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Video: Jaguar Teases Upcoming I-Pace Electric SUV With Winter Testing In Sweden

Video: Jaguar Teases Upcoming I-Pace Electric SUV With Winter Testing In Sweden

Look for the big reveal in just a month’s time

Jaguar just dropped an official on-sale date for its upcoming all-electric SUV, the I-Pace. Order books for the electron-driven machine open on March 1st, with a public debut at the Geneva Motor Show just a few days afterwards. To build up the hype, the Cat Badge dropped a quick video of a camo’d out I-Pace doing its thing on an icy handling course in Sweden.

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Watch Out Tesla - the Jaguar XJ Will Go All-Electric in 2019!

Watch Out Tesla - the Jaguar XJ Will Go All-Electric in 2019!

Next-gen XJ will be completely reinvented to adapt to the changing times

The Jaguar XJ has been around since 1968. In that time, it has soldiered on as the company’s resident flagship. Generation after generation of XJs have filled our streets, but a new report claims that Jag is looking to reinvent the next-generation XJ into something it has never been in its 50-year existence: an electric car.

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Jaguar I-Pace Confirmed For 2018 Debut

Jaguar I-Pace Confirmed For 2018 Debut

Jag’s electric future is almost here

It’s been just over a year since Jaguar showed off the I-Pace concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and now the model has been confirmed for a global reveal in the first quarter of 2018. Few details have been released as of the time of this writing, but Jaguar promises the order books will open for full configuration in March, with customers who have clicked the “I Want One” button on Jag’s website getting priority. So far, more than 200 production-level prototypes have allegedly traveled a grand total of 1.5 million miles over 11,000 hours of testing. Jag claims it can deliver long distances from a single charge and will be able to fast charge with “80-percent charge being achievable in a short break.” Full specification and pricing information will be made available in March when the order books officially open. Want to know more?

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Jaguar Gets Racy With The I-Pace eTrophy

Jaguar Gets Racy With The I-Pace eTrophy

Race car look for Jag’s new electric SUV has our curiosities piqued

Imagine for a second what a Jaguar I-Pace will look like if Jaguar decided to turn it into a race car. I suppose it’ll be dripping with active aerodynamics, maybe even get a fancy color with racing stripes and company decals. It’s a good interpretation, except that we won’t have to imagine it because Jaguar actually did it. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Frankfurt-bound I-Pace eTrophy, a prototype version of a racy-looking I-Pace that’s looking to devour the competition, a full-blown racer that will compete exclusively in the newly created I-Pace eTrophy series.

Judging by the way it looks - it’s positively menacing - it’s easy to forget that the I-Pace eTrophy is still an electric car at its roots. The quasi-SUV does have adequate power to justify its billing, thanks in large part to a 90 kWh battery and four electric motors (one on each axle) that combine to produce a total output of 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It’s unclear if the I-Pace eTrophy carries the same power and performance credentials, but if it’s able to perform as well as it looks, I expect the new I-Pace eTrophy support racing series for Formula E to be as exciting as it sounds. At the very least, the sight of seeing 20 of them on a racing grid is more than enough to get me interested in the series.

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2017 Jaguar E-Type Zero

2017 Jaguar E-Type Zero

Instilling the British icon with electric motivation

Back in March of 1961, Jaguar unveiled the E-Type, and it wasn’t long before the world fell in love with its long hoodline, curvaceous hips, and sonorous 3.8-liter six-cylinder soundtrack. Enzo Ferrari, a man with no shortage of good looking metal at his disposal, remarked that it was the “most beautiful car ever made,” and in the more than half century that followed its release, the E-Type has remained a mainstay of automotive splendor for enthusiasts across the globe. These days, the E-Type has served as the basis for a variety of special editions and reimaginings, but now, JLR is taking its iconic two-door into uncharted water. Say hello to the E-Type Zero, an all-electric iteration that promises the same distinctive driving experience as the original, but with no gasoline involved.

Scheduled for presentation at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest on September 8th, the E-Type Zero was restored and converted by Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, which, JLR points out, isn’t far from “where the [original] E-Type was born.” Based on a 1.5 Series Roadster from 1968, the Zero is an almost completely all-original spec, except for the powertrain, obviously. “Our aim with E-Type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership,” says Tim Hanning, Director at Jaguar Land Rover Classic. “We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.” That’s right, folks – a production iteration could be in the works. Read on for the details.

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2019 Jaguar I-Pace

2019 Jaguar I-Pace

The company’s first all-electric vehicle is almost here

Jaguar entered a new era in 2013 when it launched the F-Type and regained the sporty and innovative spirit it had lost in recent decades. The British company made another big step into the future in 2015, when the F-Pace became the first SUV to wear the "Cat" logo. In 2016, Jaguar unveiled yet another crossover, this time around in the shape of an all-electric crossover. Dubbed I-Pace, it previewed the company’s first-ever battery-powered production model. Come 2017, and the I-Pace is getting ready to make its public debut with camouflaged prototypes being tested on public roads.

Unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the I-Pace was loosely based on the F-Pace styling-wise but ditched Jaguar’s already familiar four-cylinder, V-6, and V-8 powerplants for a pair of electric motors and a battery pack. Described as a smart five-seater that’s "a performance car, a family car, and an SUV all in one," the I-Pace is Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle and essentially bring to fruition the electrification process that the company began back in 2010 with the C-X75 concept. What’s it all about? Let’s find out in the speculative review below.

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2016 Jaguar I-Pace Concept

2016 Jaguar I-Pace Concept

Previews Jaguar’s first electric vehicle and a competitor for the Tesla Model X

Jaguar entered a new era in 2013, when it launched the F-Type and revived the sporty and innovative spirit it had lost in recent decades. The British company made another step into the future in 2015, when the F-Pace became the first SUV to wear the iconic "Cat" logo. Come 2016 and Jaguar is ready to take a new step into the future, this time with an all-electric vehicle. It’s called the I-Pace, it’s only a concept for now, but will become a production model for the 2018 model year.

Unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the I-Pace is loosely based on the F-Pace styling-wise, but ditches Jaguar’s already familiar four-cylinder, V-6, and V-8 powerplants for a pair of electric motors and a battery pack. The I-Pace will become Jaguar’s first-ever electric vehicle when it hits public roads and will essentially bring to fruition the electrification process that the company began back in 2010 with the C-X75 concept.

The I-Pace was created and developed by Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director and the man who has previously penned cars such as the Aston Martin DB7 and DB9, Jaguar XK, XF, and XJ, as well as the F-Type sports car. Callum also designed the Ford RS200 and Nissan R390 race cars.

Described as a smart five-seater that’s "a performance car, a family car, and an SUV all in one," the I-Pace grants Jaguar entry to the electric car segment, and if performance figures are any indication, the popular Tesla Model X will finally get a worthy competitor.

Updated 03/15/2017: Jaguar dropped a series of new images showing the I-Pace concept in action on the streets of London. Also the company confirmed that the I-Pace will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds and will have a driving range of about 500 kilometers.

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2020 Jaguar I-Pace SVR

2020 Jaguar I-Pace SVR

It’s the electric SUV you’ll really want!

Jaguar is a great automaker, but it hasn’t been without turbulence in its past. Somewhere along the way, it lost the spirit and drive that it once had, but redeemed itself when in launched the F-Type back in 2013. Come 2016, and Jaguar has shown off its I-Pace Concept – an SUV that is loosely based on the F-Type but carries along two electric motors and a battery as its primary source of motivation. This all-electric SUV will mark Jaguar’s entry into the small but growing market of cars that don’t require dino juice to get rolling. Jaguar has also announced that its Special Vehicle Operations division will produce an electric vehicle with an SVR badge – yet another first. Rumors have been circling that this will be a sports car, but if SVO really wants to dip into the electric pot, it will have an excellent canvass for its first model: The 2018 I-Pace. The SVR version will naturally be more aggressive on the outside, will feature some unique and race-inspired features inside, and will come with a decent power improvement over the standard I-Pace. And, since the I-Pace is slated to enter the market for 2018, the I-Pace SVR could hit make its debut before the turn of the decade.

There’s also a hidden benefit to using the I-Pace as the canvass for the first SVR-badged electric vehicle. First, the brand can save heavily on the development costs up front by focusing on upgrading the powertrain and making other minor modifications to the I-Pace SUV. Then, once the high-performance SUV is perfected, it can then focus on building its all-electric sports car that can boast the same juiced up powertrain as the I-Pace SVR.

As such, we’ve created a rendering what the I-Pace SVR could look like. So let’s take a good look at the rendering and speculate a little on what SVR will do to improve on the future I-Pace electric SUV.

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Jaguar Wants To Bolster Lineup With Electric Vehicles By 2020

Jaguar Wants To Bolster Lineup With Electric Vehicles By 2020

British automaker targets 50 percent of its lineup to go all-electric

No matter where you look in the auto industry these days, every automaker worth its salt is making plans for zero emissions vehicles. BMW wants a 25-percent share of the EV market by 2025. Toyota’s planning to “mass produce” EVs by 2020. That same year, Kia wants to launch 14 new alternative powertrain models. Today, fresh off of introducing the I-Pace Concept, Jaguar Land Rover has officially made its EV plans known, and it involves injecting close to $3.7 billion into research and development of EVs with the goal of creating electrified options for half of its entire lineup by 2020.

The ambitious goal is par for the course in a business where rivals like Mercedes (10 EVs by 2025) and Porsche (Mission E family of EV models) are doing something similar. That’s where the industry is headed, and JLR is making sure that it doesn’t get left behind.

A big part of the company’s plan is to push the development and expansion of its powertrain and design center in the UK. That not only involves doubling the facility’s actual size in the next few years, but also beefing up its workforce to accommodate the increased attention put into its future EVs. In some ways, the British automaker has already started in that road, investing close to $375 million in electrical engineering while also hiring more than 20,000 employees to go along with the 40,000-strong workforce it already has.

Just as important to this goal is the development of the I-Pace Concept, the electric SUV that was recently shown at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The model, according to Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum, is the “most important” Jaguar since the E-Type, a label that carries more than its fair share of pressure as the company’s first foray into the world of EVs.

Ultimately, Jaguar hopes to build on what it started with the I-Pace Concept and while it doesn’t have specific plans yet on the other models that will get electrified in some form or fashion, the long-term objective of having half of its models come with electrified options by 2020 has been set.

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SVR Badge Could Be Used For Smaller Engines Or Electric Motors

SVR Badge Could Be Used For Smaller Engines Or Electric Motors

Jaguar SVO is open to exploring powertrain options outside of the traditional V-8 engine

There was a time when you needed a big V-8 to make some serious power, but things have changed a lot over the last 30 years. With the invention of fuel injection, lightweight materials, precision and variable tuning, and constant improvements to forced induction, we can now manage to get 400 ponies out of a little four-cylinder. If you time-traveled back to the 1970s and mentioned this to any gearhead, you would probably get a 1-and-¾-inch wrench planted against your melon, but it is now the reality we live in.

Taking that into consideration, it’s no surprise that Jaguar may extend the SVR badge to smaller engines and even electric-powered cars. When the Jaguar F-Pace launched in Europe earlier this week, Richard Agnew, Jaguar’s Director of Public Relations, said, “We can’t possibly say that SVO has to be V-8, with the way the world is changing and also the way engine technology is changing as well. So it doesn’t have to be a V-8. What it needs to be, though, is have enough over the derivative below it so it does have the credentials to wear the SVR badge.”

Agnew admitted that consumer demand is one of the primary things that drives what engines are used for high-performance vehicles. If the demand for V-8 engines doesn’t exist, then automakers will be forced to quit producing them. Secondly, he also brought up the fact that emissions regulations and related taxes are getting harsher by the year, so the brand is looking at different powertrain options for the future. Jaguar has already admitted that it will eventually have an electric car, and even Agnew admits that electric vehicle performance is huge when it comes to power and torque output.

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Jaguar Land Rover Files "I" Trademarks, Could Lead To Electric Models

Jaguar Land Rover Files "I" Trademarks, Could Lead To Electric Models

Could these names point to a future EV SUV and EV sports car?

Jaguar Land Rover’s plan to offer electric vehicles took a big step after the company filed three new trademarks in Europe’s Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

According to AutoGuide, the automaker has filed trademarks for the names “I-Pace,” “I-Type,” and “Velar.” At least two of those names appear to point to a pair of future EV versions of Jaguar’s existing F-Pace SUV and F-Type sports car. The third name, “Velar,” is likely tied to Land Rover as a reference to the original Range Rover pre-production prototypes built between 1969 and 1970 as a decoy for registering pre-production Range Rovers.

It’s still unclear if Land Rover is dusting off the Velar name for a future production model, but it does appear that Jaguar’s plans for an electric SUV and electric sports car will eventually give birth to EV models that will carry those names. Jag, after all, has previously hinted of its plans to have an electric SUV by 2017 to compete against the Tesla Model X. The automaker even went as far as demonstrating three new research demonstrators that incorporate electric power back in September 2015.

All roads do seem to lead down that path, so it’s likely JLR will have something planned for these trademarks. If it sticks to its promised timetable, the I-Pace SUV – if it does end up using that name – should arrive by 2017 with the I-Type sports car not expected until 2020. As for the Velar, well, only time will tell if Land Rover has any serious plans or if it’s just doing the same thing it did back then when it used that exact name to hide its true plans.

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Jaguar Land Rover Plans To Enter Formula E Series

Jaguar Land Rover Plans To Enter Formula E Series

Jaguar Land Rover is set to return to motor racing. A press conference to announce the British car marker’s plans has been scheduled for next week, according to a report from Sky News.

The specific details of the press conference are still unclear at this point, but all signs seem to point to the company announcing its intention to compete in the Formula E World Championship, becoming the latest manufacturer to throw its name into the young series. The other automakers that are already involved in Formula E are Audi, Renault, and Peugeot.

The company’s decision to join Formula E is reportedly tied into its plans to enter the electric car world, especially with the series’ whole revolving around the propagation of electric technology. Apart from the obvious competitive standpoint, JLR believes that being a part of Formula E will give it the proper environment to boost the development of its electric road car program. After all, there’s no other racing series in the world that offers comprehensive live testing for electrification technology.

It’s unlikely that JLR will be able to enter a full racing team this season since it’s already underway. In fact, Jaguar’s pending announcement will happen a few weeks before the third round of the season at Uruguay. A formal accreditation from the FIA is also still in the works. Until JLR secures that, it won’t be able to compete in the series. If the company really is going all-in on its involvement in Formula E, look for it to spend the remainder of the season preparing for its entry next year.

That’s going to give the company, and the team it eventually fields, enough time to get settled in with a functioning racing team and a full driver lineup.

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Jaguar Plans Electric SUV By 2017

Jaguar Plans Electric SUV By 2017

Like a card player with a full house in his hand, Jaguar is going all-in on an all-electric SUV. Current plans call for the model to be revealed in 2016 before being shipped to dealerships in 2017, as the model prepares to do battle against the likes of the Tesla Model X and the Audi Q6 e-tron quattro.

It’s a bold leap forward for a company that’s been making a lot of leaps in the business in the past few years. According to Autocar, the extent of Jag’s commitment to its electric SUV has reached a point that the company is even tapping into the design language of the C-X75 supercar concept. Apparently, parent firm Tata is even giving its full support on this endeavor. The Indian conglomerate is said to be intent on making a statement that it’s even allowed Jaguar to push the envelope on the electric SUV’s design, hence the decision to base its design on the 2010 concept.

It is understood that the all-electric SUV will sit on the same aluminum architecture as the XE and F-Pace. The platform was designed with an all-electric powertrain in mind, as well as a variety of hybrid and plug-in hybrid applications. Beyond the understandable buzz surrounding the yet-to-be-named electric SUV’s styling, details about the vehicle are still being kept under wraps. The company did say that the model will use the same aluminum architecture currently being used by both the XE and F-Pace. It does make sense to utilize that specific platform since it was built in the first place to accommodate an all-electric powertrain. Sources have also told Autocar that Jaguar will use an electric motor that will be mounted at each corner, thus retaining the use of driveshafts.

Once the model is released in 2017, it’s anticipated to have a range of 300 miles and carry a price tag of £60,000, which would be a little over $90,000 based on current exchange rates.

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Jaguar Wants All-Electric E-Pace And New Inline-Six Engines

Jaguar Wants All-Electric E-Pace And New Inline-Six Engines

Rumors of Jaguar’s plan to introduce an electric crossover could come to fruition now that there’s word the company is moving forward with its intention to launch the vehicle. According to Automobile Magazine, the planned electric crossover will be called the E-Pace. The vehicle will eventually join the just-released F-Pace in the company’s budding crossover lineup.

Details are still sketchy at this point, but the E-Pace will reportedly receive a similar styling package as the Audi Q6 E-tron concept, highlighted by a steeply raked windscreen, a tapered rear section, and a low, flowing silhouette. These descriptions are still vague, but it does paint a picture of a small crossover with hints of a coupe-like design. The E-Pace will also reportedly feature active and passive aerodynamic aids that would result in the e-crossover having a drag coefficient of 0.28, making it one of the most aerodynamic crossovers in the market.

This latest development also puts in place rumors that Jaguar-Land Rover is still undecided on whether to launch this new vehicle under the Jaguar or Land Rover brands. Back in September 2015, the company launched the Concept_e mild hybrid, an electric drive module (eDM) architecture that can accommodate electric motors and batteries. The Range Rover’s chassis was used to showcase the new platform, leading many to believe that Land Rover’s chic crossover would be the first recipient of the company’s foray into the world of e-crossovers.

Ultimately, JLR decided to use Jaguar as the starting point, leading to speculation surrounding the E-Pace. The electric crossover isn’t expected to launched anytime soon, but once it officially receives the green light from management, the e-crossover will be built at the company’s assembly plant in Magna Steyr.

In the meantime, Jaguar and Land Rover are expected to do away with their existing and admittedly dated V-6 engine in favor of an all-new, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine that will come in both gas and diesel engine guises. The new powertrain will be flexible enough to produce different power outputs depending on the variant. Early reports indicate that the gas versions of the new inline-six will have output numbers ranging from 300 to 500 horsepower with the diesel versions generating anywhere from 275 to 400 horsepower.

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Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Its Electric Drive Module Technology

Jaguar Land Rover Reveals Its Electric Drive Module Technology

Now that Tesla has proven there’s a market for premium electric vehicles, more established manufacturers are scrambling to develop new platforms and drivetrains for electric cars. Mercedes-Benz recently confirmed it has a full-electric luxury car in the works, and Audi’s electric 2017 Audi Q6 E-Tron SUV is imminent. Now Jaguar Land Rover is getting in on the action with three new Concept_e research demonstrators that incorporate electric power.

The first of these is the Concept_e MHEV, a “Mild Hybrid” built on a 2016 Range Rover Evoque. It uses a 90-horsepower prototype diesel engine that works with a 15-kW (about 20 horsepower) electric motor integrated into the crank between the engine and a nine-speed transmission. A 48-volt electrical system and 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack supply power to the electric motor.

Next is the 2014 Range Rover Sport-based Concept_e PHEV, which uses a plug-in hybrid system that incorporates a 300-horsepower gasoline engine and an eight-speed transmission. The electric motor delivers an additional 150 kW (roughly 200 horsepower) and also functions as the starter motor. A 320-volt battery pack supplies power to the electric motor. Both the ICE and the electric motor send power through the gearbox to a full-time four-wheel-drive system.

Lastly, the Concept _e BEV is what JLR calls a “bespoke research demonstrator.” It’s built using JLR’s aluminum vehicle architecture and uses a full electric drivetrain. A 70-kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery is mounted on the underbody and sends power to two motors, one at each axle. The front motor produces 85 kW (114 horsepower) and works through a single-speed transmission, while the other is a 145-kW (195 horsepower) motor that sends power to the rear axle through a two-speed transmission.

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Jaguar F-Pace Will Get An Electric Version By 2018

Jaguar F-Pace Will Get An Electric Version By 2018

One of the last carmakers to finally jump on the crossover/SUV bandwagon, Jaguar is said to be working on its first electric model as well, with British sources indicating that the new F-Pace SUV will provide the basis for the future EV. This bit of info comes from Autocar, so you may want to take it with a pinch of salt or at least consider it a far-fetched speculation, although some parts do sound realistic.

According to the British car magazine, Land Rover would also offer a version of this future all-electric SUV, courtesy of the Jaguar-Land Rover union, which would obviously help reduce R&D costs. Using the aluminum-intensive platform of the Jaguar F-Pace would also help keep the weight down, despite the heavy battery pack needed to offer a projected 300-mile range.

With more Alpha cities introducing "zero emission zones" and Tesla proving that you can make good business selling premium electric cars, the Jaguar and Land Rover EV may have a brighter future than some might expect at first glance. On the other hand, it seems a bit counterintuitive not to offer a plug-in hybrid model first, just to test the waters with something that blends the advantages of both worlds. Sure, the Tesla Model X may need a few competitors in order to evolve faster, but I’m not entirely sure that the first electric Jaguar or Land Rover will be the best ones for the job.

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2010 Jaguar C-X75

2010 Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar celebrated 75 years of history with the unveiling of the C-X75 concept at the Paris Auto Show. Besides being a range-extended electric two-seated supercar, the C-X75 previews the company’s future design language, and we are really hoping that it is a preview version of the Jaguar’s long rumored supercar.

"The aim was to produce not only the most innovative but also one of the most beautiful Jaguars ever; one which hints at an exciting evolution of the marque’s award-winning design language while paying homage to some of its most admired cars of years gone by."

The new car tips the scales at around 2,970-pounds and is able to hit 62 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds. That seems awfully fast for a vehicle with only two 96-horsepower micro gas turbines that force fuel into a plug-in li-ion battery back. Once all that is said on done, there are four electric motors, one for each wheel, that together deliver an outstanding 580kW (778bhp) and 1600Nm (1180lb ft) of torque. Stomp the pedal to the floor and you can hit 205 miles per hour.

The C-X75 can travel up to 68 miles on its battery pack alone, but once the turbines kick in the car can continue traveling for 560 miles. Chevrolet Volt, eat your heart out.

Updated 11/17/2010: The Jaguar C-X75 concept made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and what better way to mark this occasion than to have Jay Leno review it? Watch the video and see what he has to say about the concept.

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