The next-generation Jaguar XJ has reportedly been given the go-ahead by the board of the British luxury car maker.

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Sources have told Autocar that the replacement for the current car, which was launched in 2009, has been approved. According to these informants, replacing the XJ wasn't a certainty.

Some inside the company thought a new car couldn't be justified given that the company sells around 20,000 XJs annually, a drop in the ocean compared to the 125,000 or so S-Class models that Mercedes-Benz found buyers for in 2015.

Others pushed for a super-luxury SUV to take the XJ's place in the range. In the end, the success of the S-Class and the argument that the brand needed an "indulgent car" to serve as its halo vehicle won out.

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Above: The current-generation Jaguar XJ

It's understood that the next-generation XJ will use a modified version of the aluminium D7a or iQ-Al platform that underpins the XE, XF and F-Pace. For the XJ, the aluminium structure will be augmented with carbonfibre to help shed even more kilos and improve rigidity.

Motivation will reportedly come courtesy of a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that utilises the Ingenium V6 engine that's current under development at Jaguar Land Rover.

The next-generation XJ will also debut a new design direction for the luxury brand. The company is said to be working on a radical interior design concept and autonomous driving technology for the car.

If all goes according to plan, the company will show off a preview concept in 2018 and follow that up with the XJ's global debut in 2019.