And it’ll resemble something called a ‘mid-height’ model.
It’s no secret that the engineers at the historic British firm Jaguar-Land Rover are hard at work on a new platform, upon which they intend to build at least three new cars that’ll see the two brands in good stead among the contemporary competition.
One of the headlining new models is the J-Pace, which will serve as the flagship of Jaguar’s SUV range, offering limousine-levels of comfort, refinement and luxury to customers who demand to sit higher than you would in something like an XJ, but not quite as high-up as a Range Rover.
The J-Pace will be underpinned by that new platform, dubbed MLA, which has been engineered to handle a whole variety of powertrains. Petrol, diesel, hybrid, and full-electric setups can be specced onto MLA, thanks to its all-aluminium construction that’s said to be highly customisable depending on application.
Autocar posits that the J-Pace will feature hybrid-electric all-wheel drive for the first time, with the rear wheels driven exclusively via an electric motor. This is a setup we’ve seen before in Volvo’s T8 cars for example, and allow for better interior packaging was well as off-road capability, the latter thanks to more precise power & torque delivery.
The J-Pace is set to be plug-in hybrid as standard, with the electric motor mated to a 6-cylinder Ingenium mill. It’s suggested that JLR is looking into the idea of slotting an Ingenium-4 in there, perhaps for an efficiency-focused model, but only if running refinement can be brought up to snuff. A PHEV J-Pace will aim to offer about 80km of EV range on a full-charge, sufficient to cover urban snarls and keep fuel consumption low.
Style-wise it’s suggested that due to the J-Pace’s eventual availability as both a plug-in hybrid and a full-electric proposition, the design will incorporate cues we saw first in the I-Pace EV, like the waterfall grille on the outside, and the floating centre console on the inside. The J-Pace will eventually be flanked by the all-new all-electric Jaguar XJ limousine, as well as perhaps one new Range Rover model.