With the E-Pace subcompact crossover now out of the way and roaming the concrete jungle, Jaguar has reportedly shifted focus to developing a larger SUV-crossover that will sit at the opposite end of its lineup.
The E-Pace competes against the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. According to , Jaguar’s large SUV — possible called the ‘J-Pace’ — will borrow parts from Range Rover, premier Jaguar’s new design language, and take on the Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante and other mid-size luxury SUVs when it arrives sometime in 2021. It could boast third-row seats, potentially accommodating six to seven occupants.
The J-Pace will borrow the Land Rover Range Rover’s aluminum platform, modified to be longer, wider and lower-riding in a effort to make it more at home on the paved road than the more rugged Range Rover. Its powertrains will also come from Range Rover and will include gasoline- and diesel six- and eight-cylinder engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid option that coincides with Jaguar Land Rover’s plan to become a fully electrified brand beyond 2020.
The idea of a Jaguar SUV once seemed preposterous; however, with the F-Pace quickly becoming the firm’s best-seller, easily outselling the XE and XF sedans more than two to one in its first year on the market, Jaguar has been moving quickly to bolster its SUV lineup.
The E-Pace was recently joined by the all-electric I-Pace, and is expected to become an even better seller than the F-Pace. SUV-crossovers will represent about two-thirds of Jaguar’s global sales by the early 2020s.
Jaguar F-Pace SVR Approaches Super SUV Status With 542HP
If for some reason you find the 380-horsepower Jaguar F-Pace S not powerful or fast enough, Jaguar has something for you. Unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show, F-Pace SVR is so powerful and so fast that it is in spitting distance of super SUV territory.
Power comes from the same supercharged 5.0L V8 utilized by numerous other high-end performance models in the Jaguar-Land Rover group — F-Type and Range Rover Sport SVR, to name some — tuned to produce 542 horsepower and 501 lb-ft. of torque. Paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system, the V8 catapults the F-Pace SVR to 60 mph in just 4.1 sec (100 km/h in 4.3 sec) and on to a top speed of 176 mph (283 km/h). Jaguar’s Variable Valve Active Exhaust System ensures that it also sounds the part.
In addition to the powerful engine, Jaguar’s hottest SUV is distinguished from the lesser models in F-Pace lineup by larger air intakes at the front; side fender vents that lower pressure in the wheel arches, reduce lift and provide additional cooling; a special SVR-spec hood with vents that help extract hot air from the engine bay; a unique rear spoiler; and a modified bumper with quad tailpipes.
Handling has been enhanced with progressive front and rear springs that are 30 and 10 percent stiffer, respectively, and an anti-roll bar that reduces body roll by 5 percent. Filling the wheel wells are the choice of 21- or 22-inch alloy wheels.
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, stated:
“The F-PACE SVR delivers the handling and agility to match its performance. Everything from the steering to the bespoke suspension set-up has been tuned specifically for our performance SUV and the result is a vehicle that lives up to the promise of both the F-PACE and SVR.”
Inside, the F-Pace SVR features sportier front seats with better lateral support, aluminum paddle shifters, a Sport Shift Selector, and unique rear seats.
Pricing for the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR starts at £74,835 in the U.K. and $79,990 in the United States, where it gets a comprehensive 5 year / 60,000 miles warranty and scheduled maintenance.
What Exactly Is The Jaguar I-Pace? A Hatchback Or An SUV?
When we wrote our preliminary preview of the Jaguar I-Pace, we, just like Jaguar and most automotive outlets, called the peculiar-looking yet attractive electric vehicle an “SUV”, but is it really an SUV?
Technically speaking, if we are to define a Sport Utility Vehicle as one built on a light-truck chassis with respectable off-road and towing capabilities, teamed with higher seating capacity, then the i-Pace is not an SUV. It is built on a car chassis, but I wouldn’t be so quick to call it a crossover (a vehicle based on a car chassis but designed to resemble an SUV) either.
Fellow auto enthusiast Sawyer Sutton didn’t hesitate to point out our misclassification, noting in a post:
“It has the ground clearance of a Camry and less cargo space than a Subaru Outback. Let’s call it a premium hot hatch and stop comparing it to things that it bears zero resemblance to.”
I thought deeply about his critique and couldn’t help but to agree. Unlike the Tesla Model X, a true crossover that Jaguar pegs as the main competitor to its first-ever EV, the i-Pace has a stronger resemblance to a hatchback than it does a crossover, let alone an SUV. A hatchback on some serious steroids, but one nonetheless.
Just don’t ask the British automaker to call the i-Pace a hatchback. Crossover and SUVs seem to be the only things with four wheels that car buyers care about nowadays, so it isn’t hard to see why the company might be reluctant to describe it as anything other than a utility vehicle.
As for why auto critics the web over haven’t been calling a spade a spade, chalk one up for laziness. The term SUV is often applied to crossovers (the masses couldn’t be bothered with the technical difference between the two), and it seems that will also be the case with bulky hatchbacks with the slightest increase in ground clearance moving forward.
Like it or not, the Jaguar i-Pace isn’t the first hatchback to be called an ‘SUV’, and it probably won’t be the last.
Jaguar Is Interested In A Four-Door F-Type
Jaguar has stood idly as BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz carve up the premium four-door coupe segment and feels it’s about time it probably chimed in on the action. The British automaker is considering a four-door version of the F-Type sport car.
Mercedes-AMG introduced the GT 4-Door Coupe at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, while BMW previewed the upcoming 8 Series Gran Coupe. Porsche has the Panamera.
Jaguar design director Ian Callum told at the event that he is open to the idea of creating a four-door F-Type, stating:
“The notion of four doors is interesting because the idea of a four-door coupe came out originally with Jaguars, and then Mercedes-Benz latched on to the CLS and created this genre of car, which really rightfully was Jaguar’s. So that’s our rightful place in some ways — the four-door sports cars.”
Callum was quick to point out that his interest is a confirmation of anything is in the works but is positive that a four-door F-Type is doable:
“The four-door aspect makes a lot of sense. Not for every sports car, don’t get me wrong, but the reason for two doors is for more structure out of the car. Now, with modern technology, that sort of stuff doesn’t really matter anymore. We can engineer a car to have structure with four doors, or even pillar-less doors these days.”
I, for one, am excited to see how a four-door F-Type would turn out. Mercedes-Benz opted to base the GT 4-Door Coupe on the E-Class’s platform rather than GT Coupe’s — it will be interesting to see if Jaguar takes a similar approach, eschewing the F-Type coupe’s platform in favor of the XF sedan’s mechanical bits.