Sunday, February 5, 2023
News Smaller Electric Jag to go After Tesla Model 3: Report

Smaller Electric Jag to go After Tesla Model 3: Report

Jaguar bosses want a smaller EV to compete in a growing market

  • Baby Jag EV would compete with Tesla, Polestar, growing number of automakers

  • Could use same electric platform as next XJ


Jaguar will be adding some more Pace to its lineup, says a new report. One of the first things the new company boss will need to do will be to look at the idea of a smaller electric vehicle to join the company’s growing electrified lineup and compete with the likes of the Tesla Model 3.

The British automaker is already enjoying the success of the electric Jaguar I-Pace, and a replacement for the company’s flagship XJ sedan is set to arrive next year as a full electric. There is also a larger J-Pace crossover expected and a Range Rover sibling, but, as Auto Express reports, there is plenty of room for a smaller vehicle in the pen.

“A small electric Jag would be great – we need to think about that,” Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director Nick Rogers told the publication. “That’s a really cool space that ideally we want to be in, and ideally our customers want us to be in – and it’s extremely relevant at this time.”

Jaguar’s design head, Julian Thomson also likes the idea of a smaller model, telling Auto Express that “I would love to do smaller Jaguars. I think, reflecting on what’s happening around the world, I would love to do cars which are smaller, more efficient and have all the inherent values of a Jaguar, which are a beautiful thing to look at, with a fantastic interior, and are just great to drive – I’d love to do smaller cars like that.”

The report says insiders claim a smaller EV sedan is in the works, using the automaker’s upcoming electric architecture, though with crossover sales eclipsing sedans, a smaller one of those would make a lot of sense for Jaguar as well.

 

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