Approaching the end of its near decade long production run, and with its future having been in doubt since 2017, the report from Britain’s Autocar magazine claims that the next XJ will be built at the Castle Bromwich plant, which is in the process of being retooled as an electric manufacturing facility only with an annual production capacity of 150 000 units.
“The future of mobility is electric and, as a visionary British company, we are committed to making our next generation of zero-emission vehicles in the UK. We are co-locating our electric vehicle manufacture, Electronic Drive Units and battery assembly to create a powerhouse of electrification in the Midlands,” Jaguar-Land Rover (JLR) Chief Executive, Ralf Speth, told the publication.
The XJ’s transition to electric power will therefore bring JLR’s current range of plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles to four after the I-Pace, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, though expect more variants to be revealed in the coming years.
Set to be based on the Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) that will underpin the new Defender, JLR has however stated that the new XJ will “build on the characteristics synonymous with its predecessors – beautiful design, intelligent performance and revered luxury”.