Jaguar tease the E-Pace

epaceteasermediasitecarouselJaguar have announced the existence of a smaller more compact version of the F-Pace. The E-Pace is a compact SUV similar to its Land Rover brother the Evoque on which it shares a base platform. The E-Pace is expected sometime in early 2018 where it will join the F-Pace and new electric SUV the I-Pace. Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar, said: “The combination of sports car looks with Jaguar performance will ensure that the E-PACE stands out. Every Jaguar is designed to excite the senses, and we think E-PACE will do just that, albeit with its own individual character.”

Jaguar E-PaceThe E-Pace has a projected price of £28,500 and Jaguar is hoping this new compact SUV leads to the same success of the F-Pace’s impressive 83% sales boost, and on a base level it should, a cheaper version of the already popular F-Pace, Jaguar could be onto an even bigger success than the F-Pace. Jaguar also say the AWD system was developed from is sports car divison meaning that a E-Pace R may also be on the cards in the future, but that is pure speculation and maybe a bit of hope on my part. The full reveal of the E-Pace will take place on the 13th of July.

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Land Rover is stealing the F-Pace

 

Range Rover Sport Coupe 1

The Jaguar F-Pace is a great car, fast comfortable and filled with the luxury only Jag could provide, that may be about to change though. Land Rover are planning on launching a new X6 rivalling Range Rover Sport Coupe, the car is said to be based off of the F-Pace’s design and could look frighteningly similar if spy shots are to be believed.

RR Sport Coupe

Underneath everything the RR Sport Coupe and the F-Pace will be the same, expect just a rebadged F-Pace if anything. The Sport Coupe is designed to sit in between the RR Sport and the Evoque with prices to match, although Autocar suggest that the RR Sport Coupe may have an electric option using the jaguar developed I-Pace EV system, but a hybrid powertrain is also expected along with the normal engines.

RR Sport Coupe 2

Whatever the RR Sport Coupe turns out to be it will most definitely another Chelsea tractor that will never turn a wheel off road in its life, similar to the F-Pace, these kinds of vehicles are just used to prove your status, with none of them actually being used for what their meant for. And unfortunately it looks like the new Defender is set to join this family of expensive luxury based on road giants.

(Photos courtesy of AutoCar)

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New cars spotted at the Nurburgring

Jag F pace

(Photos courtesy of Autocar)

Two new cars have been spotted at the Nurburgring this week an its not what you think, not the usual lightweight sports cars or all out track monster. Two 4×4 cross over type vehicles, why I don’t know. But Jaguar and Mini have been testing at the famous ring of death.

Jag F pace 2

Jaguar have been testing their new F-Pace cross over ahead of its reveal at the Frankfurt motor show, first of all I have to say I really don’t like the look of the F pace, its kind of like the Cayenne in that it looks like a vertically stretched sports car, ie: ugly. The F-Pace has been seen with a 3.0 litre Jag V6 but in the future we may see r version with the usual 5.0 litre V8 we have come to expect from the Jaguar sports division. The F-Pace is expected to have a price tag of between £35,000 and £50,000 and go up against the likes of the Porsche Macan and the BMW X4 in 2016.

Mini Countryman

Mini however were for some reason testing their new version of the Countryman around the ring. The 2016 Countryman appears to be a much lower riding car than the previous model, it almost appear to be a cross between the Countryman and the Clubman we saw at the Geneva motor show this year despite its larger dimensions than the previous Countryman, don’t worry its still ugly but what large cross over isn’t these days.

Finally why are they testing these at the Nurburgring, I understand testing them on the road but how many mothers on the way back from picking the kids up from school are going to head straight for the race track. These cars may be able to tackle the ring but why, just why?