Panthera: Jaguar To Get Bespoke EV Platform Says CEO
In a recent interview, CEO Thierry Bolloré has confirmed that Jaguar will get its own EV platform under the companies innovative electrification plan.
The 2022 Jaguar I-Pace prowling a quaint countryside © Credit to Jaguar
Jaguar is ramping up its electric efforts once more, this time with an “absolutely bespoke” platform to be used on future green vehicles.
This announcement was confirmed by JLR CEO Thierry Bolloré when speaking to Autocar. The platform will be known as ‘Panthera,’ and will look to give all future EVs coming out of the Jaguar camp a very distinctive feel in terms of proportions.
We know that six new electric Jags are on the way, with the car brand’s Reimagine strategy revealing that while the electric Jaguar XJ may be cancelled, there would be more to come.
Jaguar wants the first to drop in 2025, with 100% electric sales by 2030.
The I-Pace SUV and ‘Road Rover’ from Land Rover are both expected to be a part of these plans, but nothing has been formally announced just yet.
Would they scrap plans for these vehicles? Your guess is as good as ours, given these vehicles are reportedly build on JLR’s Modular Longitudinal Architecture (MLA) platform, a platform that the Jaguar XJ was supposed to be on.
Reports of the brand not having an EV platform on lock go back to last summer. Jaguar was on the hunt for something “easy to change in size as necessary.”
If Bolloré’s comments are legit, then the brand might have found its ideal base.
For reference, the Jaguar I-Pace SUV is still the only electric model out at the moment from the British automaker. Recently, Jaguar added a bunch of additional upgrades to the vehicle.
Amazon Alexa now comes with the EV as standard (the first Jaguar to do this fully). Other additions include a new Premium Black styling pack, and a new Ostuni White metallic paint finish for those looking to ride around in style.
Exclusive platforms only help define these vehicles. The platform will no doubt reaffirm Jaguar’s luxury position, but what do you think of all this? Leave a comment down below.