Jaguar Reportedly Planning “E-Pace” Electric Crossover
New Generation of I-6 Engines Coming First
People’s reactions to Tesla seem to be pretty visceral, which is to say they either love it or hate it. However, there’s little dispute that the upstart Northern California automaker has had a disruptive effect on the automotive industry, even if the company’s overall sales volume has been relatively miniscule so far. Tesla’s latest salvo, the Model X crossover, seems to have spurred many other premium automakers to initiate or accelerate development on their own all-electric crossovers. According to Automobile, the latest brand to join the luxury e-crossover fray is Jaguar.
With a model that’s likely to be dubbed “E-Pace,” according to the report, the company will have a great deal of engineering done by Austrian first-tier supplier and contract manufacturer Magna Steyr. The report also says it believes Magna Steyr will also handle final assembly of the model in its plant in Graz, Austria.
Before the electrified SUV hits the road, Jaguar will launch a new family of I-6 engines, replacing the aging 90-degree V-6 engines currently used. The 3.0L I-6 will be based on the modular Ingenium engine family and will reportedly be offered in three respective power levels for both gas and diesel versions. The gas versions will be rated at 300, 400, and 500 hp, and the diesel will be rated at 275, 335, and 400 hp. With those power levels, the modular straight-six could conceivably even ultimately replace the long-running 5.0L V-8 within the Jaguar Land Rover lineup.