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Look out for the new Jaguar XJ when it debuts later this year.

After five years, the current Jaguar XJ is ending production. To mark the end of its lifecycle, Jaguar unveiled the exquisite XJ Collection Special Edition at the 2019 LA Auto Show last year, which is limited to just 300 units.

But the Jaguar XJ won't be gone for long, because it will soon be reborn as an all-electric flagship sedan that will rival the likes of the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, and Mercedes-Benz EQS. The next-generation Jaguar XJ is expected to debut later this year, and now our spies have spotted a camouflaged prototype test mule for the first time.

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Spotted being transported on a trailer in preparation for some grueling cold-weather testing, the test mule is based on the Jaguar XF sedan but modifications indicate we're looking at a test mule of the new XJ. The front looks noticeably different, the fenders are wider, and the side sills are higher. Jaguar has also covered up half the license plate to prevent our spies from checking them for more information and the front is completely covered up, preventing us from seeing the new design details.

Jaguar's new fully electric flagship sedan will ride on a new Modular Longitudinal Architecture that can accommodate both electric and combustion powertrains, and is said to be lighter than the automaker's outgoing D series platform.

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This will allow Jaguar to build pure electric cars and hybrid versions of the same model on the same production line. The new platform will also underpin the Jaguar J-Pace, as well as the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport.

Rumors suggest the new Jaguar XJ will pack four electric motors producing a combined 800 horsepower, which would make it even more powerful than the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Chances are the electric XJ will cost more than the current range-topping Jaguar XJR, which starts at $122,700. However, Jaguar may still continue selling gasoline versions of the flagship sedan towards the end of the new model's lifecycle.

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