Get ready for a Jaguar EV onslaught.
Right now, the Jaguar I-Pace is the only fully electric vehicle in Jaguar Land Rover's line up, but that's soon about to change. According to Autocar, Jaguar Land Rover is preparing to unleash a massive EV onslaught by converting its plant based in Castle Bromwich, UK, into a dedicated EV production facility. As part of a major £1 billion investment, Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Solihull, UK, is also being overhauled to prepare for the automaker's new Modular Longitudinal Architecture that will underpin Jaguar Land Rover's upcoming EVs.
As recent spy shots have shown, the next-generation Jaguar XJ flagship sedan is already in development, which will debut later this year and initially go on sale only as an EV to rival the Tesla Model S, Audi e-tron GT, and Porsche Taycan.
The first production examples are expected to roll out of Jaguar Land Rover's Castle Bromwich factory in spring 2021. Thanks to four electric motors, the next-generation Jaguar XJ will produce a combined 800 horsepower according to reports, which would make it even more powerful than the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. This isn't the only new electric model that will be manufactured at the Castle Bromwich plant, however.
According to the publication's sources, Jaguar will also launch two electric crossovers. The long-rumored Land Rover 'Road Rover' will reportedly be sold as a pure EV and the new Jaguar J-Pace flagship will also be built at the plant as an EV to rival the Tesla Model X.
All three models will be underpinned by the MLA platform, which supports battery-electric, plug-in hybrid and internal combustion engines. Both models are expected to be low-riding crossovers rather than large SUVs.
Distinguishing the J-Pace from the F-Pace will be a more luxurious interior and radical styling. It also isn't expected to borrow styling cues from the electric I-Pace. Eventually, the J-Pace could also be offered with a conventional combustion powertrain, but this version is likely to be built at the Solihull plant alongside the new Range Rover and be offered with a range of hybrid options including the straight-six gasoline unit offered in the facelifted Range Rover Sport. Details about the Road Rover are still a mystery, but it will likely be a luxurious SUV with less off-road capability than its Range Rover sibling. Both the electric Jaguar J-Pace and Range Rover will reportedly launch by the end of next year.