22.12.2020New electric Jaguar will be built in Castle Bromwich
To rival the likes of the Tesla Model X, Jaguar is working on a new all-electric SUV that will sit above the I-Pace. The J-Pace will be built on the same MLA architecture as the next-generation Jaguar XJ and Range Rover.
The MLA platform was built to support petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and fully electric power. This nods to Jaguar’s new-found focus on electrifying its line up. The J-Pace will be electric-only and will be built at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory, which recently was transformed to produce all the brand’s electric models.
The former head of Renault, Theirry Bolloré, is now holding the reins at Jaguar Land Rover and part of this recent management shake-up means that there will be more focus on electric vehicles. Recently, Jaguar invested £1bn into the to develop its electric line up.
While we don’t know much about the J-Pace just yet, we do know it’ll be larger than the I-Pace, perhaps closer to the size of the internal-combustion-engine F-Pace. To compete with the Tesla Model X, it’ll need a range of around 300 miles, and four-wheel drive is expected. The MLA platform can support 100kWh batteries but it’s likely the J-Pace will be offered with a range of battery options.
The J-Pace is expected to launch as a 2021 model.