Jaguar XJ PHEV

Jaguar XJ PHEV

The answers to questions we'd never ask have arrived courtesy of Automotive News.

Questions such as:

Q: Jaguar-Land-Rover will launch more hybrids as well as its first plug-in hybrids. When will we see them?

To which Wolfgang Ziebart, 64, head of product development for Jaguar Land Rover, answers:

A: We can't talk about specific dates, but you can expect progress along the route we started with the current hybrid electric. The share of electric power will increase, and the combustion will be downsized so that you have more opportunity to drive electrically.

Then this question was asked:

Q: Will you go full electric with any vehicle?

To which Ziebart answers:

A: The market is in two areas. The first one being inner-city urban transportation. That's less a market for us. The second is as a second or third car for a wealthy family. This is more a market for us. Here we see some Range Rover owners or owners of high-end Jaguars as potentially being attracted to electric vehicles.

If it's a second or third car then it's usually smaller, right?

The Tesla is not a small vehicle. It's XJ size. Europe would like to have an electric car that is small, like the BMW i3 or below -- whereas the U.S. and China would prefer a larger car, and the Tesla direction clearly shows this.

So, perhaps Jaguar will do a pure electric, small city car for Europe and something more Tesla Model S size for China and the U.S.?  Ziebart is rather vague in delivering his answers, so we still aren't sure what to expect in terms of production plug-in vehicle from Jaguar-Land-Rover, but at least the automaker admits to showing interest in this growing segment.

Source: Automotive News

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