The new flagship sedan could pose a threat to the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.
After celebrating its 50th-anniversary last year, the Jaguar XJ is about to get some significant changes. The current model has been on sale for nearly ten years now, so a new model is long overdue. In fact, the current model has already finished production to pave the way for the next-generation model.
For the next-gen model, Jaguar will transform the luxury sedan into a Tesla Model S-rivaling electric flagship. Details about the new Jaguar XJ are still scarce, however, as no camouflaged prototypes have been spotted undergoing testing yet. Jaguar also hasn't hinted about the XJ's design direction, but this hasn't stopped Russian website Kolesa from envisioning Jaguar's new electric flagship.
The rendered electric XJ borrows design elements from current Jaguars, including the grille from the I-Pace that looks larger than the current XJ's. Elsewhere, the render artist has added some newly-designed slim LED headlights that give the sedan a more contemporary, sleeker look, as well as retractable door handles that are common on new Jaguar Land Rover models. At the back, the current XJ's vertical taillights have been replaced with a full-width LED strip and the license plate has been moved to the rear bumper.
So far, we know the all-new XJ will be built on Jaguar's new MLA platform, which will also underpin the upcoming J-Pace. This platform will allow Jaguar to make the XJ all-electric for the first time. With rumors suggesting it will pack four electric motors producing a combined 800 horsepower, the new electric XJ could be more powerful than the Tesla Model S P100D and Porsche Taycan.
Combustion-powered versions of the new XJ will also be available thanks to the MLA platform (hence why the rendered car has been depicted with an exhaust pipe) as reports suggest a six-cylinder gasoline-powered variant will go on sale after the electric version. The all-new Jaguar XJ is expected to arrive later this year.