Jaguar’s Working On A Range Rover-Based J-Pace Flagship SUV

As recently as 2016, Jaguar had yet to offer an SUV of its own. But in the past couple of years, it has introduced three new crossovers. And it has another in the works that will cap the range.

Autocar reports that JLR is working on a new J-Pace model in the works. It’d be larger than the F-Pace, to say nothing of the smaller E-Pace and electric I-Pace. The model is tipped to borrow heavily on the flagship Range Rover’s architecture, but with its own unique styling and a more road-focused bias.

The target, according to Autocar, will be the Porsche Cayenne. Not a bad goal, considering that the Cayenne veritably set off the current trend of high-end crossovers. It’s a tidal wave in which other exotic marques like Maserati, Lamborghini, and Bentley have already been swept up. And Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, and Ferrari are soon to follow as well.

Jaguar was once satisfied letting its sister company Land Rover tackle the luxury SUV marketplace. But with Land Rover accounting for the lion’s share of the group’s sales, parent company Tata was keen to get Jaguar into the game as well.

The J-Pace isn’t the only new model Jaguar has in the works, though. The British automaker is said to have nine new models in development. Expect a new XJ sedan to sit alongside its higher-riding counterpart, a possible successor to the XK coupe, and additional and refreshed versions of the existing models in its range, all to launch in the coming years.

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  • Bob

    So seeing as sedans and counterpart SUVs tend to share platforms, could it mean that the next XJ will, by extension, use a Range Rover platform?

    • donald seymour

      Most likely not.

    • No, since the wheelbase is too big, but if you believe Autocar, next gen XJ will share platform with the so called “Road Rover” basically a jacked up luxury saloon.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Should IMO

    • PhilMcGraw

      The next generation XJ will be built on the same modular Jaguar Land Rover iQ-Al platform that underpins the F-Pace, XE, XF, and Range Rover Velar.

    • Cobrajet

      Range Rover Sport.

  • So basically people who look at Range Rover Sport and thing, “hmmm this car is too boxy, I want something more rounded”.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    This article makes little sense to me, but whatevz.

    Cayenne did not set off the current trend of high-end crossovers. The X5 did, followed by the ML. Jaguar is not more premium than those models.

    If Jaguar was smart, the E/F/J would line up with their sedan counterparts in size and class. The E Pace for example should be a true X3/GLC competitor. The F Pace needs to move up in size an proportion to tackle the Q7/X5 et al. while the J Pace would rival the X7 and GLS.
    As the Velar is a reskinned F Pace, the J Pace should be a reskinned Range Rover, lengthened if needed to have 3 rows.
    The folks who buy these things buy them in accordance with competition, because the purpose is to fit in not because there is an actual need.

  • john1168

    They should work on changing the stupid -Pace names.

    • Bob

      This!

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