The 2021 Jaguar XJ may be an all-electric sedan

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Aaron Smith 

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July 13, 2020  at 12:08 PM

Recently, an enhanced platform and electric successor of the 2019 Jaguar XJ was spotted during its testing. It will be launched at the end of the current year and, therefore, will be the 2021 version of the model. The new successor comes in the ongoing coupe design but has intricate modern detailing.

The Jaguar XJ is one of the first names that come to mind when you talk about premium luxury sedans. For years and years, this land yacht has been used to haul the British Royal Family. It offers the absolute best in terms of comfort, opulence, and luxury. The Cat on the hood has established itself as a symbol of wealth and class. While the hood ornament might be replaced in order to keep the sedan looking modern and fresh, the character of the XJ remains. For almost half a century, the XJ has ferried Monarchs and wealthy businessmen throughout the world, it has appeared in multiple James Bond films. This massive sedan has featured everything from an inline-6 to a befitting V12, however, times are changing and Jaguar has finally decided to change the XJ as well.

2021 Jaguar XJ Electric Sedan during testing.

With the Governments all over the world bringing in new and updated norms for vehicle emissions, the 2021 Jaguar XJ seems to be one of the first fully electric full-sized luxury sedans to have gone under real-world testing. Even though the reputed British manufacturer hasn't revealed any plans it has with the forthcoming model, the spy shots have given a lot to talk about. It's not just the minor details that have been updated, it seems like Jaguar has also dropped some of its signatures like the long vertical taillights and the hood ornament as well.

Update as on 13th July 2020: The 2021 Jaguar XJ Electric which was earlier supposed to be launched in the last quarter of 2020 of the first quarter of 2021 has been delayed further due to the COVID19 Pandemic. It can be unveiled towards the end of 2021.

What has changed in the styling department?

The designers and engineers at JLR have played it smart. The overall design character of the car has remained the same- sleek and sweet. The car features a long hood with thick and chunky A-pillars giving it the dominating front fascia. Much like industry standards nowadays, the 2021 Jaguar XJ seems to have a bigger front grille adding to the dominating factor. 

Even though the sedan will probably have an electric motor under the hood, the grille seems to have become larger. The side profile looks similar to the current generation with a long rear door for added ease while entering or leaving the car. Due to the heavy camouflage, it is difficult to say if the side has any sweeps or character lines.

Based on the teaser at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it seems like the tail light has been replaced with a lightbar all together. We have seen this trend picking up over the last couple of years especially with the German giant Audi. Now, Audi has always been known for making their lights a bit different than everyone else. They started the LED DRL trend and everyone jumped into it and the same seems to be the case with rear lightbars.

As per Ian Callum, the Design Chief of the company, this vehicle will showcase a sports car look. From these spy shots, it is pretty evident how the roof tapers down giving it a coupe styling. While this design character was there in the previous generations as well, it looks more prominent in the upcoming one. This style gives the sedan a much classier look. The tail end comes and finishes as one. So, the next time a "baddie" chases "M" in a James Bond movie, he will have better hindquarters to look at.

What to expect under the skin?

This electric Jaguar will be built on the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) Platform. This Platform is expected to underpin other vehicles in the Jaguar and Land Rover portfolio as well. This platform is capable of supporting electric, hybrid, and mild-hybrid powertrains. So, we can expect an XJ with a gasoline engine, however, only the electric powertrain has been announced yet. In addition to that, the MLA Platform is expected to support all the JLD EVs and hybrids by 2025.

The 2021 XJ is expected to have an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. This means that there will be at least two electric motors in the car- one located in the front hood and one under the boot floor in the back. If the I Pace it to be taken as a reference for power figures, the XJ will have at least 394 horsepower and 512 lb-ft of torque. Higher output can be expected. Having said that, just like every other luxury EV, the 2021 Jaguar XJ will have a brisk acceleration- step on the gas and it will move. While we cannot expect it to have a sub 3 second 0-60 time like the Tesla Model S, it can be expected to be around 3.5- 4.5 seconds.

While there is no official word on what the 2021 Jaguar XJ will deliver in terms of economy or range, it is expected to be better than the I Pace which has a range of around 250 miles. The charging times are also expected to reduce by a significant margin. For reference, the 2020 Jaguar I Pace takes 40 minutes to charge from 0-80% on DC fast charging whereas 13 hours are needed to fully charge the battery from E to F on a household 240 Volt power socket.

The placement of the battery is also expected to be under the floor, which will, in turn, lower the center of gravity giving the car much better handling dynamics. We have already seen this phenomenon play out in the I Pace. If not anything, judging by the history the 2021 XJ will surely be a bliss to drive and be driven in.

What to expect from the interior?

Electric, hybrid, or gas-powered, one thing will always remain constant for the Jaguar XJ- luxury. The XJ has always been the most luxurious model in Jag's lineup and the 2021 model isn't going to be any different. It is expected to have tons and tons of room both in the front and the rear. The cabin will also be of the top quality with leather everywhere. In addition to that, with the Velar, JLR also launched something called "Premium Textile" which looks premium and feels like leather without being leather. The manufacturer has also been known to use recycled material in the cabin. 

Features like heated, ventilated seats, and multi-zone climate control are a given. On the tech front, the infotainment system and the driver's display are also expected to be upgraded to something more modern than what we have been seeing for the last ten years. Both the INCONTROL and Touch Pro are expected to be upgraded for the 2021 model as well. A panoramic sunroof and wireless charging pads can also be expected at this price point. Reclining rear seats are something that Jag might offer as paid options.

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How much will the 2021 Jaguar XJ Cost?

Jaguar Land Rover has not released the pricing of the 2021 XJ. The 2019 model starts at over $70,000, so the 2021 Jaguar XJ can only be expected to start over $95,000. The fully electric powertrain is also going to be one of the reasons for this price hike. The number of trims that will be available hasn't been announced by Jaguar either. However, keeping in mind how the British Marque works, the XJ is expected to have various drivetrains and options on offer. 

The production of this vehicle will take place at the Castle Bromwich plant in the UK, wherein the manufacturing of the existing models halted in July last year. The plant is no longer like it used to be. Instead, it is developed and modified and will now be an electronic vehicle hub for the Jaguar Land Rover. This plant will also be the primary source of the automaker for developing electric motors and batteries. Surely, the fully electric executive sedan is going to be very exciting.

The 2021 XJ will compete with rivals like Porsche Taycan, Audi E-Tron GT, and upper range trims of the Tesla Model S. The spy shots are taken by an undisclosed source. Therefore we are not sure about the official interior and exterior features of the vehicle. Besides this, recently, the Audi E-Tron GT was also spotted for testing purposes. Stay tuned for more news on Jaguar, its rivals, and trims.

2021 Jaguar XJ Electric FAQs

When will the 2021 Jaguar XJ get on sale?

Originally, the 2021 XJ was expected to be launched in the second half of 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the launch was pushed further to the last quarter or 2020 or early 2021. But the latest updates suggest that the launch has been pushed further to at least the third quarter of 2021. Nevertheless, we're pretty sure it's gonna be pretty futuristic and plush.

Will there be a gas-powered 2021 Jaguar XJ?

As of now, the company has only announced an all-electric version but keeping in mind the MLA Platform, a hybrid or even a plug-in hybrid could be on the cards.

Is Jaguar XJ expensive to maintain?

On average, the 2019 gas-powered Jaguar XJ costs around $1,232 to maintain per year. This cost has been calculated keeping in mind that the car hasn't been in a serious accident or needs parts changed. On the other hand, for the electric drivetrain, it is yet to be seen how much it costs to maintain and run.

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