Jaguar F-Pace prototype rear three quarters right side

First Jaguar EV will be a crossover, likely called Jaguar E-Pace

October 24, 2015

Earlier this year, it was reported that Jaguar Land Rover was planning to build its first electric car in Austria. The first Land Rover-branded all-electric vehicle, reports suggest, would be a Range Rover. Coming to Jaguar, the first all-electric model will be a crossover, as per a report from Automobile. Thus, both all-electric models could share a lot of powertrain and other components, to develop them faster and keep the cost low.

According to the new report, the all-electric Jaguar crossover is likely to be named ‘Jaguar E-Pace’. The ‘E’ in the name depicts two things – smaller in size than the F-Pace, and that of being an electric vehicle.

It was reported in May that an entry-level Jaguar E-Pace crossover is being planned. Maybe there will be an all-electric variant of it, or it will be a dedicated all-electric model. The new report suggests that the all-electric Jaguar will be very aerodynamic and assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. It would reportedly turn profitable only if 20,000 units of it are sold annually.

Before the all-electric Jaguar model arrives, Jaguar Land Rover’s old V6 engines will be replaced with new inline six-cylinder engines. The new engines, derived from the new Ingenium family, are due in late 2017. The new 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engines will be direct-injected and turbocharged. The petrol engine outputs will be in the 300, 400 and 500 hp states, and the same for the diesel engine will be in the states of 275, 335 and 400 hp.

[Source: Automobile]

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