Last March, Jaguar’s design head Ian Callum said that within two years the company would have something not powered by a gasoline engine available in the lineup.
Now, according to Automobile magazine, the Tata-owned British automaker will have two of those somethings in the lineup: a battery-electric large luxury sedan and an all-electric small crossover SUV.
This shift in plans called for abandoning plans of the C-X75 supercar, known as the Spectre after its cameo role in the most recent 007 movie.
Expected to arrive in 2018 and 2019, the two EVs can’t arrive soon enough as the regulatory environment ratchets up to favor all electric and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles.
First up is a large luxury sedan code named X590 that Automobile says is to be “a breathtaking four-door coupe with a rear hatch.”
The X590 will be Jaguar’s attempt to gain a presence in a segment dominated by large luxury sedans dominated by the Mercedes-Benz S-class and BMW’s 7 Series.
Equipped with all-wheel drive, the X590 will also take on Tesla’s Model S as well as future European electric luxury cars.
According to the report, the X590 will utilize a completely new electrified platform that can accommodate the software for autonomous driving capability that was developed by former BMW engineer Wolfgang Ziebart.
In 2019, the X590 will be followed by the electric crossover named E-Pace that a “well placed’ source described as: “Although it looks sleek, modern and aerodynamically efficient, this model will be rated as an SUV in North-America. All the SUV-defining hard points are there in place.”
The magazine said those who have seen sketches or mock-ups claim that in terms of stance and proportions, the battery-powered SUV is even more convincing than Audi´s remarkable Q6 e-tron.
Originally planned for the Range Rover Evoque, the crossover EV jumped brands to Jaguar and will be offered with a choice of one rear drive electric motor or two motors for all-wheel drive.
Three different battery packs tuned for performance, range or charge time will be available.
Both electric Jaguars are expected to be built by Austrian manufacturing specialist Magna.
Production volume of the X590 is currently tabbed to be between 20,000 and 30,000 per year, while the SUV is expected to attract between 30,000 and 50,000 buyers.
Those numbers help explain why Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with BMW and Ford to build a battery plant in the U.K.