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JAGUAR LAND ROVER: KEY QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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What will happen to the Jaguar range?

Jaguar is heading for a total rethink, to become an Ev-only brand by 2025. Under the new Reimagine plan, there appears to be a recognitio­n that Land Rover is the one that does classic SUVS, while Jaguar must devise “a dramatical­ly new portfolio of emotionall­y engaging designs” that doesn’t clash with the financiall­y more successful Land Rover.

Does that mean Jaguar’s XE and XF saloons are goners too?

Bolloré won’t confirm that – but he won’t deny it, either. He says he wants the rethink of Jaguar to be so free that he’s not prepared to say anything that might place a limit on what happens next.

So he didn’t confirm an electric F-type?

No, he didn’t, although he did say that the subject of EV sports cars was recognised as an extremely important question, which he and his colleagues were “considerin­g carefully”.

What about the Jaguar E-pace, a successful seller that’s made in Graz, Austria, by Magna Steyr?

No specifics were given, but the suggestion that Jaguars will be Ev-only by 2025 and that the future range will place a lot less stress on SUVS certainly seems to limit its prospects.

Was there an existing Jaguar that Thierry Bolloré did like? He’s a big enthusiast of the pioneering I-pace EV, which has admittedly been labelled an SUV but is really a crossover. He drives and enjoys one and told his audience the car had a lot of potential. He believes it could be made “better and better”.

What about reports that a bigger car group could buy a stake in JLR?

There was no mention of that, though Bolloré did talk enthusiast­ically about co-operative deals with other companies, referring favourably to the one over engines and electric drive units with BMW. He referred often in his presentati­on to the boldness and power of the Tata Group as if to stress – albeit without saying so in so many words – that it would continue to be JLR’S guiding light.

How direct is JLR’S future commitment to hydrogen fuel cell power?

Pretty direct, which was surprising given that Volkswagen’s Herbert Diess more or less dismissed its prospects for cars a few days ago. Bolloré’s presentati­on referred to being prepared for “the expected adoption of clean fuel-cell power”.

Castle Bromwich isn’t closing but it won’t make the XJ allelectri­c saloon and offshoots (the Road Rover and J-pace SUV). So what will it do?

That was a bit hazy, but Bolloré talked about sweeping up a lot of small JLR offshoot businesses around the Midlands and centring them there. The recently purchased Bowler performanc­e 4x4 outfit could go there, for instance.

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