Jaguar has revealed their latest version of the I-Pace concept during the LA Motor Show. The concept car, which represents the company’s first all-electric vehicle set for release in 2018, suggests that Jaguar hasn’t diverted its attention away from a small-sized, conventional SUV to sit below the F-Pace.
Jaguar has been disguising their tests of their baby SUV such that it’s very difficult to know when they’re doing it. However, our investigations have been able to reveal a hint that JLR may currently be working on building alternative powertrains that aim to help the LR-MS chassis for the next 10 years or so.
A diesel- or petrol-based hybrid technology would see carbon dioxide levels go below 100g/km, as well as allow fuel economy of over 70 mpg. However, as with the Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar’s baby SUV may not be designed to take advantage of high-power 6-cylinder engines, and would instead focus on refined 4-cylinder units.
Owing to a number of design constraints, a shorter version of the chassis of the F-Pace may not be able to be used in the baby car. The new model is therefore expected to follow the smaller and older Evoque when it comes to chassis size.
Entry-level versions of the smaller SUV could therefore be front-wheel drive. Indeed, its too-short rear overhang is the clearest indication that Jaguar may actually be planning for something of front-wheel-drive. However, 4-wheel drive is going to be provided on the bulk of the range, including more powerful editions.
Since the XF did also follow in the footsteps of the XE, it’s expected that the Jaguar baby SUV may also take some key design cues from the earlier F-Pace. The flat nose that’s also evident on the Evoque mule is expected to remain, though with shorter overhangs. Although this will most probably ensure a much smaller cabin and boot space, the new car should be more than a perfect match for such rivals as the BMW X1 or the in-the- pipeline Mercedes GLB. With a wheelbase that’s slightly longer, the concept car is also expected to be more practical than the Evoque.
This concept car -- which was previously thought to be named Jaguar E-Pace -- is forecast to be priced from £28,000 and released between early and mid-2018.