Should Jaguar Really Skip Hybridization And Build An Electric CUV Straight Away?


A new report states the E-Pace is in development.

Automobile Magazine is reporting that Jaguar is indeed working on an all-electric model currently called E-Pace. If that sounds familiar it's because Jaguar just unveiled its first SUV, the F-Pace, a month or so ago at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. We also reported on the possibility of an electric Jag SUV earlier in the year. According to Automobile Magazine's sources, the goal is to create something slightly smaller than the Audi Q6 E-tron that was shown at Frankfurt. It also needs to be highly aerodynamic.

Apparently the goal is a drag coefficient of 0.28. All those smooth lines and aerodynamic bits should help the E-Pace's max range, a range which would need to at least equal the Tesla Model X's if not beat it outright. According to Automobile Magazine a total of 20,000 E-Paces would need to be moved per year in order for the model to turn a profit. Frankly, an all-electric CUV doesn't seem like the best idea to us. We're all for electric cars but Jaguar doesn't even offer a hybrid in its lineup. Why go all-in on electric power when you can dip your toes in the water with hybridization? If Land Rover is leading the charge than it might work, but Jaguar might want to make sure it gets the F-Pace right before it pulls the trigger on the E-Pace.

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