Word has it a plug-in hybrid Jaguar will debut in 2018 for MY 2019, powered by a turbo diesel and an electric motor. While I’m having my doubts about the cetane-rich fuel, I’ll bet a tenner that a Jaguar sport utility vehicle with some kind of electrification will definitely make it into series production.
Whatever the future may hold, one thing is certain: an electric variant is definitely on the cards, especially now that Jaguar has confirmed its entry into Formula E as a gateway to bringing pure electric mobility to the masses. Supposedly named Jaguar E-Pace, the future model will slot underneath the F-Pace. The short rear overhang and sloped roofline are clues to this surmise.
In pure electric configuration, the Jaguar E-Pace is said to debut in 2017 for MY 2018, packing a pair of electric motors in each of its axles. In other words, it will be all-paw-drive. The E-Pace’s chassis, presumably derived from that of the F-Pace and XE, can accomodate AWD and it can be adapted to multiple electrification stages, as in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV applications.
When Jaguar eventually decides to come clean about what’s cooking underneath the test mule's body panels, the E-Pace will go head to head with the likes of the not-yet-ready-for-production Audi Q4 e-tron. The German manufacturer’s plug-in hybrid and/or electric SUV is expected to make use of battery packs Samsung SDI will produce in a factory in Hungary.