When asked if there was room in the range for a Jaguar smaller than the E-Pace, Callum said: “No plans, but I’d like to think so.”
Rival firms BMW and Mercedes-Benz have a full range of natively front-wheel-drive models derived from a common architecture. The E-Pace differs in that it has SUV, rather than road car, architecture, meaning hatchbacks and smaller spin-offs, for example, are trickier.
“There’s no alternative to go front-wheel drive, transverse-engine here [with E-Pace],” said Callum.
“It’s not cost, but size. You can’t afford to give wheelbase away,” he added, pointing out that BMW had switched from a rear-wheel-drive platform to a front-wheel-drive one with its second-generation BMW X1.
Callum has confirmed that the next-generation Jaguar XE will remain rear-wheel and that in future there will be greater differentiation between Jaguar models, though still linked with common design themes.
“We will separate them [the XE and the Jaguar XF] more in the future,” he said. “There will be a constant grille, then a more flexible front.”
The I-Pace arrives after the E-Pace, built on a bespoke electric architecture. When asked if there would one day be a family of Jaguar EVs, Callum said: “Wait and see how we develop on mid-size platforms.”
More generally, he said that all types and sizes of car were available to Jaguar: “There’s lots of choice, with lots of architectures with massive boundaries. We’re able to pick the right one. Perhaps it’s old behaviour to create products to suit architectures; now there’s no need to.”