It was posted up here awhile back that JLR would be sending home hundreds of workers in various facilities over the holidays do to lower production numbers. It now seems like the automaker will be cutting upwards of 5,000 employees in the UK as they attempt to implement a new savings plan. https://www.ft.com/content/c4f06f8e-...f-99e208d3e521
Still less than what we are seeing with GM, and proof that they aren't the only automaker who is struggling to maintain profitability. The smart play here would be bigger investments into electrification and autonomous tech.
Some publications were suggesting that Tata was considering dropping JLR, but its been confirmed that's not the case. They do need to overhaul their lineup and make some adjustments to equipment packages.
With the pricing we are seeing on newer Jag models like the XF Sportbrake, I have some concerns over what a hybrid would entail. The last thing they need is more expensive variants.
If the low-to-mid $40k range is too much for you, forget it. That's $10k more than a base XE and comparable to the BMW 330e. Oh, and BMW is preparing yet another 330e for 2019, so the demand is around.
BMW unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show its all-new 3 Series Sedan (ICE), which will hit the market on March 9, 2019. At first, there will be available only conventional versions (320i, 330i, 318d, 320d, 320xDrive and 330d), but the new 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid should be ready in summer 2019 (in the U.S. in 2020).
According to BMW, the new 330e will be able to drive up to 60 km (37 miles) in all-electric mode, which is a third more than the current version. Because the current version is rated by EPA at 14 miles (22.5 km) on 7.6 kWh battery, we assume that the new version will be rated at maybe 19 miles (30 km).
System output to be 185 kW (215 kW with a boost) and 0-100 km/h (62 mph) will take about 6.0 seconds, which sounds the same as the current generation.