• Feb 4, 2010
2011 Jaguar XJ – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to Autocar in the UK, Jaguar Land Rover is still hard at work on series hybrid vehicles. Similar to the stance General Motors has taken with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, Jaguar believes that the only real way electric vehicles can be made compatible with everyday life is to add a small range-extending gasoline-powered engine that's capable of keeping the batteries charged on the go.

Unlike GM, though, Jaguar has seen fit to contract its small engine work out to Lotus, which makes sense given the two British company's differing product specialties. Lotus has reportedly delivered a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that generates 35kW of power, which is carried – with a little help from a UK government grant or two – inside a new 2011 XJ sedan with a lithium ion battery pack.

Motive force comes courtesy of what Autocar believes is a 145kW (194 horsepower) electric motor with 295 pound-feet of torque. Performance specifications sound pretty good – though not quite as impressive as we might have imagined – assuming all of this is accurate, with a range of 600 miles, combined fuel economy of 47 miles per gallon (57 mpg UK) and carbon emissions of under 120 g/km. Top speed would reportedly come in at 112 miles per hour.

An unnamed source at Jaguar tells Autocar that the electric XJ handles quite well "because of the bulk that's removed from car when you strip out the conventional drivetrain." Future Range Rover models are also rumored to get a similar drivetrain.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "...a 145kW (194 horsepower) electric motor with 295 pound-feet of torque...assuming all of this is accurate, with a range of 600 miles, combined fuel economy of 47 miles per gallon (57 mpg UK)...Top speed would reportedly come in at 112 miles per hour.

      I like this Jaguar's "purr"formance...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't get a chance to read anything here. I was too focused on the pose in picture #2!
        • 4 Years Ago
        yer, that jag looks good on the front 3/4 doesn't it? ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jaguar is doing quite well under Tata.
      • 4 Years Ago
      would this be the same system as the Volt?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was kind of hoping to see something like a two or three cylinder diesel. Unlike Chevrolet's Volt, Jaguar has the advantage that they can absorb the higher costs associated with diesel engines. It would produce phenomenal range.

        Or Lotus' new Omnivore engine, would have been a really cool application and give Jaguar a lot of street cred in the "forefront of new technology" department.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Lorenzo - that's a good point :)

        Honda do make superb, small to medium sized generators don't they?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @rod
        wonder why a company like Honda is not doing this, because they make generators already......
        You would think with all the companies that make generators out there, the car companies could just leverage that technology, instead of re-inventing the wheel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yes, except for unknown reasons the volt will have a relatively large 4 cylinder 1.4L to begin with.

        I wonder how far the Jagwaaar can go on batteries alone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jag design is still boring.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really? Who do you consider to be exciting? I'm honestly curious. Compared to the other luxury marques, i think Jaguar has some of the best looking designs coming out of their design department.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm with Alex on this one. I LOVE Jaguar's change in design style. Do I think it's as good as the old XKE? No, but it's way better than what we saw before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd just like to say that I'm really impressed with the way Tata is handling Jaguar/Land Rover. Both of them have released/are releasing top-class models and judging by this, their R&D department doesn't sound strapped for cash.

      Now I'm just waiting for a 3-series killer from Jag.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As far as coosing an JX over the 7 series? Been there, done that and wouldn't change that decision in a hundred years. Our 2004 XJ has been incredible. Not a single problem in over 4 years, still rides and handles great and best of all, get 22-23MPG around town and low 30's on the highway. And I think it looks better today than a 2004 7 series looks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Zamafir: Speak for yourself. Given the option of a 7 series or an XJ, I'd take the jag anyday. BMW and Jag are both premium cars but only one of them really cares about luxury.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ J.Crew

        Jag old electronic woes were the result of what plagued all British vehicles, Lucas Electronics. Fortunately, one of Fords first moves was to find a new electronics supplier. I don't know who Tata is using now but fortunately electronic gremlins are a thing of Jaguar's past.

        Why do Brits like warm beer?
        Because Lucas made their refrigerators.
        Lax1221
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jaguar really did a phenomenal job on redesigning and reinventing the Jaguar XJ. The details and craftsmanship that went into the interior is absolutely remarkable, it aims to be a luxury yacht or jet. Great TFT Liquid Crystal gauges, this is definitely a feature that will start popping up in luxury vehicles in the next couple years. Everything from the fine tuning of the Bowers and Wilkins to the little details in the analog clock. Love the line/crease that comes up from the air dam and fascia all the way through to the C-pillar, really a great design element there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can agree on the Tata part as they are letting Jag do what it needs to do. Having said that... Jag and electronics... not their strong suit. An all electric Jag sounds risky to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Zamafir, I didn't get a chance to actually drive the new XF or XJ, nor the new 5/7 series so I can't comment on driving dynamics, BUT I did see a lot of photographs/videos of all 4 cars (and in case of XF and 7 series I actually saw them live and sat in them) and I came to a conclusion that aesthetic-wise, XF is a much more elegant and better lookign car than the new 5 series, and the new XJ doesn't look as generic as the new 7 series which looks pretty much like the rest of the BMW lineup, just streched. So aesthetically speaking I think BMW is getting pounded by new Jags. Also, the new Mercedes E-Class, I do like the front but the rear couldn't be more Korean looking...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I totally agree with you yosh. From what I see Tata is doing a commendable job.

        Teaming up with Lotus is a smart idea, maybe they'll get some chassis tips from them as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ello - go sit in the XJ and get back to me. I love the XF, enjoy it just as much as the 5 series. But the XJ? Looks fantastic in photos, does not feel fantastic in person, imho and those of the people who were with me at the time and looking to buy a car in this class. Do go touch one, sit in it, play with it, and tell me what you think.

        @yosh - yeah. that's the point of comments. we speak for ourselves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      600 mile range?! Now we're cooking on gas! How long to charge though?

      Could do with upping that top speed by 40 mph though, even at a cost to range.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hehe yes Elle is holding up well for a woman in her 40s :)

      One thing about this headline though: how is it "all electric" if you need to put petrol in it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      not bad
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