Jaguar Eyeing Small Crossover Underneath Upcoming F-Pace SUV
GLA, X1 Rival Would Need Jag Styling, Dynamic Performance to Be Considered
Speaking with Autocar, Jaguar Brand Director Steven de Ploey confirmed the company is considering adding more crossover SUVs to the lineup, but that Jaguar would only consider it if the vehicle could be designed like a Jaguar and maintain a high level of performance relative to its class. The brand's first utility vehicle will be the F-Pace, based on the Jaguar C-X17 concept shown here.
Our sister brand Automobile reported the same a few weeks ago when it conjectured that a smaller E-Pace and larger J-Pace SUV could be considered once the F-Pace’s sales are underway (which could be in the next decade, given the deliberate testing the F-Pace is undergoing). That naming convention, by the way, echoes the company’s sedan lineup (XE, XF, XJ), suggesting the crossovers would be based somewhat on their four-door counterparts.
Automobile reporter Georg Kacher speculated that the J-Pace would be a three-row SUV sized like the Range Rover Sport, giving Jaguar a competitor for the Audi Q8 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. The E-Pace’s positioning is somewhat more nebulous, according to Kacher, as giving Jag a competitor for the BMW X3 could eat into Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque sales. As such, the E-Pace could instead be a subcompact luxury crossover, more like the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and BMW X1.
That idea is corroborated somewhat by the story appearing in Autocar, reporting that the baby crossover would sit under the Jaguar XE sedan in size. Doing so would require a new platform for the itty-bitty Jag, as the company’s current architecture is scalable only to a certain point, and reengineering it for such a small vehicle could cost money. Still, with the compact and subcompact luxury crossover market doing extremely well (and drawing younger, more affluent customers), there’s no reason to think that Jaguar wouldn’t want a piece of that pie.