Is Jaguar's Upcoming Full-Size J-Pace SUV a Diesel Hybrid?

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The rumors appear to be true and Jaguar is working on a full-size SUV model to be named J-Pace.

Spy photographers have caught a mule on a trailer that at first glance appears to be your run-of-the-mill Jaguar F-Pace. But upon closer inspection, the mule rides on a lengthened wheelbase and also features a reworked front fascia, a different front grille and a redesigned rear bumper. It also appears that the mule has a single exhaust tip placed on the left-hand side rear valance.

Considering the Jaguar F-Pace just hit the market, it would be a huge surprise to hear that the automaker is already working on a facelift. Knowing that, it’s more than likely that this prototype is serving as a mule for a larger SUV to take on the Audi Q7, Mercedes GLS and the upcoming BMW X7.

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The most interesting bit about the prototype is that the license plate is registered to a vehicle that is using an electric diesel powertrain, hinting that Jaguar is looking at a diesel-hybrid for its full-size SUV. The engine is noted to be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill that could be turbocharged, although that’s unclear.

The question remains: which platform will the Jaguar J-Pace ride on? Some suggest that it would utilize the XJ’s aluminum platform or Jaguar might even borrow something from Land Rover. Either way, expect to see the full-size Jaguar J-Pace to reach the market by 2019 as a 2020 model year.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Dosouth Dosouth on Jun 13, 2016

    Just a Range Rover Evoque in Jag clothing...nothing exciting about this. Tata has taken the life out of original design and style.

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