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Jaguar planning larger ‘J-PACE’ SUV, above F-PACE

July 20, 2016

The new Jaguar F-Pace has only just landed in Australia, but already there is talk of a bigger brother joining the lineup in the next few years known as the J-Pace.

2016 Jaguar F-PACE

According spy shots in the media, Jaguar looks well into the development stages of the new ‘J-Pace’ SUV. Although the name is yet to be confirmed, prototypes show larger overall dimensions than the F-Pace, signalling Jag’s intention to take on more of the premium off-roaders from Germany.

With SUVs being as popular as they are at the moment, it certainly doesn’t come as a surprise that carmakers are going to want to keep their showrooms competitive. As such, Jaguar is expecting the new F-Pace (pictured) to become the brand’s best-seller, especially here in Australia.

As for the J-Pace, it’s expected to take on the size of the big daddys, like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and new Audi Q7. It’s understood it will be underpinned by a stretched version of Jaguar’s new aluminium platform, also used on the F-Pace.

There’s been no news on the powertrain front just yet, but as we recently heard Jaguar is looking to replace the current crop of widely-used 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engines. These are set to be replaced by inline sixes and fours. Jaguar is yet to announce anything official.

Speculations also suggest Jaguar might offer a hybrid package with the large SUV. Interestingly, this could be matched up to a diesel engine (are you listening, Lexus?). This would provide superior torque and economy over a petrol unit.

We shouldn’t get too excited just yet though as the J-Pace isn’t tipped to arrive until around 2019. A smaller SUV might be on the cards by that stage as well.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.