Rumors of an additional Jaguar SUV have swirled for some time, but the luxury brand has now confirmed the J-Pace will be the brand’s next SUV. Leveraging an all-new architecture, the J-pace will be the brand’s midsize luxury SUV.
Motor Authority reports Jaguar has confirmed the J-Pace at a recent event where is actually previewed the new SUV with members of the media, marking the first official confirmation of its existence. Details of the J-Pace were not discussed, but Jaguar did confirm it will ride on Jaguar Land Rover’s new modular architecture, known as MLA.
The MLA will first debut on the revived Land Rover Defender, but it will also underpin the next-generation Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Eventually most of Jaguar Land Rover’s products will leverage this architecture, which will support mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric powertrains.
Speaking out powertrains, the J-Pace is expected to launch with both mild and plug-in hybrid variants. A battery-electric version cannot be ruled out for the future, particularly given the fact Jaguar expects 20 percent of new vehicles sales to be electric by 2025.
Jaguar has not confirmed when the J-Pace will arrive to market. Previous rumors indicated the SUV will arrive in 2021. Once it arrives, it will compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5, likely offering a third row seat option.