Jaguar Ends Gas-Powered Era, Embraces Hybrid and Electric Future

Jaguar will look to hybrid and electric models for the future. The final of the internal-combustion-only models rolled off the line recently.

The Jaguar brand is one of the most significant luxury names in the British automotive world. This brand has been around for decades, building incredible cars that have won the hearts of many. One Jaguar was attractive enough to be admired by none other than Enzo Ferrari. As the final gas-powered Jaguar rolls off the line, it signals the end of an era and the beginning of a new world for the lauded British automaker.

What is the final Jaguar model?

Jaguar builds cars in a location called Castle Bromwich, which makes it sound like a medieval fortress. The last model that won’t use any form of electrification is a Jaguar XE sedan finished in the classic dark green paint that became a signature color from this brand. The final production took place on Wednesday, May 22. Prior to this XE sedan crossing into the world, an XF large sedan and F-Type sports car also finished production. All three of these Jaguar cars used only internal combustion engines and were the final three vehicles made at this factory that used to build World War II airplanes.

Wait, are then XE and XF cheating a bit?

The XE and XF sedans have a little help from electricity, but nothing that makes them electric-drive vehicles. Both sedans have been offered with a mild-hybrid system in the past few years, but that doesn’t mean they have an electric drive at the wheels. The F-Type is a pure internal combustion sports car with monstrous power and performance. Mild-hybrid vehicles could be considered cheating a bit, but the point is these three cars are the final gas-only models from this Jaguar plant.

Will Jaguar continue to have any ICE models?

Jaguar has other plants in Europe, and those plants build some of the SUVs. For now, the E-Pace and F-Pace SUVs will continue to have ICE variants. The E-Pace is built in Graz, Austria, and the F-Pace in Solihull, UK. Both of these SUVs will end gas-only production later in 2024, which will officially end all gas-powered vehicles for the brand.

The electric I-Pace SUV will also end production in 2024, which is a bit of a mystery, but it may be time for Jaguar to move on from the I-Pace and its platform.

New models coming soon

Jaguar is utilizing a strategy it calls “Reimagine” and that strategy will include at least nine new electrified vehicles. These models will launch starting in 2025 through 2030 with the highest-priced models coming near the end of the decade.

New electric platforms will be used for these upcoming models. Many of these platforms will come from the Chinese automaker Chery, which has ties with Jaguar. This should give Jaguar the tech and forward posting required to be more successful in the electric vehicle market.

A new Jaguar Electric Architecture is coming

Like many other automakers, Jaguar will utilize a modular electric architecture that underpins a new electric four-door GT sports car, SUV, and a large sedan. This new architecture should bring Jaguar into the new world to give consumers electrified vehicles they can admire and enjoy.

The Castle Bromwich factory won’t be shut down but will be retooled to produce body panels for electric vehicles. Some of the new Jaguar models will likely be built in China, alongside Chery, but the brand also intends to build electric vehicles at the Nitra, Slovakia plant. Additionally, Jaguar will overhaul the Solihull and Halewood plants in the UK to build electric vehicles while also retooling the Whitley plant to build electric powertrains.

Will these changes impact Land Rover vehicles?

Land Rover is part of the Jaguar family, but that doesn’t mean changes to the Land Rover vehicles are coming. Instead, the Land Rover and Range Rover SUVs will continue to use V8 gas-powered for the foreseeable future.

If you’re wondering whether or not there should be enough Jaguar models to meet current demands; there should be. Jaguar is banking on its current stock of gas-powered vehicles to carry the brand to the new generation of electric vehicles that will arrive in 2025. Production should increase to ensure that the vehicle supply is ample to meet customer demands going forward.

Jaguar is going all-electric, and the final gas-only models will be coming off the lines at various plants this year. Will an electric future bring Jaguar to the forefront of luxury driving?

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