Latest reports suggest Jaguar will kickstart the gradual electrification of JLR’s range, and a hybrid J-Pace will be one of the first models to arrive

Our spy photographers have spotted what looks to be a test mule for the long-rumoured Jaguar J-Pace SUV.

The test mule, which has been photographed being trailered back to Jaguar's engineering centre in Gaydon, uses the body of an F-Pace but features a 2.0-litre diesel engine with hybrid-electronic assistance. It also looks to have an extended wheelbase and lengthened body, adding to the theory that it is a development car for a larger SUV model.

The Jaguar I-Pace has been revealed, take a look here

Autocar reported last year that forthcoming electrified Jaguars would get their own unique look, much like BMW’s 'i' models have their own distinct identity, suggesting the body of a production-spec hybrid J-Pace could differ quite substantially from the F-Pace.

Autocar also revealed that an all-electric SUV was being developed by Jaguar and that a more compact model was due, suggesting we could see a line-up of four SUVs from Jaguar (including the current F-Pace) before the close of this decade. It is understood these future models will sit on the same aluminium architecture as the XE and F-Pace, which itself has been designed with an all-electric powertrain in mind, as well as a variety of hybrid and plug-in hybrid applications.

This week’s latest hybrid development mule suggests these plans are still in place, although Jaguar has so far declined to offer any more information. Instead, it says that it is always testing different configurations of models for future line-up development, so this test car is not necessarily confirmation of a future production model.

Nevertheless, the hybrid powertrain under the bonnet and lengthened body of the spotted F-Pace mule has our sources convinced that it is, in fact, the aforementioned larger hybrid SUV model, and some have gone so far as to suggest it will be called the J-Pace.

However, while we know Jaguar has trademarked the E-Pace and I-Pace monikers (as well as I-Type), presumably for the smaller SUV and all-electric models mentioned earlier (and an electric saloon), so far the J-Pace name hasn’t been trademarked.

The more compact SUV, possibly named the E-Pace, is expected to go on sale in 2017. An all-electric model is also predicted to arrive in 2017, but sources claim that today’s latest hybrid test car (which can be seen pictured here) won't spawn a production model before 2018. Instead, a date sometime in 2020 has been mooted.

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Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d R-Sport

Jaguar takes a typically sporting approach to its F-Pace but it isn't enough to better its sibling - the Land Rover Discovery Sport - as of yet

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14 June 2016
Diesel hybrid is the wrong direction. In engineering terms it is beset by weight and cost issues, plus diesel's growing image problem. JLR need to rethink this - petrol hybrid is the way to go.

14 June 2016
I'd have thought a 3 cylinder petrol hybrid was a better option for weight and packaging reasons, while giving noting away to diesel in performance.

14 June 2016
scrap wrote:

Diesel hybrid is the wrong direction. In engineering terms it is beset by weight and cost issues, plus diesel's growing image problem. JLR need to rethink this - petrol hybrid is the way to go.

Agreed.

20 June 2016
Citytiger wrote:
scrap wrote:

Diesel hybrid is the wrong direction. In engineering terms it is beset by weight and cost issues, plus diesel's growing image problem. JLR need to rethink this - petrol hybrid is the way to go.

Agreed.

So wrong it surely raises serious questions about the decision making of those in charge of JLR.

20 June 2016
nivison wrote:

So wrong it surely raises serious questions about the decision making of those in charge of JLR.

If only the fools at JLR would be wise enough to listen to the expertise spread on diverse internet fora. That is where the true knowledge is, there people are much better informed than JLR's own study units.
No need for complex comprehensive analytics, fuel price projections, market assessments, production capability alignment... They should skip all of that, on internet world-class advice is available for free.

15 June 2016
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20 June 2016
Surely if they have engineered it correctly then the main power unit could be interchanged between petrol and diesel.

I have to agree, it does seem like a strange decision to go down the diesel route especially considering one of Jaguar's largest markets for this type of vehicle could be the US.

 

 

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20 June 2016
An open question, but if you get a diesel running at optimum load, would it be cleaner than a petrol when as a range extender. Given that the efficiency is higher, CO2 lower etc, if you can keep it running at a constant RPM as needed for electricity generation, and then tailor all the emissions cleanup hardware to that speed and that speed only.

20 June 2016
It's incredible what Autocar's sources can tell from the external shot of a car. Perhaps this F-Pace is already using the JLR "invisible bonnet" technology and that's how they are so confidently able to tell that there's a diesel hybrid lurking in there...?

or... has JLR marketing dept been on the phone again?

20 June 2016
Of the 6 'premium' brands (M-B, BMW, Audi, JLR, Volvo & Maserati) only Maserati are less well developed than JLR in terms of hybrid tech. Every other brand has gone petrol hybrid because (a) the US market which has been a big hybrid buyer is also anti-diesel (b) China has also never been a big diesel market and the state is making a big push to electrification (c) a decent proportion of buyers of BEV / PHEV tend also to be anti-diesel. The move to electrification is going to create some big losers & I predict at least one premium brand will follow SAAB. Fiat will do a deal with anyone (Google etc), Volvo / Geely seem to be forward-thinking. If I was a betting man I'd say JLR could be firm least able to ride the changing industry. The problem has always been they've pampered to the local market, which is relatively small, and not focussed on export.

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