Electric Jaguar XJ: future range-topper teased at Frankfurt

Jaguar gives a glimpse of its forthcoming electric replacement for the XJ luxury saloon

Jaguar XJ

Jaguar has teased a glimpse of the fully electric replacement for the discontinued Jaguar XJ petrol and diesel-engined luxury saloon car.

A presentation at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show briefly showed an image of the rear end of the new XJ, revealing full-width tail-light strip, topped with prominent Jaguar lettering and the familiar leaping-cat logo.

Speaking during the presentation, recently knighted 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.

"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 new 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 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.