The I-Pace's technology is about to get even better.
The current Jaguar XJ sedan isn't exactly what we'd call slow. In its most potent form, the XJR 575, the XJ features a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 pumping out (you guessed it) 575 horsepower. Having just celebrated its 50th anniversary, the XJ is gearing up for some big changes.
The next-generation XJ, which is rumored to arrive later this year, is expected to be an all-electric rival for the Tesla Model S. Aside from its all-electric drivetrain, details about the upcoming XJ replacement have been scarce... until now. News from Car Magazine says the new XJ could arrive with as much as 800 hp.
Unlike the current XJ sedan, the next-generation model may use a liftback design like the Audi A5 Sportback and Kia Stinger. It will be built on a new MLA platform, which will also underpin the upcoming Jaguar J-Pace SUV and future Range Rovers. Even though the XJ is expected to be all-electric, the platform will be designed to accept an internal combustion engine up to a V8. While the J-Pace and upcoming Range Rovers remain a mystery in terms of powertrain, the XJ is rumored to borrow technology from the current I-Pace.
The I-Pace uses two electric motors (one on each axle) to produce 394 hp. The future XJ could double the number of motors (one on each wheel), each producing as much as 200 hp. This means the new XJ could produce as much as 800 hp in total. If this rumor turns out to be true, the XJ could easily outdo even the most potent Tesla Model S and upstage the upcoming Porsche Taycan. The name 'e-XJ' is rumored to be used and Jaguar may increase the price over the current XJ in order to offset the car's development costs. Expect the electric XJ to cost more than the current XJR 575's $122,700 price tag.