Jaguar’s upcoming J-Tempo flagship SUV might be one of many first electrified fashions constructed on an all-new Jaguar Land Rover platform, referred to as MLA, and a totally electrical model can be more likely to be made, based on sources.
The J-Tempo is regarded as simply over two years from launch and can arrive across the identical time because the fifth-generation Vary Rover, which may also be constructed on the agency’s MLA platform. The J-Tempo is one among three new ‘mid-height’ Jaguar Land Rover fashions that might be primarily based round electrified powertrains.
The MLA platform, which can underpin all JLR automobiles by 2025, might be all-aluminium and is anticipated to be noticeably lighter than the present D7 and D8 architectures.
One of many technical highlights for the J-Tempo, which can sit above the E-Tempo and F-Tempo in Jaguar’s SUV line-up, might be its electrical motor-driven rear wheels. As with the entire MLA-based plug-in hybrids, the standard, mechanical all-wheel drive is being dropped.
Utilizing an electrical motor on the again axle gives an a variety of benefits. Dropping the mechanical connection to the again wheels, together with the propshaft and energy take-off unit, permits extra room for the battery pack and improves area contained in the cabin by eliminating the normal centre tunnel.
The electrical axle also needs to make for a major enchancment in dealing with and through off-road work. The pace and the exact, controllable nature of the electrical motor’s energy supply ought to enhance on-road dealing with – particularly on corners and poor surfaces – in addition to present very advantageous management of the torque being fed to the rear wheels when driving off-road.
Little has emerged thus far concerning the options provided by the MLA structure, however extra data is anticipated in direction of the tip of this yr as the brand new merchandise get nearer to launch.
The J-Tempo is ready to come back normal as a plug-in hybrid, with a turbocharged model of the not too long ago introduced Ingenium straight-six engine anticipated to be the mainstream powertrain.
There’s no official information on the electric-only vary of the J-Tempo plug-in hybrid, however round 80km in beneficial circumstances would be the minimal goal. As JLR outlined final yr in an investor presentation, it believes new automobile patrons stay sceptical about pure-battery automobiles, so offering a battery that permits emission-free driving for shorter metropolis journeys might be the most effective compromise.
Jaguar Land Rover predicts that simply 20 % of recent automobile gross sales might be of pure EVs by 2025, which is why the flexibility of the MLA platform for use with standard petrol/ diesel, plug-in and pure EV powertrains is important to safeguarding the corporate’s future. Nonetheless, predicting the diploma by which the market will swing in direction of electrification is at the moment eluding practically everybody within the auto business.
Jaguar tends to not preview new fashions with idea vehicles and has given little away concerning the J-Tempo’s styling. It’s, nevertheless, more likely to construct on the distinctive look of the electrical I-Tempo, which has offered a much-need recent path for the Jaguar aesthetic.
Just like the not too long ago facelifted XE, the J-Tempo’s inside will characteristic OLED screens meant to lift the perceived high quality of the cabin as a way to rival these of flagship German crossovers.
The J-Tempo is anticipated to be round four.9 metres lengthy, and its flat ground ought to assist it ship spectacular inside area with a wholesome boot quantity of no less than 650 litres. Nonetheless, its anticipated decrease roofline signifies that it gained’t be as ethereal its Vary Rover sister.
As Audi engineers have beforehand defined with the design of the e-tron SUV, an excessive amount of consideration must be paid to minimising an EV’s frontal space and decreasing general drag as a way to maximise its battery vary.
Like all automobile makers, Jaguar Land Rover should considerably scale back its fleet-average gas consumption and emissions figures over the subsequent decade, on account of more and more powerful EU targets between now and 2030.
In line with an investor’s presentation final yr, the brand new mid-height mannequin line-up will include two Jaguars and one Vary Rover. It’s thought that the Vary Rover mannequin would be the new ‘Highway Rover’ and that the opposite is more likely to be a Jaguar street automobile – most likely a pure EV substitute for the ageing XJ limousine, as beforehand uncovered by our sister publication, Autocar UK.
Final yr’s presentation additionally urged that 4 SUVs – Vary Rover, Vary Rover Sport, new Defender and Discovery Mk6 – might be constructed utilizing the ‘excessive rise’ model of the platform. There might be seven fashions primarily based on the ‘low rise’ MLA, probably together with the subsequent F-Tempo and Velar, in addition to the Discovery Sport and Evoque and – presumably – two Jaguar sedans.