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Tony O'Kane | Oct, 27 2015 | 1 Comment

The paint isn't even dry yet on Jaguar's F-Pace crossover wagon, but rumours are already circulating that the English automaker may be planning an eco-friendly spinoff based on its high-riding newcomer.

According the US magazine Automobile Jaguar is prepping an all-electric version of the F-Pace for a global debut, with its marketing team supposedly settling on "E-Pace" as the car's moniker.

The rumour is hardly surprising, however. With Tesla launching its Model X crossover and Audi testing the waters with its Q6 e-tron Concept, the idea that Jaguar may throw its hat into the EV SUV ring isn't much of a bombshell.

Indeed, when the company unveilled its flexible iQ aluminium chassis architecture, the iQ platform's ability to accommodate an all-electric powertrain was specifically mentioned. Clearly, electrification is a key part of Jaguar's long-term product plan.

Automobile's report says that production of the E-Pace will be contracted to Magna Steyr and take place in Austria rather than on the F-Pace's assembly line in Solihull in the UK, with annual sales of 20,000 units deemed to be the break-even point for the model.

Would Jaguar have 20,000 customers lining up for an E-Pace? It's hard to say, given the only technical detail in Automobile's report is that a coefficient of drag of 0.28 is being targeted.

We don't know how fast it will be, how far it will travel, how quickly it will charge up or - crucially - how much it will cost or when it will debut. We'll be keeping an eye out for further details, but until then don't hold your breath for an electric Jag.

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