Jaguar plans on showcasing the XJ e hybrid
|   Thursday, January 10, 2013
The luxurious Jaguar XJ e hybrid is the most fuel efficient sedan from Jaguar till date. The vehicle was taken for the Future Car Challenge which is a 63 mile economy road test that was set up between London and Brighton. Jaguar had entered three cars and six drivers in the competition and the episode was partly financed by the Government aided Technology Strategy Board.

The drivers had to test the mettle of their car while testing their patience and driving skill and the Jaguar XJ e hybrid managed to win the most fuel efficient car challenge.
The team of expert engineers employed at Jaguar won the merit award by the Technical Panel's Association. The vehicle officially returned 87 MPG while emitting just 75 g/km. This is what the buyers will get to experience on buying the most efficient jaguar ever.

The Jaguar XJ e hybrid is set to be made available in most countries and their service backup will be greater than Porsche or other car makers. Porsche does have the Panamera and Cayenne hybrid vehicles but they are quite pricey and Porsche dealerships and service network is not as organized as that of Jaguar. As a result the XJ e hybrid will not face a great competition in the market at least for now.

Although the XJ e hybrid is quite a great performer, exterior wise, it does not look much different from the basic XJ. Under the hood is a 2.0 liter petrol engine from the Range Rover Evoque and mated to a hybridized transmission system, similar to the ZF transmission system. The electric motor has been kept between the clutches and a 12.3 kWh battery has been fixed below the boot space at the rear.

When fully charged, the battery can power the car till 25 miles, post which the petrol engine drives the vehicle. However, dedicated braking is an important task and regenerative braking needs to be done to save energy and fuel. The vehicle is extremely smooth and refined and the XJ e hybrid does not feel or drives like other hybrids on the road.

However, Jaguar has not completed work on the XJ e hybrid and as a result the vehicle will not be out on the road till the end of 2013. Jaguar is planning on a fuel efficient Range Rover and the company is working to make that a reality. Therefore, even if people want to buy the XJ e hybrid, they cannot.

The Jaguar XJ is a very reliable and fuel efficient ride and a hybrid will arrive eventually. However, the time has not arrived yet. Jaguar will showcase the XJ e hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show and that is the only time where the audience will be able to feast their eyes on the vehicle. However, the Range Rover is expected to use the same parts as that of the XJ e hybrid and as a result it should be as fun to drive as the Jaguar. However, this is just a speculation as of the moment.
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