Jaguar currently has no EVs in its lineup. That’s about to change.
Automobile reports that the venerable British automaker is going to add two EVs to the model line in addition to refreshes and updates to the XE sedan and F-Pace SUV (themselves both new additions) as well as to the F-Type sports car.
The magazine reports that Jaguar is abandoning plans to build a 2+2 sports coupe based on the F-Type to replace the discontinued XK, as well as also scrapping plans to bring the C-X75 supercar into production. Instead, the company will build a luxury EV sedan intended to eventually replace the XJ and an electric SUV.
The sedan has a code name of X590, and it’s said to be a four-door coupe with a hatchback design. Former BMW engineer Wolfgang Ziebart has reportedly been tabbed to oversee development, and advanced autonomous driving features will be part of the package. The car will have all-wheel drive and be positioned as a Tesla Model S fighter. It’s supposed to reach the market a year ahead of German offerings such as the Mercedes-Benz EQS, Audi C e-tron, and BMW 9-Series.
Automobile reports that the XJ will remain on sale alongside the X590, in case the new car isn’t well-received, and if the XJ continues to draw interest, a next-generation model would continue with an internal combustion engine and be a re-skinned version of the current car’s long-wheelbase version.
The SUV, which was originally planned as a Range Rover model, will reach market in 2019 and it will come with one electric motor for rear-wheel drive and two for all-wheel drive. Positioned as a competitor to the Audi Q6 e-tron, the SUV will have three battery packs, accounting for variations in charge time, range, and overall performance.
Jaguar may either buy batteries and electric motors from third-party suppliers or potentially work with other automakers, such as Ford and BMW, to build a plant of its own to supply EV components.
Both the new Jaguars are expected to be built by Austrian manufacturing company Magna, and projected sales volumes are 20,000 to 30,000 for the sedan and 30,000-50,000 for the less-expensive SUV.