Jaguar’s Plans for a J-Pace Flagship SUV are Taking Shape as Ian Callum Takes Aim at the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes GLS
Jaguar’s plan to launch a bigger SUV to sit above the F-Pace is taking shape. A new report from Autocar reveals that there’s more to the rumor than what we previously thought. Apparently, the model already has a yet-to-be-confirmed name — J-Pace — and a tentative launch timetable of 2021. Once it’s out, the model is expected to sit above the F-Pace and serve as Jag’s flagship SUV.
Jaguar may have two more crossovers hitting the market by 2020. These two crossovers will flank the upcoming F-Pace in size – one smaller and one larger.
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.
Continue reading to learn more about these two SUVs.
Note: 2016 F-Pace Rendering pictured here.