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A new Jaguar XJ is un­der de­vel­op­ment, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth con­firmed for the first time at the Paris mo­tor show.

The fu­ture of the car is be­lieved to have been hotly de­bated by Jaguar, as it has strug­gled for sales along­side ri­vals such as the Mercedesbenz S-class, BMW 7 Se­ries and Audi A8.

How­ever, ex­ec­u­tives are now un­der­stood to have signed off the car’s de­sign, with sources con­tin­u­ing to im­ply that Au­to­car’s scoop ear­lier this month, which sug­gested it will be rein­vented as a purely elec­tric sa­loon, is ac­cu­rate.

“As far as XJ is con­cerned, a flag­ship is a flag­ship and you can be as­sured that our de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing teams are al­ready at work on some un­be­liev­able so­lu­tions for it. For now, all I can say is: watch this space. But it is com­ing,” said Speth.

“Jaguar has al­ways had a very clear line-up and now we have two well-de­fined sedan and Pace pil­lars. We want to show con­ti­nu­ity. It is cru­cial to grow­ing the brand be­cause ev­ery time we want to grow, we need to at­tract new cus­tomers, and we can­not give them away again.”

Next XJ is ex­pected to be a lux­u­ri­ous elec­tric-only sa­loon IM­AGE

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