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Jaguar is apparently planning to attack the upstart Fisker Karma head-on with an extended range electric version of the all-new XJ. The completely reworked XJ is due to arrive in July and hit dealers in December with a look heavily influenced by the smaller XF. A year later, the Indian-owned British luxury automaker will reportedly launch a plug-in version with 30 miles of electric only range that should help the big car get 47 mpg (US) and a CO2 emissions rating of less than 120 g/km.
Jaguar will be able to introduce this new model now that it has approved for a new EU loan for developing greener cars. Jaguar already has an advantage over some of its competitors because the full-size XJ is comparatively light thanks to its aluminum construction. Lotus Engineering and Caparo are helping Jaguar with development of the ER-EV powertrain.

Additionally, Jaguar and Land Rover are rumored to be developing micro-hybrids, full parallel hybrids, smaller diesel engines, and boosted gas engines along with even more weight reductions for the full lineup.

[Source: AutoCar]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Electric motors are not junk until they run out of juice... LOL A brand that became famous for its electrical problems now wants to build an electric car...Nothing can go wrong there. :o).

      All kid aside, this just follows the Jag tradition of being the biggest money pit to whoever owns it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Come into the 21st century, even if only as a tourist. The XJ now has a higher quality rating than Lexus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It will not sell, people who buy Jags like a good engine, which a electric motor isn't, it is a applliance. And they can also pay for the gas, Also I am sure they do not belive in the big Co2 myth.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "...a good engine, which a electric motor isn't, it is a applliance."

        Smooth, quiet, and torquey. Yea, electric motors are junk.
        • 6 Years Ago
        patrick clement
        • 6 Years Ago
        Patrick clement, god are you dumb with your "a good engine, electric motor isn't, it is a applliance." bull crap. Why in your opinion are electric motors not good motors? Not only are they way more efficient, powerful, compact, lightweight but also cheaper to operate.

        For F*'s sake your amateur, stop watching FoxNews for a second, you really believe all the garbage that's being said on there.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Spellchecker is a great tool if you know how to use it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ....has obviously never played with anything powered by an electric motor bigger than a blender.

        This is great news. I can't wait to see the design too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In more important news (haha), I hope the XJ looks a lot like that picture, the XF's original concept.

      While Aston and Jag were under the same tent, I would've loved to have seen an XJ offered with a V-12, one that could take on Audi and BMW's models, if not MB, for output. With the new blown AJ V-8 offering the same power and more torque than the Aston 12, it no longer makes sense, not to mention the fact that they're separated.

      Maybe Land Rover and Jaguar could collaborate on a V-12, one for the Range Rover, and a version of it for the new XJ. Please? So unlikely .......
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the car looks anything like the one pictured, I'm sure it'll sell. I don't know what kind of power it's going to have - but as long as it's at least quick - 0-60 in under 6 seconds, I'm sure it'll be a popular car on the road.. It'll be plenty luxurious and it's definitely a head turner...

      Sal Collaziano
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, the thing about the Karma is that it is gorgeous on top of being a hybrid. XJ's don't have too hot of a history with looks, but that depends on the eye of the beholder too, I suppose. The only other problem I could see with it would be

      Sorry, guys. My XJ just broke. Good thing I have a closet full of differentials now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now if they can ditch that noisy part with its several single points of failure, they'd be onto a winner.

      Personally, I can't wait until electricity storage technology catches up with demand; whether that's via fuel cell or more familiar cells. A car with an electric-only drivetrain will be so much simpler to manufacture and to service than those with IC engines.