Jaguar is allegedly working on a second body style for the next-gen XJ targeted mostly for the Chinese market.

Jaguar is allegedly working on a second body style for the next-gen XJ targeted mostly for the Chinese market.

While the first one will be a follow-up to today's model, the second body style will come without the sloping roof in order to provide more space inside the cabin. Apparently this decision was taken to better meet Chinese demand who prefers more comfort rather than aesthetics. This approach to comfort is confirmed when looking at the numerous long-wheelbase versions of premium sedans the Germans have been launching in the last few years.

There's very little information about the next-gen XJ but it could receive a plug-in hybrid variant judging by the research vehicle presented last year. That car had a turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter engine, a 94 HP (69 kW) electric motor and a lithium-ion 12.3 kWh battery pack. Combined output was 334 HP (246 kW), enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.5 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

It was able to travel on electric power for 25 miles (40 km) and once the range-extending gasoline engine was activated the special XJ returned 73.5 mpg US (88.3 mpg UK or 3.2 liters / 100 km), resulting in a 679 miles (1,092 km) range. These numbers will be improved taking into account the next-gen XJ will probably lose some weight while the hybrid powertrain will receive several tweaks.

It is believed the next-gen XJ will hit the market in 2016. We don't know if the second body style will be exclusive to China or if Jaguar will decide to sell both versions around the world.

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