There are plenty of rumors about the arrival of Jaguar’s second crossover SUV, but this time we have the actual proof. This what you see here might look like the latest Land Rover Evoque, but as a matter of fact, it is the future luxury compact crossover from Jaguar. The new vehicle will go into the production sometime 2017 or early 2018, so it should be named the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace. Since the testing mule uses Evoque’s body, we can’t tell anything about the actual design, but just the newest rumors about it.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Gets Sleek and Dynamic Design
The prototype may look like the Evoque, but it is quite obvious that the 2018 E-Pace crossover tries to be completely different. The testing mule has wider track and longer wheelbase, while the exterior styling should be significantly more modern and luxurious. The new compact SUV will likely adopt pretty similar styling as the larger F-Pace. The impressive design will get an amazing front end with smooth lines, interesting headlights and large intakes. In addition, the bodylines will strive to be highly dynamic and sleek, while the new alloy-intensive platform should bring necessary fuel efficiency.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace Engines: Possibly An All-Electric Drivetrain
We are not so sure what to think about the engine options of the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace. It is sure that the car manufacturer could include a new three-cylinder unit, and definitely most of the new Ingenium four-cylinder options. On the other hand, there are rumors about the plug-in hybrid and electric model, which would be an answer on the new Tesla Model X and Audi’s future Q6 all-electric SUV. This all-electric drivetrain will surely explain letter “E” in the name of the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace. The rumored drivetrain will reportedly feature front and rear electric motors and a battery pack, while the estimated power should be around 300 horsepower.
Price and Rivals
However, despite the possible EV E-Pace that could compete with Tesla’s X crossover, the car manufacturer will probably try to compete with German’s compact SUVs. Because of that, we expect the base model to cost roughly as the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, or more precisely around $35,000.