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News Jaguar Land Rover to build 3 electric cars starting with the XJ

Jaguar Land Rover to build 3 electric cars starting with the XJ

3 new electric Jaguar Land Rover models will make their way into the lineup soon, one of them was confirmed to be an XJ sedan.

Earlier this month, Britain’s biggest automotive manufacturer, talked about a new modular platform for EVs. The announcement was made during the investor day.

The new platform called Modular Longitudinal Architecture, or MLA, will be shared, for now, with three new models. One of them will be an EV version of the Jaguar XJ luxury sedan, while another is supposed to be a new Range Rover to be launched in 2021.

The Sunday Times now reports that the automaker will build this new all-electric XJ and the other vehicles based on the platform at Castle Bromwich factory in Birmingham. An announcement is supposed to be made this week.

According to Automotive News, the MLA was launching the electric-capable modular platform on “large SUV and a large premium sedan”. It will also be able to accommodate not only a pure electric configuration but also plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid drivetrains.

Nick Rogers, head of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover said about the new Modular Longitudinal Architecture: “[will help to] drive margin improvement driven by new products and cost improvements.”

The MLA will feature a 90.2kWh battery that will give the car a range of about 470 km (292 miles).

With the purely electric version of the Jaguar XJ, the British automaker will rival the Tesla Model S, the upcoming Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT.

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