Jaguar XJ Replacement Confirmed, Will Be Available in Hybrid Versions

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Jaguar officials have confirmed a replacement for the XJ after months of rumors that showed the possibility of making an SUV instead of a saloon for the brand's flagship model.
The news comes from Jaguar's chief designer, Ian Callum, who referred to the upcoming XJ as an important part of the company's future.

The new XJ will be the flagship model of the British brand, and the F-Type will be the other pillar in the company's lineup. Sales will be supplemented by volume models like the XE and F-Pace, and the XF will fill-in the gaps.

As Callum describes the XJ, the new sedan will be a car that will act as the “bookend for the brand,” Autocar reports. The chief designer of the British brand refers to a flagship model that will indulge customers with technologies, design, and features.

The most important thing the next XJ will do is show the brand's new design language, hopefully, penned by the talented Ian Callum.

The 2019 Jaguar XJ will first be shown as a concept in 2018, and then it will come to market in the following year. The model is supposed to be available in hybrid versions.

Furthermore, the new XJ will feature autonomous driving technologies. Jaguar officials have refrained from announcing that the upcoming XJ will be able to drive itself without human assistance, but the road tests the company has begun this year prove otherwise. After all, technologies like these usually get introduced in the flagship model, so there is no reason not to expect the 2019 XJ to feature this kind of tech.

Regarding the hybrid version of the XJ, these were in discussion for some time now, as the British brand is working to reduce its CO2 average. Since all the other models in the segment have hybrid versions, it would have been to the detriment of the brand to miss out on this niche.

By 2019, flagship hybrid sedans might be more than just a niche, as customers might be more and more Eco-conscious by that time. Furthermore, some government incentives might favor buyers of this kind of vehicle, so even clients of flagship sedans could turn to hybrids.
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