Land Rover Confirms Range Rover EV, But Delayed Along With Jaguar XJ
Discussions about a fully electric Range Rover started as early as last year, with speculation after the discovery of a patent filing for the Road Rover name. The report wasn’t too far-fetched, however, as Jaguar and Land Rover have both been busy adding electric motors to their cars – a simultaneous push towards electrification (and better emissions).
While a late 2021 start for fully electric models was reported earlier this year, a new report from the UK Coach says the opposite.
According to the publication, which obtained a transcript of a conference call between JLR and its investors, the company’s chief financial officer, Adrian Mardell, said the Range Rover EV and electric Jaguar XJ would be unveiled in October and November. This flies in the face of previous reports of the 2021 debut, though still delayed as the planned launches were supposed to take place in August and September.
The cause of the delay is quite obvious – the coronavirus pandemic. The delay was unrelated to engineering and production work, however, as operations were not hampered during the lockdown. Much of the delay was due to spending cuts employed by the company, according to Mardell.
The Jaguar XJ and Range Rover EV (which may have a new name) will be based on Jaguar’s all-new MLA platform. The electric Range Rover is believed to be lower than its fuel-powered siblings, somewhat resembling a wagon rather than an SUV. You can see our speculative rendering through the gallery above.
Whether this report is true or not, we’ll find out in a few weeks as October approaches. And of course, we’ll have an ear on the ground to catch the latest developments and deliver them to you.