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Jaguar Electric SUV Spied, F-Pace Design Cues Galore

At the beginning of the year, our spy photographers caught the upcoming electric SUV from Jaguar doing its thing in cold weather, posing as a Range Rover Evoque. Now, though, the carparazzi spied a test mule dressed in modified F-Pace panels.
Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid) 11 photos
Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)Jaguar E-Pace SUV test mule (not confirmed if pure electric or plug-in hybrid)
Before anything, I must admit that there’s an elephant in the room. As you can see from the spy pics, the prototype is adorned with exhaust pipes and, if my eyesight isn’t failing me, what looks like a radiator behind the grille.

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.

Editor's note: Our photographers “didn’t hear any engine sound” when the prototypes were passing by the shooting end of their DSLR cameras. Pure electric mode or fake exhaust tips? Truth is, I'm just as confused as you are.

 
 
 
 
 

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