Here's your first look at the new Jaguar XJ with a production body.
The current Jaguar XJ is ending production, but the iconic sedan will soon be reborn as an electric flagship that will take on the likes of the Tesla Model S, Audi e-tron GT, and Porsche Taycan. Last month, Jaguar was caught testing mules of the electric XJ on a trailer hiding under a Jaguar XF body.
This, however, is our first look at the new Jaguar XJ's sleek production body. Caught testing on icy roads, the electric Jaguar XJ is still covered in camouflage. Unfortunately, we don't get to see the prototype from all angles this time as the driver recognized our spy photographer and floored it.
While we only have a single blurry shot of the front to share, we get a clearer look at the rear. At the front, the new Jaguar XJ appears to have a larger grille reminiscent of the Jaguar I-Pace's grille. We also get a first look at the new LED headlights, which will likely be slimmer than the current model's.
Notable differences at the back include horizontally-shaped taillights replacing the current model's vertical rear lights. There's also a cut out in the camouflage for an exhaust system to fool you into thinking this is the current XJ, but the new XJ won't have a combustion engine - at least not initially.
Later in its lifecycle, Jaguar may offer a combustion-powered version since the new XJ will ride on the automaker's new Modular Longitudinal Architecture that supports electric and combustion powertrains. This platform will also underpin the all-new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which were both recently spied testing.
Technical details haven't been announced yet, but rumors suggest the electric Jaguar XJ will use four electric motors producing a combined 800 horsepower. If so, Jaguar's new flagship will be even more powerful than the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. The new Jaguar XJ is expected to debut later this year, possibly at the 2020 Paris Auto Show in September, but we should hopefully have some more revealing prototype spy shots to share before then.