By on June 21, 2019

With Jaguar’s XJ sedan on its way out, the company is actively working on a replacement using its new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA). Like many modern platforms, MLA can be be adapted for use in electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild-hybrid applications… and the automotive firm no doubt plans to squeeze every dime it can out of that built-in versatility.

Following the debut of a large premium sedan that’s supposed to replace the XJ sometime next year, MLA will see action at Land Rover — underpinning the new Ranger Rover in 2021. Eventually the automaker intends to use MLA as the basis for most future models, hopefully reducing development and manufacturing costs after posting a $4.6 billion loss earlier this year. 

According to Automotive News, the XJ’s replacement will be launched as an electric model with a six-cylinder gasoline version to follow after an undetermined period of time.

Electric vehicles using the MLA platform will have a battery size of 90 kWh and provide a maximum range just shy of 300 miles. Meanwhile, plug-in hybrid models will use a smaller 13-kWh battery to give an electric only range of roughly 31 miles before the internal combustion engine has to start picking up the slack. Mild hybrids will continue using JLR’s Ingenium engine series with an integrated starter generator.

Nick Rogers, JLR’s head of product engineering, has previously said that MLA-based cars will be manufactured in Solihull, England, meaning the XJ’s current home in Castle Bromwich will have to find something else to build when the model ceases production next month.

From Automotive News:

The next-generation Range Rover will be followed by the redesigned Range Rover Sport on the same MLA platform. Both SUVs will be available as plug-in hybrids and at least one of Range Rover’s four nameplates will have a full-electric option, according to the presentation for investors.

The 2021 rollout for both Range Rovers was confirmed by outgoing JLR CFO Ken Gregor on the company’s earnings conference call in May.

JLR already offers plug-in models of the current Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, which use the company’s D7U platform, and is readying a plug-in hybrid version of the new Range Rover Evoque, which uses an updated version of the D7A platform.

However, for as much work as JLR plans on giving MLA, its unlikely the platform will be a universal tool for the automaker. Jaguar’s outgoing head of design, Ian Callum, expressed some doubt that JLR would be able to effectively place every vehicle in the hands of one platform.

“We are moving to MLA yes, but that won’t be the only platform,” Callum told Automotive News Europe. “It would be mad not to evolve the I-Pace platform. It’s not the least expensive platform in the world, but the first platform is inevitably going more expensive than the next one.”

The Jaguar I-Pace is currently manufactured under contract by by Magna Steyr, in Austria, using the one-off JLR D7e platform. While it managed to win World Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show, we’re not certain how much energy the manufacturer would want to put behind a speciality EV that sells somewhat poorly.

Jaguar typically only ships a couple-hundred I-Paces per month inside the United States, while European deliveries have proven wildly inconstant due to supply chain issues and unpredictable demand. In December of 2018, Jag sold nearly 3,000 examples of the electric crossover to European customers but the number fell to 528 in the following month.

[Images: Jaguar Land Rover]

 

 

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19 Comments on “Jaguar Land Rover Readies XJ Successor, New SUV...”


  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    My armchair opinion is that Jaguar should go ahead and make the next XJ a Model S/Taycan fighter, which is to say a fully-electric liftback/sedan, and not even worry about the proposed gas model. The luxury limousine market the XJ previously occupied has shrunk, as those buyers flock to SUVs, and there’s really only room for the strongest players, which are the S-Class, 7 Series, and A8 (in that order).

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Exactly. We can debate all day long whether electrification will catch on with cheaper vehicles, but it’s clear rich folks really dig electrified top-shelf sedans.

      Besides, for this model, is there really any other way besides up?

    • 0 avatar
      gasser

      “Only room for the strongest players, which are the Tesla, S-Class, 7 Series…” Teslas are everywhere in Los Angeles, both S and Model 3s. I haven’t even seen a new A8. I see more Maserati sedans than A8s, and the A6s aren’t setting the world on fire here either. I can be sure that the cars are new, because in California you are issued a paper plate at sale, which is replaced by the metal ones in about a month.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      My armchair opinion is that Jaguar should go ahead and join the likes of Studebaker, Oldsmobile, and DeSoto.

    • 0 avatar
      Asdf

      It makes no sense whatsoever for ANY manufacturer to make ANY BEV until the defects of long charging times AND short ranges are fixed.

      • 0 avatar
        el scotto

        It makes no sense for you to cut and paste this to infinity and beyond when most BEV buyers have these odd things called “garages”. These miraculous garages are wired for this new fangled thing called “electricity” that allows them to have garage doors that open when you press a button on small plastic box, have these state of the art things called “lights” in their garage ceiling and miracle of miracles, something called “outlets”. A BEV owner can “plug in” their BEV when they enter their paragon of cutting-edge technology, referenced earlier as their “garage” and hopefully retain their wits and physical dexterity to unplug their BEV when they depart their abode in the next cycle of their circadian rhythms. Charging times matter not a whit whilst their are pursing other endeavors, so please give that one a rest.

        • 0 avatar
          Asdf

          Whether BEV owners allow their defective BEVs to charge overnight is 100 % irrelevant, as overnight charging does NOTHING to REDUCE the charging times nor FIX the INHERENT DEFECT that causes the long charging times. I’m really surprised how many utterly retarded people there are here, like you, who don’t seem to get this simple fact, but it’s just another piece of evidence that BEV ownership really does make people stupid, with you oddly enough volunteering as a human manifestation of said fact.

          • 0 avatar
            el scotto

            Lemme explain this in ICE terms. Most people don’t need to charge up their BEVs each and every day. Likewise most people driving most ICE vehicles don’t need to fill up every day. I currently fill up about twice a month. At my Wawa off VA28 and get more smokes. My friend who lives in the same neighborhood charges his Tesla weekly. He drives more than I do. He sits in house while his car charges. I get to go Wawa. I know who is having more fun.

        • 0 avatar
          Asdf

          Whether BEV owners allow their defective BEVs to charge overnight is 100 % irrelevant, as overnight charging does NOTHING to REDUCE the charging times nor FIX the INHERENT DEFECT that causes the long charging times. I’m really surprised how many utterly retarded people there are here who don’t seem to get this simple fact, but it’s just another piece of evidence that BEV ownership really does make people stupid.

          • 0 avatar
            el scotto

            There is absolutely no reason to insult the mentally handicapped, me, or BEV owners. Twice at that. You plug in your car and it recharges while you’re doing other things. It’s one more thing that’s just done. Using you logic, I should appear at my dry cleaners at 0700 and stand around until 1800 when my dry cleaning is ready. Ya drop off your dry cleaning, ya plug in your ride. You don’t wear your clothes while they’re being cleaned and pressed and you don’t drive your BEV while you’re charging it. Most people are amenable to these trade-offs having other things to do. You logic implies that you want to hand pick the cotton that goes into your clothing, card & spin, weave the cloth, then make your clothes. Most of us understand that process and buy our clothing of the shelf/rack. Then again, you probably think I’m the Spawn of Satan because my Roomba goes about its way while I’m a work. It recharges by itself too. Most people don’t drive over 200 miles a day or need their floors vacuumed on a daily basis.

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            el scotto,

            I have two comments:

            1. There are times when what I want to be doing is covering hundreds of miles via my car. On those occasions, being able to refuel in the time it takes to urinate and buy a snack is preferable to having an hour or eight on my hands to pursue a lower priority than getting where I’m going.

            2. How do you know what is going on at your neighbor’s house? It could be something that is more or less fun than a trip to Wawa.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            One of the best things about having an EV is a full tank whenever I get into the car without having to do much. Usually, I’ll burn only 2 or 3 kWhs in a day and with a 240v 50a charger (although the current car maxes out at 30a) it really doesn’t spend much time charging. Even after a 50-mile drive, it’s replaced the used power in less than 2 hours – at home.

            Model 3 owners are now reporting peak charge rates up to 143 kW at Supercharger 3s with the latest update. Damn things are getting too fast and don’t give you enough time to finish checking your emails before you have to move off of the charger.

            Don’t miss fueling in the freezing cold, don’t miss worrying about spilling fuel on the side of the car, and definitely don’t miss oil changes. Defect my azz.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    “December of 2018, Jag sold nearly 3,000 examples of the electric crossover to European customers but the number fell to 528 in the following month.”

    Well, sure, but why stop at January? Must admit I am no fan of your editorializing which from my POV seems to often include some myopic world views. Feb:872 Mar:1503: Apr:1195. What shortage? They only ever planned to make 12,000 a year. US sales run steady at 200 a month. Total since early intro sales April 2018 are about 10,000.

    If I had a spare $80K and wanted an EV, I’d get the Jaguar. It looks phenomenal – the owner of a 15 dealer megagroup here drives around in one. The finish is great, no wonder Magna Steyr got picked to build the Supra, and jeez, guess what? There’s an actual dealer in town, whereas Tesla is located 5,000 km away in another country with service policies that change on a whim. You’re out on a service limb buying one here, especially with no local incentives to begin with, only national ones just coming into effect that are capped to encourage sales of less expensive EVs.

    The XJ should die and the investment saved to hybridize or EV the other models and upgrade the interiors. Nobody wants a land barge whose interior isn’t up to the Mercedes Dayglo Berlin-by-Night standard with rocket nozzle interior air vents and microsuede-clad vacuum-formed plastic dash with glass instrumentation which is classy beyond compare. Apparently. Or if they don’t want a Merc, then it’s an upper model Tesla S which in its own country is no bad thing at all. Batting for the home team is great, but if you live somewhere else like Canada, both Tesla and Jaguar are imports, so why hassle yourself with no local dealer?

  • avatar
    ThomasSchiffer

    On paper the EV revolution sounds good, but in practice there are plenty of drawbacks, particularly in the taxi business.

    Since the middle of last year Jaguar is currently testing a fleet of i-Pace taxis in Munich, my city. I recently spoke with a taxi driver who operated an i-Pace in the summer and winter of 2018. He stated that the range is excellent on paper, but in practice it‘s barely adequate in the winter and peak summer months when heating and air-conditioning are respectively needed.

    https://www.abendzeitung-muenchen.de/inhalt.zehn-jaguar-i-pace-muenchner-taxi-zentrum-bekommt-noble-e-taxi-flotte.db604178-d55b-47f8-9bff-fa1b73e6adca.html

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      Plenty of drawbacks cuz why? Everyone drives 100 to 200 miles a day. Yeah, everyone, Right? Give me a break. That’s a tired argument. I have an extreme commute some days of a 100 mile round trip. Sometimes in sub-zero Fahrenheit temps. Yet, somehow I’ve managed to put over 80k miles on the car in almost 5 years. Most of time, when I’m doing normal mileage, I never even bother looking at the range gauge. Usually I lose only one bar out of twelve in a days driving when it’s not the 100 mile round trip commute.

      Range is increasing, helped by lighter and denser batteries. As time goes on, improvements will be made. BMW and Tesla now talking about 400 mile range cars soon. It sounds like what you’d hear back in the early days of digital photograpy or any of the other technological changes where people said the particular technology was going to soon hit a wall and stop. Yeah, 57k baud data communications or something like that was going to be limit because of the laws of physics. Yeah, right.

    • 0 avatar

      What taxi? Taxi is dead. Everyone I know uses Uber or Lyft apps. And no one in his right mind will buy $80K unreliable and expensive to fix European luxury car for Uber duty.
      P.S. Last time I rode in taxi was in 2010 and I did not like experience.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      Your Uber password should involve: “drinking, drinks, happy hour, adult beverages, drunk” or something along those lines.

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