Jaguar’s F-Pace has soared to the top of the sales chart in only its first year on the market. A total 45,973 of the SUVs were sold in 2016, equating to approximately 30 percent of Jaguar’s sales.
Little surprise then that the British automaker is already at an advanced stage of development on its second SUV—a prototype for which has just been spied again.
Jaguar’s next SUV will sit below the F-Pace, suggesting that it will be called an E-Pace.
Our spy shots and video reveal much of the design. The proportions are similar to those of the F-Pace though the E-Pace looks to be the sportier of the two. Look for a rectangular grille up front, slit-like lights at both ends, and a five-door body.
For the interior, we should elements borrowed from the F-Pace and XE models. Look for Jaguar's typical three-spoke, multi-function steering wheel and rotary-dial gear selector. The infotainment system will be Jaguar's latest InControl touchscreen-based system.
The E-Pace will be a compact model targeting the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. The platform is the latest version of Jaguar Land Rover’s LR-MS platform, which made its debut in the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport. The platform is also earmarked for the redesigned Range Rover Evoque and possibly a model from parent company Tata.
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It’s too early to talk powertrains but expect Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium inline-4 engines to feature predominantly. We’re unlikely to see anything larger offered, but we could see the vehicle feature a new inline-3 Jaguar Land Rover is investigating. A hybrid option is also a possibility further down the product cycle.
A debut should take place in late 2017 or early next year. We’re currently expecting the E-Pace to arrive on the market in 2018, as a 2019 model.