Every upcoming Jaguar and Land Rover model previewed
Jaguar Land Rover is planning to introduce at least seven new models in the next three years – here's what we know about each of them so far...
Whether you're in the market for a new electric SUV or a high-end sports car, chances are that Jaguar or Land Rover will have something to tempt you within the next few years. Although the company has already had a busy period over the last year, launching new models including the reborn Land Rover Defender and Range Rover Evoque, as well as facelifting others including the Jaguar E-Pace SUV and XF luxury saloon, it already has a slew of all-new models waiting in the wings.
Below, we take a look at what's coming and when.
Jaguar J-Pace | 2021
The J-Pace will join Jaguar's existing line-up of SUVs which began with the F-Pace back in 2016, but now also includes the smaller E-Pace and the fully electric I-Pace. Intended to compete with luxury SUV rivals including the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90, the J-Pace will be sold first as a plug-in hybrid. Based on new underpinnings that will eventually form the basis of all Jaguar and Land Rover cars, the J-Pace will use a conventional six-cylinder petrol engine to power its front wheels, while two electric motors power the rears. This system will still give the J-Pace good off-road ability, but is substantially lighter – and therefore more efficient – than the mechanical four-wheel drive systems used in today's cars.
Although there's no word on the J-Pace's electric-only driving range, engineers are said to be targeting at least 50 miles. That would allow the J-Pace to compare favourably with the BMW X5 xDrive45e, which can travel for up to 54 miles without using a drop of fuel. A pure electric version of the J-Pace is also planned, with an expected range of around 300 miles.
In terms of styling, expect the J-Pace to adopt a similarly swept-back look to the I-Pace, as well as using Jaguar Land Rover's latest Pivi infotainment system inside, set out over dual screens. A digital instrument cluster will be standard, while in the boot there should be at least 700 litres of storage space – more than the F-Pace, and competitive next to other luxury SUVs. Jaguar isn't focussed on making the J-Pace have a mammoth footprint, however – that job is being left to the Range Rover.
Range Rover | Summer 2021
The Range Rover is a byword for luxury SUVs, and despite being one of the older models in the class, the current car still gets a respectable four-star rating on our road test. The next Range Rover, however, will take a big leap forward in terms of both technology and price. Late-stage prototypes have recently been spotted testing, showing that the new model will keep the fairly boxy shape for which the Range Rover has become known, and will continue to be offered in both standard and long-wheelbase forms.
Built on new underpinnings that are said to bring a boost in reliability – Land Rover has consistently performed poorly in our annual Reliability Surveys – the new Range Rover will be sold with conventional petrol and diesel engines, as well as with multiple plug-in hybrid options. Expect the plug-in hybrid variants to travel for around 50 miles without using a drop of fuel. A pure electric version of the car is also under consideration, but is likely to only be sold in limited numbers in key markets – for example in Asia, with the car aimed at city dwellers.
As well as showcasing the best self-driving and driver assistance technology that Land Rover has to offer, the new Range Rover will also feature a high-quality, luxurious interior with at least the same amount of passenger and boot space as today's car. Key rivals for the new Range Rover will include the Mercedes-Maybach GLS and BMW X7.
Jaguar XJ | Late 2021
The next Jaguar XJ will represent a significant departure from the previous car, transforming from a luxury saloon to a high-performance electric car. With direct rivals including the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S, Jaguar is targeting a range of around 300 miles on the WLTP test cycle – eight more than the I-Pace can manage and competitive next to both of its key rivals. Power comes from two electric motors
As well as changing what powers the XJ, Jaguar is also changing how it looks. The four-door saloon shape of the current car will give way to a more svelte five-door shape, which should please families because such a layout typically improves access to the boot area. Recent spy images of XJ prototypes in testing have revealed the car will have a heavily raked roofline, short boot lid and thin LED light clusters at the front and rear. Indeed, a single teaser image revealed by Jaguar last year showed an LED light bar running across the full width of the car at the rear.
As a range-topping car for Jaguar, we can expect the interior of the next XJ to be awash in high-quality materials, including leather and wood trim, as well as featuring a large central infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster. Expect plenty of room for both front and rear passengers to stretch out, as well as the latest self-driving and safety tech.
Range Rover Sport | Late 2021
As surely as night follows day, a new Range Rover Sport will make an appearance soon after the new Range Rover goes on sale. Like its larger sibling, it's expected to be built on new underpinnings that both improve reliability and open up more options for electrified versions. It will be sold with the option of plug-in hybrid power, as well as with conventional petrol engines, and unlike the full-size Range Rover will also offer seating for up to seven people inside.
Baby Defender | 2022
This addition to the Land Rover family will be big news when it reaches showrooms, because while the new Defender has a starting price of £42,920, this new, smaller model will be significantly cheaper, with Land Rover targeting a price close to £25,000.
With styling that draws heavily on the Defender, the new model will feature more of a stripped back interior, as well as less space and equipment. The new model is likely to receive a name not yet seen within Land Rover, potentially kick-starting a sub-brand of more affordable models from the company.
Competing with family SUVs including the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Volvo XC40, the new car will primarily be sold with a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and front-wheel drive, although versions with four-wheel drive and plug-in hybrid power should follow later.
Road Rover | 2022
Pitching at rivals including the next-generation Porsche Macan and Audi E-tron, the Road Rover will be Land Rover's first fully electric car, as well as its first electric SUV. Although the model won't be called the Road Rover when it enters production, the nameplate is intended to signify that this Land Rover will be more about comfort and luxury than off-road prowess. The sister car to the next Jaguar XJ, the Road Rover will use that car's underpinnings — including its dual electric motors, which provide four-wheel drive when needed. Land Rover is understood to be targeting a range of around 300 miles on the WLTP test cycle – eight more than the existing Jaguar I-Pace can manage.
With the largest interior and boot space of any Land Rover model, getting your family and all of their luggage into the Road Rover should be a doddle. Height-adjustable air suspension should be standard, too, so that getting into the car won't be a stretch for passenger and pet alike. The Road Rover will become a new flagship for Land Rover, and as such will be priced at the very top of the manufacturer's line-up, with prices expected to start from around £90,000.
Jaguar F-Type | 2023
While the future of the F-Type sports car isn't as solid as for most other Jaguars, the company is understood to be pushing ahead with a second generation, which would take styling cues and a new mid-engined layout from the C-X75 concept car seen in 2013.
The next-generation F-Type would compete directly against the Porsche 911, and is likely to be offered with both conventional engines and as a plug-in hybrid. In fact, one of the biggest decisions Jaguar has yet to take with the F-Type is whether to keep the car powered by hybrid or combustion engines, or whether to make it a fully electric car. Given how many electric models Jaguar will have on sale by the time the F-Type is available in showrooms, the former option is preferred.