2009 Jaguar XJ Limo-Green Concept leakEnlarge Photo
Hot on the heels of Fisker's announcement about fuel efficiency for its Karma sedan comes word of a new luxury vehicle from Jaguar that bears a few technological similarities to the Karma. Based on the Jaguar XJ, the new plug-in hybrid/extended-range electric concept has been dubbed the Limo-Green.
Not many specifics have emerged about the Limo-Green, but we do know something about its drivetrain. Created in conjunction with the British government, Caparo, MIRA, and Lotus, the Limo-Green derives power from a lithium-ion battery pack, which runs an electric motor capable of 195 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle has a projected range of about 30 miles per charge, after which an efficient 1.2-liter gas engine from Lotus kicks in to re-power the batteries. (Presumably that's the same Lotus engine that everyone's been talking about, which is set to debut in Frankfurt next week.) In this extended-range mode, the Limo-Green can manage 600 miles of travel per tank, or about 47 miles per U.S. gallon. That's slightly less than the Karma estimates, but as we all know, it's a brave new world when it comes to judging fuel economy. The Limo-Green tops out at around 112mph.
According to Jaguar's Anthony Harper, the Limo-Green will remain a concept vehicle for the moment: "The components aren’t at the right cost or quality yet you would expect of a Jaguar product, but the technology is there." However, the concept is fully functional and is expected to enter rigorous testing during the 2010 calendar year. It could launch as a new vehicle in the Jaguar lineup, or as a variant of the XJ. No word on when that launch might take place, but some suggest it could be as early as 2011. We'll keep you posted.