Jaguar C-X17 concept, 2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Not that long ago, the idea of a Jaguar SUV seemed preposterous. Now Jaguar is just months away from unveiling its new F-Pace SUV, and there’s mounting talking of a second high-riding model from the British brand. Jaguar, like many of the major automakers, is simply meeting the market’s demands. SUVs recently overtook sedans in new car sales here in the U.S., and it’s a trend that’s being repeated elsewhere.
While there have been rumors that Jaguar’s next SUV might be a large, seven-seat model dubbed the J-Pace or even F-Grace—you, know, as in Jaguar’s historic catchphrase “grace, space and pace”—the more likely option would be the automaker launching a compact model to take on the likes of the new BMW X1 as well as the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. The F-Pace, meanwhile, rivals small SUVs like the X3, Q5 and upcoming GLC.
CAR is reporting that Jaguar’s second SUV, which is doing the rounds as an E-Pace, is still under consideration. The plan would be to twin the vehicle with the next Land Rover Range Rover Evoque to cut costs and speed up development. Such a move would mean production facilities could also be shared.
Should the green light be given, don’t expect a launch date until the end of the decade.