Jaguar Land Rover will not develop brand new models using the MLA platform, reports Automotive News Europe. Officially, the move has led to the cancellation of the all-new Jaguar XJ electric sedan. Unofficially, the Road Rover and Jaguar J-Pace electric SUVs are among the future projects axed because of the decision.
Media reports were rife of the existence of the Jaguar J-Pace until early this year. Word on the European media was that this model was Jaguar’s answer to the Tesla Model X, and the BMW iX and the Mercedes EQE SUV that hit the markets next year.
MLA platform to spawn new Range Rover & Range Rover Sport
The MLA platform will underpin two next generation models, namely the 2022 Range Rover and the 2023 Range Rover Sport. 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 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. Prices were expected to start in the range of $80,000-85,000.
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