Jaguar XJ_e plug-in hybrid tries to replace a V8 with a 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain

Article by Christian A., on June 29, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Jaguar XJ_e plug-in hybrid, the first hybrid research vehicle developed by the British company now owned by India’s Tata Motors. Just like the Range_e, the Jaguar XJ_e plug-in hybrid is powered by a fuel-efficient 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine (borrowed from the Range Rover Evoque) mated to a hybridised 8-speed automatic transmission.

Moreover, we find a 69kW motor/generator and a 12.8kWh Lithium Ion battery pack which can be fully charged using a 240V domestic supply in around four hours.

Using just the battery, the vehicle has a range of 40km (25 miles). The hybrid system delivers a total output of 334PS and has a fuel consumption of just 3.2l/100km (87mpg) translates into a maximum range of 1092 km (679 miles) on a full tank of fuel.

In terms of performance, the XJ_e plug-in hybrid is fast as it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 6.5 seconds and has a limited top speed of 250km/h (150mph).

According to the official press release, the Jaguar XJ_e plug-in hybrid investigates how the 5.0-litre V8 engine can be replaced by an advanced 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain. For those who don’t know, Jaguar already replaced the 5.0-liter V8 engine on the 2013 XJ with a supercharged V6.

The first XJ was the final car made by Sir William Lyons, Jaguar founder. Presently, the sleek and charming XJ is truly innovative. The XJ is indeed a car of sophistication and is the most concrete proof yet of the primary sense of purpose that makes the vision for the future Jaguar, according to Ian Callum, the brand's design director.

The totally different panoramic glass ceiling allows in a generous amount of light to the cabin, providing a deep sense of space and occasion for all occupants and also keeping the elegant coupé-like design and built for which Jaguars are so popular.

Lightweight design

The mold-breaking design is matched by equally stunning manufacturing techniques that make up Jaguar's signature. The lightweight aluminum body - half of which is built from recycled parts - provides better fuel consumption and decreased emissions. As a result, the XJ contributes to the brand’s aim to reduce its carbon footprint.

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