Jaguar's upcoming mid-size SUV will be the first in a new family of models, with coupé and and electric Jaguars planned
24 August 2015

Jaguar is planning a radical family of premium SUVs to run alongside the new F-Pace, to be launched early next year - and the range could include a baby rival to the Mini Countryman and Audi Q1.

The F-Pace will be the first competitor Jaguar has had to the likes of BMW’s X models and Audi’s Q range, potentially opening up thousands of new sales as the SUV market continues to expand.Company insiders have all but confirmed additional models, saying: “Don’t think in terms of one more SUV - think a family of SUVs.”

The smallest, Q1-sized SUV would be little more than four metres in length. The company is believed to see more brand cachet in a small SUV than in a supermini and, crucially, it would be able to charge more for a jacked-up baby model than it would a rival for the Audi A1 or Mini hatchbacks.

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A larger model than the F-Pace is not thought to be part of Jaguar’s plans. There had been speculation that a seven-seat, long-wheelbase SUV was in the pipeline, but company insiders have indicated the performance intentions of the Jaguar SUVs will make a model larger than the F-Pace unlikely.

This sporty intention means that coupé versions are also thought to be likely. These will rival similar cars from fellow premium manufacturers.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz already offer coupé-styled SUVs, with more to follow. BMW’s X6 and X4 will be joined by the X2 next year, while Mercedes will add a GLC Coupé to join its existing GLE Coupé in 2017. Audi also plans to release a Q6 and a Q8 in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Like their rivals, any coupé offshoots of the F-Pace would have sweeping lines, although it is likely they would be available only with four passenger doors rather than two.

The sporty nature of the new family of SUVs will not be confined to their styling, as they look set to do justice to the ‘Pace’ suffix in their name.

It is expected that Jaguar will offer R and SVR versions of its SUVs, since the company plans to pitch the models as technical flagships.

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Previously, Steven de Ploey, brand director of Jaguar, has said of the SUV family: “We’d only do it on two key attributes: if the car was dynamically the most capable, and it met our design standards.”

Meanwhile, an electric Jaguar has also been all but confirmed. Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, has said recently, “It’s coming”, when talking about a potential electric Jaguar, while JLR has applied for a series of patents for technology related to inductive charging.

Jaguar has also applied to trademark the name ‘EV-Type’. Although this is no indication of a definitive name, it does suggest that such a model is close.

Any future electric EV-Type looks likely to be made at the Magna Steyr factory in Graz, Austria. Jaguar has confirmed that it will be moving some model lines to the facility to free up capacity at its UK plants. The F-Pace will otherwise be built at the company’s plant in Solihull in the West Midlands.

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14 May 2015

Not sure that passes muster - I'd call a Mokka or Juke small crossovers, and maybe a Panda 4WD is a baby crossover. Perhaps JLR PR is struggling with the XE-and-under market terminology?

14 May 2015

Hurrah! We have a new baby Jag for Autocar to obsess over for the next 12 months. I did wonder how the front covers were going to look with the XE now in production.

I'd actually welcome a smaller SUV into the range, but please Jaguar; come up with a better name for this one?

14 May 2015

Hurrah! We have a new baby Jag for Autocar to obsess over for the next 12 months. I did wonder how the front covers were going to look with the XE now in production.

I'd actually welcome a smaller SUV into the range, but please Jaguar; come up with a better name for this one?

14 May 2015

These guys will say anything to get into the press. There is a major discrepancy in the article: first Mr Ploey says 'We have the architecture and capability with Land Rover to go left or right, up or down' and then he says 'We’d need a different architecture' !! Summary: more JLR nonsense

15 May 2015
soldi wrote:

These guys will say anything to get into the press.

Isn't that exactly the role of a 'brand director'?

15 May 2015
speckyclay wrote:

Isn't that exactly the role of a 'brand director'?

Absolutely no idea as I have no clue what a 'brand director' is or does...

24 August 2015

Land Rover should be the ones expanding their SUV range as there are more important models for Jaguar to focus on:
> 1-Series Rival
> XE Coupe/Convertible/Estate
> XF Estate (Replacement)

24 August 2015

@BenC30, you may not get a job with Jaguar product planning team any time soon. Hilton has an explanation around what Jaguar sees as its most important area of the market to develop at this point in time.

31 August 2015
BenC30 wrote:

Land Rover should be the ones expanding their SUV range as there are more important models for Jaguar to focus on:
> 1-Series Rival
> XE Coupe/Convertible/Estate
> XF Estate (Replacement)

Yup and these are all done and dusted (except for a 1-series rival as that's NOT gong to happen) and ready for final engineering and then production, expect to see XE derivatives soon, with the XF SB within the next six/ten months.

24 August 2015

@Adrian987. I'm not so worried about having a job with them, but if they do not build cars that do not appeal to me, then I can only buy elsewhere. Not all of us want SUVs.

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