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The all-electric I-Pace SUV due for 2018 is pitched as a turnaround car.

It delivers 400 horsepower and battery life is 186,000 miles.  The I-Pace will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. Jaguar could launch a roomier, three-row version featuring a larger energy pack.

The E-Pace will make its debut in September at the Frankfurt show.

The next-generation XJ sedan, due in 2019, was planned to be an all-electric vehicle but there’s been a change of heart. “We thought long and hard about this,” admits an insider, “but the world may not yet be ready for a second EV from Jaguar.”

Under consideration now is a matrix architecture that packages internal combustion, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric powertrains. Design chief Ian Callum’s team initially pitched a sporty coupelike concept, but top management favors an elegant, long-wheelbase, three-box sedan aimed at China and the U.S. For the plug-in hybrid model, a 335-hp version of the new 2.0-litre Ingenium four-cylinder gasoline engine, supported by a 134-hp electric motor, is likely.

The next-generation F-Type, due for 2020, is the last of the new Jaguar cars on the immediate horizon. The coupe/roadster twins will grow in size to deliver more cabin space and will introduce new infotainment and connectivity features.

 

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