Jaguar Denies It; But Report Indicates The J-Pace Will Arrive In 2019
No matter how much Jaguar denies the existence of a new crossover being developed to slot in above the upcoming F-Pace, the rumors keep on coming. Unlike previous reports, the latest rumblings on the proposed J-Pace crossover cast a little doubt to Ian Callum’s “categorically, no” response when asked about a larger Jaguar SUV or crossover.
Callum’s statement was in regards to a three-row Jaguar not happening because it wouldn’t be sporty enough. If this latest report from CAR is true, Jaguar’s team has either figured out how to get a three-row crossover to be sporty, or the big crossover won’t have three rows. The latter would be somewhat disappointing since the big Jag will reportedly share a platform with the Range Rover, and offering a third row would be an excellent way to keep these two SUVs from stepping on each other’s toes.
One way it seems that Jaguar SUVs will differentiate its crossovers from Land Rover or other competitors is by making them more performance-oriented than the go-anywhere Land Rover models. The report says that the J-Pace will be offered with two wheelbase options as well as a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and even a high-performance model. Unlike the four-wheel-drive Range Rover, the J-Pace will most likely come standard with rear-wheel drive.
The J-Pace seems to have evolved from the idea of Jaguar growing the lineup of its XJ sedan. A coupe, convertible and shooting brake were all said to have been considered, but it sounds like a J-Pace makes more sense financially following the launch of the F-Pace and the redesign of the XJ in 2018.
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Why it matters
Although the idea of an expanded XJ lineup would have been pretty cool, luxury crossovers and SUVs are where the money is these days. The market for big luxury SUVs is gaining in popularity with the updated and renamed Mercedes GLS-Class being joined by the Audi Q8 and BMW X7, so the addition of a larger Jaguar crossover definitely makes sense… despite the denials coming from Jaguar.
Read our speculative review of the F-Pace here.