Jaguar J-Pace project terminated; JLR says no EVs on MLA platform

Jaguar Land Rover will no longer develop any new models based on the MLA platform, reports Automotive News Europe. Officially, the move has led to the cancellation of the all-new Jaguar XJ electric sedan launch. Unofficially, the rumored Range Rover Road Rover and Jaguar J-Pace electric SUVs are also likely to have been among the future projects axed because of the decision.

Officially, the Jaguar J-Pace has never existed, but reports were rife of its existence until early this year. Word out from the European media was that this model was going to be Jaguar’s answer to the Tesla Model X, and the BMW iX and the Mercedes EQE SUV that hit the markets next year.

The MLA platform will underpin only two new models now, namely the next-gen Range Rover and the next-gen Range Rover Sport. The cancellation of the various MLA platform-based models is costing JLR £1 billion ($1.4 billion), CFO Adrian Mardell told analysts recently. However, the company is willing to bear that loss for the greater good, which would be the implementation of its Reimagine strategy, with which it expects to become net cash positive by 2025.

The Jaguar J-Pace was expected to feature design elements and proportions similar to the Jaguar I-Pace and measure similar to the F-Pace, which is 186.89 in. long, 81.54 in. wide and 65.51 in. tall. Like the Jaguar I-Pace, it could have come in only AWD.

The MLA platform can reportedly allow packaging EVs with battery packs as large as 100 kWh. This could have made achieving a range of around 300 miles in Europe’s WLTP test procedure fairly easy. The EPA-certified range was expected to be between 250 and 300 miles, though. Prices were expected to start somewhere in the range of $80,000-85,000.

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