Production of the current-generation Jaguar XJ will end on July 5 at the companys Castle Bromwich factory in Birmingham, England.

A spokesperson confirmed the flagship sedans demise to Jalopnik, but added Jaguar will "continue the XJ nameplate and will use its renowned engineering capability and technological innovation to ensure its longevity".

The current XJ was revealed back in 2009, and marked the end of the models retro styling era. Roughly 120,000 current-generation sedans were produced over its nine-year production period.

Autocar understands the next-generation XJ will be revealed in 2020 and is said to be an electric-only model.

Jaguar reportedly hopes to get a jump on its German competitors by switching its flagship sedan to electric propulsion.

Armed with a new five-door fastback-style body, the XJ will not only take aim at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, but also the upcoming Porsche Taycan and, by extension, the Tesla Model S.

The company has yet to go on the record to confirm these plans. Its not known how much the XJ will share with the companys first all-electric model, the I-Pace crossover.

Source: Drive

May 31, 2019