markets such as California in the US and China.

The first Road Rover is understood to be a Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival in terms of outright luxury and interior craftsmanship but with some 'all-terrain' capability. The car will also be tuned for impressive on-road dynamic performance, taking advantage of the potential delivered by electric motors.

The car could make its public debut at the Los Angeles motor show in late 2019, with sales starting soon after. Prices are expected to be pegged at around £90,000 for the top-line versions.

...Autocar understands that the first Road Rover model is being developed in parallel with the next-generation XJ. The underlying structure for both of these vehicles is a new-generation aluminium architecture that can accommodate both battery packs and piston engines.

It's thought that the new XJ and the Road Rover will both be pure-electric vehicles with twin electric motors and on-demand all-wheel drive... ... aunch-2019

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Re: New Jaguar XJ BEV to launch at end of 2018, Road Rover BEV in 2019?

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:23 am
by edatoakrun
The level of detail in the full story excepted below suggests how serious Jaguar is, and the move-up of the XJ launch date shows quickly it plans build on the I-PACE lead to beat the German competition to the market.
2019 Jaguar XJ to be reborn as high-tech electric flagship

Luxury flagship will use cutting-edge tech to steal a march on S-Class and 7 Series

The Jaguar XJ will be reinvented as an electric car for its next generation, which will go on sale in 2019 after a launch at the end of 2018, the 50th anniversary of the first XJ...

Autocar has learned that the decision has been taken to replace it, despite the tougher market for luxury saloons in the face of the rising popularity of luxury SUVs. However, it is being replaced not with a like-for-like model but with one that reinvents the very idea of a luxury saloon as an electric car and can act as a high-tech flagship for Jaguar.

As well as aiming for the success Tesla enjoys with its larger models, the new XJ will be pitched as a cutting-edge alternative to luxury saloons such as the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class...

...the XJ will retain a sleek saloon profile, albeit with a switch from a four-door layout to a five-door...

Design work on the car has now been completed by design boss Ian Callum and his team. The design is understood to have been well received inside the company and united it in the belief that this reinvented XJ will be a true flagship for the firm, ushering in a new design language for the brand...

The versatile architecture used for the XJ and its Land Rover sibling will be a new aluminium one that will not only underpin electric cars but also traditional piston engines to support more hybrid models. It is understood the XJ will not go down the hybrid route initially – if ever – to avoid diluting the impact around its reinvention.

The electric technology will support twin motors and all-wheel drive. It will be backed with the chassis technology needed to create a supremely luxurious drive and also a sporty one, Jaguar being keen to keep the XJ’s role as the sportiest car in its segment.

To that end, the electric drivetrain will enable strong performance figures and torque vectoring. A range well in excess of 300 miles is expected. ... c-flagship

Re: New Jaguar XJ BEV to launch at end of 2018, Road Rover BEV in 2019?

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:19 pm
by EatsShootsandLeafs
Jag has a great design team, their current bunch of cars look very sharp.

Re: New Jaguar XJ BEV to launch at end of 2018, Road Rover BEV in 2019?

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:22 pm
by LTLFTcomposite
"Launch" has become a meaningless term in this industry. It bears no relation to the date at which one could actually acquire something.