Curtain falls on Jaguar XJ to make way for electric model

Curtain falls on Jaguar XJ to make way for electric model

After nearly 10 years on sale, the current XJ is set to be replaced by a battery-powered model next year.

Jaguar is to stop producing its largest limo, the XJ, in July as it looks ahead to producing an all-electric version.

The current model is a favourite of British politicians, and is frequently the car of choice of the Prime Minister. The current X351 model has been on sale since 2009, when the Jaguar XJ debuted with an all-new aluminium structure.

The British manufacturer has confirmed that the final XJ will roll off the Castle Bromwich production line on July 5 – with more than 120,000 versions produced over the last decade.

A facelifted model went on sale in 2015 with revised styling and a much-improved infotainment system on offer, while 2017 saw the introduction of a powerful XJR model, which produced 567bhp.

And last year Jaguar unveiled the XJ50 – a special edition marking 50 years since the original went on sale in 1968. This features unique XJ50 branding, unique 20-inch alloy wheels and a gloss walnut veneer interior trim.

The firm’s flagship model is available in standard or long wheelbase versions, and it comes with just one engine an offer, a 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which proves a great match for the XJ. Prices start from £62,400, and rise to £83,145 for the range-topping XJ Autobiography.

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While no official confirmations of a replacement XJ have come, it’s strongly thought that the luxury saloon will morph into an all-electric saloon in 2020, and use the same technology that underpins the I-Pace SUV – Jaguar’s first all-electric model. A next-generation model is also expected to move the XJ further upmarket.

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