We’ve been hearing rumors for at least the last few months that Jaguar was working on a new extended-range electric vehicle. Up until now, we had expected the eco-friendly hardware to show up in the British brand’s upcoming XJ revision, but a new report from Motor Trend indicates that Ratan Tata, head of the Indian company that owns Jaguar, is putting his weight behind a new two-seat roadster that would likely be known as the XE.
If there’s any truth to these rumors, the new XE would use a Chevy Volt-like plug-in capable extended-range electric powertrain consisting of a small three-cylinder gasoline-powered engine driving a generator to keep the onboard batteries topped up. The new XE would supposedly debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 and production would be decided after judging the success of other overtly green vehicles that hit the market ahead of the show. In addition to the EV model, the XE would also feature Jaguar’s latest 5.0-liter V8 in both standard and supercharged guises.
[Source: Motor Trend]
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