01 Jul 2019

Jaguar Land Rover: Electric XJ and Range Rover On The Way

The electric-ready Range Rover will arrive in 2021
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Jaguar Land Rover is moving forward with its electric vehicle plans, telling investors earlier this month that its electric modular platform will debut as a large SUV and a premium sedan.

According to Automotive News, the large SUV is expected to be the next-generation Range Rover luxury SUV, which is due in 2021, while the large premium sedan will be the reincarnated iteration of the Jaguar XJ, which is being killed off only to be replaced by an all-electric replacement.

The next generation XJ will arrive next year, and will build on technology first trialled in the i-Pace SUV which has been on sale since late last year.

The platform that the two new models will be built on is called the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) which can be adapted for the whole run of EV options including all-electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid drivetrains.

Jaguar Land Rover’s head of product engineering, Nick Rogers said that the platform would help drive margin improvement driven by new products and cost improvements.

Rogers said that models based on the MLA platform will have a range of up to 470km thanks to its 90.2kilowatt-hour battery, giving them a range that would rival the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Taycan.

While Jaguar Land Rover is learning from the lessons of developing and launching the i-Pace, the MLA platform of the new models is an all-new creation.

As is customary, the new Range Rover SUV will be closely followed by a Range Rover Sport which will be built on the same MLA platform.

The current XJ will stop being produced next month.

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