Arguably one of the most important new models to come out of Gaydon next year, the reborn XJ will continue Jaguar’s journey towards electrification and provide a direct rival to the Tesla Model S at the premium end of the saloon spectrum.
Likely to prioritise comfort and driving dynamics over outright pace, the new XJ will share styling elements with the I-Pace electric SUV.
The S-Class of electric cars, as Mercedes-Benz is pitching it, won’t arrive with UK customers until the second half of 2021, but it promises to be a tech-laden limousine capable of keeping pace with the Porsche Taycan when it does. Production will take place alongside the S-Class at the company’s Sindelfingen factory in Germany.
An AMG performance version is also expected to arrive the following year with as much as 600bhp.
Tesla Model S Plaid
Long promised by Tesla boss Elon Musk, the Model S Plaid will go into production in the latter half of 2021 and challenge Porsche’s Taycan Turbo S for the electric performance saloon crown. It will use three motors to produce around 1100bhp and is capable of 0-60mph in less than 2.0sec. Top speed is expected to be 200mph, with Tesla claiming it will be the most powerful and quickest-accelerating production car in the world.
The Plaid (named as a nod to Mel Brooks’ comedy classic Spaceballs) will also gain a larger battery, allowing for as much as 520 miles of driving range on a single charge. Pre-orders are being accepted now, with UK prices starting from £130,980, and deliveries expected before the end of 2021.
Tesla Model Y
Deliveries of Tesla’s compact SUV began in North America in mid-2020, but it isn’t expected to arrive in the UK until the tail end of 2021 at the earliest. The much-in-demand SUV will arrive with the option to add a third row – which could make it the go-to EV for large families. It shares a platform and powertrain with the Model 3 saloon, which will hopefully speed up Tesla’s ability to deliver cars on time.
A more advanced version of the company’s ‘supercomputer’ semi-autonomous driving system is also predicted, as is a more potent Performance variant.