Jaguar’s Audi Q7 rival could be called as J-Pace and is more likely to be based on the stretched F-Pace architecture
Jaguar Land Rover has been competing in the majority of luxury segments against the German triplet Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The British automaker primarily owned by Tata Motors has been a revelation since the Indian conglomerate’s takeover from Ford. The global sales volume has soared in recent years with the arrival of new products from Jaguar as well as Land Rover.
JLR registered nearly half a million sales last year aided by the introduction of the XE luxury sedan and the popular Land Rover models. As part of global expansion, the brand revealed plans to invest £450 million into its new West Midlands engine manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton in Britain, where the new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engines for both Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles are built last November.
The facility will be expanded by 200,000 square metres to produce 100,000 engines annually, double the rate of its existing output, for meeting demands in Britain as well as foreign markets. As Land Rover and Jaguar’s sales rose by 6 and 3 percent respectively in 2015, JLR aggressively making its presence felt in the potential markets across the globe.
Alongside announcing plans to introduce one SVO model every year until 2020, the brand recently unveiled SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) Technical Centre located near the brand’s facility in Coventry at an investment of £20 million. JLR seems to be concentrating more on leveraging the growing popularity of SUVs worldwide.
Jaguar imported a 2.0-litre AWD diesel engine-equipped F-pace SUV into India for homologation purpose as we reported lately. The all-new F-Pace luxury SUV made Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2016 iafter making world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show. The first-ever SUV in Jaguar’s 70-year-old history has been built on the same modular aluminium platform as the new XE and XF executive sedans. It will RIVAL against the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes GLC in the mid-size luxury segment.
Besides that, a range-topping Jaguar luxury SUV under works has been spotted. It could be called as J-Pace and the images clearly denote that the brand is in initial stages of its development. It could sit on the same stretched F-Pace architecture with aluminum-intensive construction and is more likely to come in a long wheelbase version as well with a hybrid diesel-electric powertrain. The front grille appears different from that of the F-Pace with a shorter rear overhang.