Jaguar Looking Into Two Crossovers by 2020
The larger of the two will be the J-Pace, which will take aim at the Audi Q8, BMW X7, and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. This larger, seven-seat crossover will use the same aluminum architecture as the updated Land Rover Range Rover. The J-Pace should also use the same engines as the Range Rover, meaning a series of V-6 and V-8 engines in various states of tune, plus a plug-in hybrid version.
The E-Pace will likely takes most of its bones from the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and 2016 Discovery Sport. This means that the E-Pace will ride on the D8 architecture, making it a very scalable model in terms of size and drivetrains.
The report from Automobile Magazine speculates that this D8 architecture may make the E-Pace too similar to both the Disco Sport and the Evoque, so it may scale it down even further to compete with the likes of the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
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Note: 2016 F-Pace Rendering pictured here.
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Why it Matters
Like all smaller automakers, Jaguar needs to pay close attention to consumer demands and answer them sooner rather than later. The crossover market is the latest craze, and Jag is apparently diving in head first with the two new crossovers. The E-Pace will touch on the quickly growing subcompact crossover range (AKA lifted hatchbacks), and the J-Type will keep up with the already established large crossover realm.
What’s more, given Land Rover and Jaguar will share platforms, this should help spread the development costs, which will help make these models very profitable. Unfortunately, there is a good bit of time between now and 2020, Land Rover may be a little too late to really make a huge impact.
Source: Automobile Magazine