J-Pace? Most of us were very excited when we first saw the C-X75 concept, and waited anxiously while the car was radically developed, only to be massively disappointed with the announcement it would not go into production.
Our understanding is that some of those prototypes have been quietly sold to private collectors, but it was little comfort when it was also revealed many elements of the C-X75 would find their way into production models.
Now though has come the revelation that Jaguar may well be building a supercar, and it could be named the J-Pace. According to Auto Express in the UK: “Jaguar still reportedly has plans to put a mid-engine supercar into production. It could replace the current F-Type.
“With unclear sourcing, Jaguar wants to replace the F-Type with a hybrid mid-engine supercar utilising some of the battery and motor technology it developed for the all-electric I-Pace. There are dreams of it taking on the McLaren 570S and Audi R8. The successor to the Jaguar F-Type will embrace hybrid technology and go mid-engined when it launches around 2022, Auto Express can exclusively reveal. And further down the line, Jag could launch a fully-electric version to rival the forthcoming Porsche Taycan.
“The mechanical make-up of the car is yet to be finalised, but it’s expected that at least two electric motors, one on each axle to give four-wheel drive, will supplement a mid-mounted V6 engine. If it is to be competitive, a power figure upwards of 550bhp is likely, placing it among competitors such as the McLaren 570S and Audi R8.
“By ‘replace,’ one has to assume this hybrid supercar will be a lot more expensive than the F-Type. The report also indicates the platform will be developed with the capability to go fully-electric. Since the new car would be completely different from the F-Type, it is suggested Jaguar could label it the J-Type, based on recent trademark applications.”