This also means surprising news about the Jaguar XJ luxury sedan.
Bh now it's well-known that the Jaguar XJ sedan will be scrapped this year. Replacing it will be a new electric sedan that will revive the XJ nameplate and reportedly produce over 800 horsepower. This isn't the only iconic Jaguar Land Rover model that will be going all-electric, however.
According to Automotive News, Jaguar Land Rover announced that it will launch its new electric-capable modular platform in a "large SUV and a large premium sedan," at its recent investor day. The premium sedan will be the Jaguar XJ's replacement reportedly due to arrive next year, while the luxury SUV will, of course, be the next-generation Range Rover due in 2021.
Jaguar's new Modular Longitudinal Architecture can be adapted for pure electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild-hybrid drivetrains and will help "drive margin improvement driven by new products and cost improvements," according to Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover's head of product engineering.
Surprisingly, the new Jaguar XJ won't be electric only. Initially, the new XJ will launch as an electric model, but will be followed by six-cylinder gasoline versions later in the model's cycle, according to "a source close to the company."
During a presentation, Rogers revealed that electric cars using the MLA platform will have a battery size of 90.2 kilowatt-hours, enabling a range of up to 292 miles. The electric XJ is being designed to rival the Tesla Model S as well as the upcoming Porsche Taycan sedan and Audi e-tron GT.
As for the Range Rover, the next-generation luxury SUV will quickly be followed by the Range Rover Sport underpinned by the same MLA platform. Both will have plug-in variants and at least one of Range Rover's four nameplates will feature a full-electric option, according to the presentation. JLR already offers plug-in models of the current Range Rover and Range Rover Sport and is preparing to launch a plug-in hybrid version of the new Range Rover Evoque.
Jaguar Land Rover also confirmed that plug-in hybrid models on the new platform will use a 13.1 kWh battery that delivers an electric-only range of 31 km, while mild-hybrid models will use JLR's Ingenium engines fitted with a belt-integrated starter generator to give an electric boost at lower speeds.