Jaguar To Introduce A New Electric Model, the Road Rover

Jaguar aims to unveil a new all-electric model later this decade called the Road Rover.

According to Autocar, the first vehicle in the series will be an all-electric model that will focus its sales in the U.S. and China. Very little has been revealed about its specifications, other than it may feature a 300-mile range with a 0-to-60 mph time of less than five seconds –numbers tied to the brand’s first all-electric concept, the i-Pace crossover, which was presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year (image is of the i-Pace).

Set to compete with the Mercedes S-Class, Autocar has also hypothesized that its body would look more like a Jaguar XJ than an Evoque or Discovery.

The Road Rover moniker has a history. In the 1950’s, the name belonged to a short-lived experimental model between the original Land Rover and Rover cars. A few years later, aspects of that Road Rover was repurposed into what later became the first Range Rover.

The Road Rover follows recent developments with Jaguar Land Rover’s plans to launch only electric or hybrid vehicles starting in 2020, with the i-Pace set to go on sale in 2018. Also, Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to hire 40,000 workers to contribute towards the development of new battery technology with a focus on hybrid vehicles entering production before going all-electric.

No word yet on when and where the Road Rover will debut, although it is believed to be the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show.

Autocar via Motor Authority


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