Jaguar planning to cull petrol, diesel engines
A phase out of conventional vehicles over the next five to seven years for Jaguar Land Rover is on the cards, with models to be replaced by fully-electric cars if plans go ahead.
The UK car maker suggests a four or five-model all-electric line-up could sell as many as 300,000 units per year, which the company would benefit from with much higher retail prices and a large reduction in the average corporate fuel economy for Jaguar Land Rover.
If the plans, reported by British publication Autocar, come to life, a replacement for the Jaguar XJ will come as a fully electric luxury saloon, expected within the next two years, and will sit as a direct competitor to Porsche’s Taycan and Tesla’s Model S.
Jaguar says the new XJ will be the ultimate in luxury, offering customers “a zero-pollution alternative to a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or a Bentley Flying Spur”.
Production of the XE and XF will end in 2023, reportedly replaced by an all-new electric crossover that will be slightly bigger than the Audi E-tron.
Sales of the E-Pace and F-Pace models were down 25 per cent and 17 per cent respectively over the year and the models are set to be phased out by 2025, bringing a re-vamped I-Pace.
According to Autocar, Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich location has been forced to change its production schedule, affecting 3000 staff by reducing the working week to only three days due to the recent slump in sales.
While the move to a fully-electric future is not yet confirmed for JLR, it would see Castle Bromwich redeveloped as a specialist EV factory to build cars on the new all-wheel-drive MLA EV platform.