Jaguar plots hybrid XJ

The Jaguar XJ_e uses electric energy to bolster the luxury saloon’s green credentials as the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Jaguar has not revealed plans to put the XJ_e on sale but it shows the British-based brand is considering alternative fuel in its future model range.

Jaguar says a 2.0-litre petrol engine coupled with electric motors could replace a 5.0-litre V8 engine and offer up to 25 miles using electric power alone.

The rest of the time will mean CO2 emissions of 75g/km – enough to comfortably qualify for zero road tax. IT also delivers 87mpg, according to Jaguar’s estimations, and can travel up to 679 miles on one tank of fuel.

Bob Joyce, Engineering Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The XJ_e investigates how a 5.0-litre V8 engine could be replaced by an advanced 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain to deliver similar performance and refinement, but with CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km.

“While the XJ_e is an experimental project, it highlights that JLR customers can expect some exciting low-carbon products in the future.”

A plug-in hybrid car differs from a standard hybrid because it also comes with a charging point. This means it can run on purely electric power for short distances.

This is especially helpful for short, city drives, where fuel can be saved by using the cheaper electric energy.

According to Jaguar: “The parallel hybrid design means that the XJ_e can run on petrol power, electric power, or a combination of the two, optimised by the car’s intelligent energy management system which selects the most efficient mode.”

The Jaguar XJ_e is not available to buy but standard versions of the luxury Jaguar saloon are on sale at Perrys Jaguar of Huddersfield from £55,525.