Watch Out Model X: Jaguar Planning All-Electric F-Pace Model

2015 Jaguar F-Pace 1 photo
Photo: Jaguar
It looks like Jaguar has big plans for its F-Pace SUV, as the company has reportedly told Automobile magazine via some anonymous sources that it wants to introduce an all-electric version called E-Pace. This would indeed be a true rival for the likes of Tesla’s Model X, which is currently unchallenged in the segment.
According to the same info, the car would be assembled in Graz, Austria by Magna Steyr and it would come out with a design that sets it apart from the rest of the line-up. While that would definitely be welcome, it’s more of a necessary move rather than something the designers wanted.

The thing is, for an electric SUV, the aerodynamics have to be changed a little, to make it as efficient as possible. That means we could expect the same general shape as the F-Pace but with a lower silhouette, a steeply raked windshield, and a new rear end. Altogether, the car would be sleeker and cut through the air more efficiently.

Of course, investment in battery and electric motors would be needed unless the British brand decides to buy them from another manufacturer, but the chances of that happening are slim, at most. In this case, the production and sales of the E-Pace should be around 20,000 units a year to return a profit, according to Automobile.

If that’s the case, the electric vehicle would not only make Jaguar an icon amongst electric car manufacturers but it would allow it to meet CO2 fleet emission averages imposed by the EU.

In the meantime, rumors coming in from the research labs of Jaguar and Land Rover claim that the companies are developing new inline 6-cylinder engines to phase out their conventional V6 models in the future.

The first one to come out in 2017 will be a 3-liter mill making anything from 300 to 500 HP thanks to direct injection and turbocharging.

While for some this is a surprising move, the V6 architecture taking up less space under the hood, it does make sense if a manufacturer wants to keep things modular in the future like BMW does with its 1.5-liter, 2-liter and 3-liter engines that share up to 60 percent of their parts in between them.
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