New electric Jaguar XJ luxury saloon spotted testing

Forthcoming electric replacement for the XJ luxury saloon spotted testing under camouflage

The fully electric new Jaguar XJ luxury saloon car has been captured out and about testing by spy photographers. This will be a replacement for the already-discontinued previous-generation XJ, and will be available only with electric power.

This is the first we've seen of the electric XJ since late 2019, when the company showed a glimpse of the design. A presentation at that year's Frankfurt Motor Show briefly showed an image (below) of the rear of the car, revealing a full-width light strip, topped with prominent Jaguar lettering and the leaping-cat logo.

Speaking during the presentation, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Sir Ralf Speth said: "Based on our rich knowledge and experience gained from the I-Pace, Formula E and the I-Pace eTROPHY, our engineering team is in full swing to deliver the world’s first fully electric luxury sports saloon.

Jaguar XJ

"The new, all-electric XJ – extraordinarily remastered for the 21st century – will offer spiritual freedom for our customers," he continued. "Gliding in elegance, new tranquillity and new functionality, and in full consciousness of taking care of the environment."

Unlike the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV, which is manufactured under contract by Magna Steyr in Austria, the electric Jaguar XJ will be built in the UK, at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich site near Birmingham. Electric drivetrain production and battery assembly will also take place there.

Workers at the factory were the first to learn of the decision to build the new electric XJ in Castle Bromwich, with an announcement being made in July 2019 as the last of the outgoing combustion-engined model rolled down the line. Jaguar has also committed to co-developing electric drivetrain technology with BMW, in order to keep costs under control.