Jaguar’s all-electric SUV due in 2018

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12 Feb, 2016 10:59am John McIlroy

Jaguar has delayed the arrival of its electric SUV until 2018 but we could still see it before the end of this year.

Jaguar's radical all-electric SUV has been put on ice, perhaps until 2018, after the firm shelved plans to give the car a public debut at this autumn's Paris Motor Show.

The much-rumoured Tesla Model X fighter was intended to sit above the Jaguar F-Pace in the line-up, carrying a price tag of around £70,000 and offering more dramatic styling than many mainstream rivals, such as Audi's forthcoming Q6 e-tron.

The car is still expected to make production - most likely at Magna Steyr's facility in Graz, Austria - but Auto Express understands that a proposed reveal at this autumn's Paris Motor Show has been knocked back. Jaguar Land Rover is gearing up to launch the next generation of the Discovery at the event, and is said to have decided to postpone the all-electric Jaguar SUV's reveal to allow the big Land Rover a clearer run of publicity.

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The decision does not automatically mean that the Jaguar won't make production in 2017 - the car could conceivably appear at this year's Los Angeles Motor Show in late autumn - but if a public debut slips much beyond that slot, it's likely to bring the Jaguar's on-sale date more closely into line with the Audi's. Both of these cars will therefore be well behind Tesla's Model X; early customers have already taken delivery of their examples of the gullwing-doored SUV, and full production ramp-up is expected over the next 12 months.

Jaguar recently registered the I-Pace and I-Type names, prompting speculation that these could be linked to the all-electric SUV. Auto Express believes that the registration is purely a case of Jaguar 'fencing off' the names for future use - although there's an outside chance that one of them could feature as part of the firm's Formula E race programme, which starts in September this year.

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