2021 Jaguar XJ Review – The Jaguar has confirmed that the current XJ sedan will end production this summer, ten years after the X351 generation car first debuted. But Jaguar also confirmed to C / D that the XJ nameplate will live on in a new model that will be announced in the near future. What’s next for the iconic luxury sedan?
2021 Jaguar XJ Review
Seen on 2021 Jaguar XJ Land Rover’s next-generation aluminum architecture that will facilitate electrification, the new XJ will be closely linked to upcoming Land Rover models, including a new road-biased Range Rover. We expect Twin engines that will provide all-wheel drive, a battery pack with the juice to deliver at least 300 miles of range, and – if Jaguar is serious about survival – DC fast charging capable of rebuilding the battery at Tesla Supercharger speeds.
This really is the Jaguars last chance saloon. The company is in a pile of problems. It’s hemorrhaging cash, and buyers are falling out of love with sedans, especially the brand’s aging and unremarkable ones. The current 2021 Jaguar XJ is the oldest in the clan and farthest from the pace that was launched a decade ago. The bold strategy is to replace it with this brand new EV-only model to act as the flagship of the company’s wider electrification plans and to get a slice of that sweet, sweet Tesla pie. The upcoming Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan, along with Aston Martin’s upcoming Lagonda sedan, will also be leading competitors.
This announcement confirms electrification for the Jaguar big sedan, which Jaguar has been teasing for quite some time. However, it is still unclear whether XJ will be offered exclusively as an EV. It will be built on Jaguar Land Rover’s new Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) platform, which was engineered from the ground up to accommodate electric powertrains, but it is still compatible with ICEs.
Previous rumors have suggested that an electric model at launch may be followed by gasoline-powered models.
Only a brief glimpse of the new electric XJ’s rear end was shown, giving us a glimpse of a Jaguar logo on the cover (with the name spelled all the way down) along with thin, full-width tail light strips. In an interview with Autocar, Jaguar Julian Thomson said the styling of the new 2021 Jaguar XJ will “not be conventional.” Thomson took over for former Lead Designer Ian Callum upon his departure and worked under him as he oversaw the styling of the Jaguar modern lineup.
Despite Thomson’s claim, the teaser image at least suggests a somewhat traditional backing for the new XJ, as a Trunk opening line is visible. Fastback sedans have become more prevalent as manufacturers look for ways to bring crossover-like functionality to their slower-selling four-door. While the XJ could sport a rear lift gate rather than an old-fashioned suitcase, the up-swing in the panel hole would be more indicative of the latter.
Teaser came during 2021 Jaguar XJ Land Rover’s press conference introducing the new Land Rover Defender, which is also likely to get an electrified variant in the coming years despite the launch of two internal combustion engines.
We expect to hear more about the Jaguar plans for the new XJ in 2020. We expect the Jaguar big EV sedan to be unveiled later this year, with sales beginning in 2020 at a price close to $ 100,000.