What It Is: Jaguar practically went 100 years with out constructing a single SUV or crossover, however now that the gates have opened by the F-Tempo, they could as effectively be taken off the hinges. Following the enthusiastic reception given to that SUV, Jaguar is hoping to maintain up the, uh, tempo by absolutely committing to the pattern. Within the close to future, Jaguar will triple its utility-vehicle presence by launching the all-electric I-Tempo crossover, in addition to the E-Tempo pictured right here: primarily a child F-Tempo, a lot in the identical approach the XE sedan is a smaller sibling to the XF.
Why It Issues: Via Could of this yr, Jaguar has bought practically as many F-Paces as the remainder of the lineup mixed. The crossover thirst is actual, and as a lot as we love the F-type sports activities automobile, it’s not going to maintain the lights on within the workplace. Excessive-riding practicality will.
In these camo’d spy pictures, through which the E-Tempo confusingly wears a Minnesota license plate, we get the clearest views but of the inside, albeit in right-hand-drive kind. And although a lot of the cabin has black coverings hiding the supplies and design, a joystick shifter pulled from the F-type sports activities automobile stands out. That’s a departure from the remainder of the Jaguar and Land Rover lineups, which use pop-up rotary gear selectors.
Platform: The quick overhangs on this prototype give fact to the concept the E-Tempo will share its underpinnings with two company family, the front-drive-based Land Rover Discovery Sport and Vary Rover Evoque. Although it has an upright look in these pictures, the E-Tempo seems to be prefer it’ll have a smooth, curvaceous design with a roofline that slopes, coupe-like, towards the rear. Stylistically, Jaguar and Land Rover have been on a roll, and this mannequin ought to look as sultry as every other mannequin from the corporate when it debuts.
The spy pictures additionally present the primary have a look at the way in which the hatchback opens. In contrast to another small crossovers which have rear openings that wrap round into the rear quarters, the E-Tempo has a small, rounded-off liftgate. The liftover peak seems to be pretty tall for a small crossover, however shouldn’t make loading unduly troublesome.
Powertrain: This phase depends closely on turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and the E-Tempo probably can be no completely different. The Discovery Sport and Evoque are each set to make use of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium turbocharged inline-four that makes 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. We anticipate that engine to be employed right here, and for its energy to be put to the bottom by a nine-speed computerized gearbox and all-wheel drive.
Competitors:Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30, Lexus NX, Mercedes-Benz GLA-class.
Estimated Arrival and Value: The E-Tempo must be unveiled this summer season, forward of occurring sale within the winter. A majority of the phase is priced within the low-to-mid $30Ok vary, and we anticipate the E-Tempo to equally fall in line.