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We Hear: Jaguar F-Pace to be Followed by Smaller, Sporty SUVs

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/24/2015 Erick Ayapana

The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace will finally add a much-needed crossover to the automaker’s lineup once it arrives next year. And if Jaguar is smart, it will build on the F-Pace’s momentum and expand its family of crossovers to fill as many segments and niches as possible.

Autocar speculates Jaguar is planning to do just that, with a focus on small and sporty crossover. This is in line with the story we broke regarding the possibility of a smaller Jaguar SUV called the E-Pace that would slot below the F-Pace. With the F-Pace taking on the midsize segment, Autocar suggests that Jag’s next order of business will be a subcompact crossover to take on the Audi Q1, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Lexus NX. The automaker believes there is stronger demand in this segment compared to the subcompact hatch or sedan. Benz is employing this exact strategy in the U.S. where it has chosen to sell the GLA crossover, but not the A-Class hatch, both of which share the same platform. Competing in this segment, however, would require a front-drive chassis that doesn't yet exist in Jaguar's arsenal. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Additionally, the report suggests Jaguar would then concentrate on sporty and sleek-looking crossovers to compete with the “coupe-like” models from Benz and BMW. That includes the possibility of coupe variants to take on the X3-based X4 and GLC coupe.

Despite previous rumors, this report suggests Jaguar will not develop a large, three-row model. Instead, Jag will focus its efforts on high-performance models like R and SVR variants to take on BMW’s M and Benz’s AMG SUVs. For some green-cred, an all-electric crossover is also in the automaker’s future plans.

Soruce: Autocar

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