According to several sources, Jaguar’s first all-electric vehicle will be a crossover, likely to be badged E-Pace (see our rendering above). Expect a low, flowing silhouette, a steeply raked windscreen, and a tapered rear end. Imagine a sleeker, slightly smaller version of Audi’s Q6 E-tron concept from this year’s Frankfurt auto show, and you’re close. Both active and passive aerodynamic aids should help the E-Pace get to a targeted drag coefficient of 0.28, which would make it one of the world’s most aerodynamic crossovers, if not the most aerodynamic. To be assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, the zero-emission Jaguar would need to find at least 20,000 takers per year to turn a profit.
Before that happens, both Jaguar and its sibling, Land Rover, will be updating their conventional powertrain portfolios by phasing out the dated V-6 engine in favor of an all-new inline-six. (Quite frankly, we didn’t expect anything less from a top management team trained and still strongly influenced by BMW.) Derived from the state-of-the-art Ingenium family of engines and due in late 2017, the new six-cylinder is a direct-injected, turbocharged 3.0-liter unit that will be offered in both gas and diesel forms. Power output will eventually be staggered in three stages, with numbers in the area of 300, 400, and 500 hp for gas, 275, 335, and 400 hp for diesel. The lighter, lower-emission, more-efficient straight-six will perfectly complement Jaguar’s trademark rear-wheel-drive platforms and will be equally well suited for the bigger Land Rover and Range Rover models.