- Jaguar has confirmed a number of new models after showing them to World Car of the Year jurors.
- A large J-Pace SUV and replacements for the XE and the F-type are all in the cards.
- Jaguar also says that "baby Jags" called the A-Pace or B-Pace are possibilities.
At the New York auto show earlier this year, the Jaguar I-Pace swept the 2019 World Car of the Year awards, winning World Car Design of the Year, World Green Car, and the most coveted World Car of the Year. Since then, Jag has been parading the I-Pace around on a victory tour, with the latest stop being to the company's design studio in Coventry, England, where it showed many of its upcoming models to the WCOTY jurors.
One of those upcoming models is something we've already known about, the all-electric next-gen XJ sedan. But the other cars that Jag mentions are even more interesting. The first new model (although not necessarily the first to get revealed) is the J-Pace SUV, something that has been potentially in the pipeline for years. This will be larger than the mid-size F-Pace, competing with the likes of the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. We expect the J-Pace to ride on the same new platform as the XJ EV and use the brand's new inline-six engine.
Jaguar confirmed that both the XE sedan and the F-type sports car will be getting "replacements," although it doesn't say whether these models will be direct next-gen models or something slightly different. The XE was just facelifted for 2020, so a new generation is still at least a few years off. We recently saw spy photos of a facelift for the F-type, which should debut by the end of the year, but it's unclear if this is the F-type replacement that Jaguar is talking about. Previous rumors have pointed to an all-electric second generation of the F-type, something we think is likely, given that the XJ is becoming an EV as well.
Finally, in a bit of a surprise move, Jaguar mentioned that "considerably less expensive 'baby Jags'" that could be called the A-Pace or B-Pace haven't been ruled out. Given that these models are mentioned along with the other cars that the WCOTY jurors were shown, we think they are at least partway through the initial design phase. Jaguar said the baby Jags will be eligible for the World Urban Car award in the next decade, putting them in the same size class as cars such as the Kia Soul.
The electric XJ should be revealed by the end of 2019, but the debut dates for these other new models are unclear. We think the J-Pace is the most likely to come next, possibly debuting next year as a 2021 model. The cars shown to the jurors will be the last to be designed or influenced by Ian Callum, who recently left the company after 20 years and was the one presenting the new models.
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