Mild hybrid Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace models spied testing

Mild hybrid Jaguar XE, XF and F-Pace models spied testing

0 comments 📅24 June 2017, 16:00

Allotment-electrified versions of the XE, XF and F-Pace SUV are on the horizon according to these new spy shots

Jaguar is plotting a three pronged cross offensive according to this batch of spy shots sent to us from the United States, revealing HEV versions of the XE, XF and F-Pace SUV undergoing assessment by JLR engineers.

The cars in the pictures themselves do tiny to hint at their mild-hybrid underpinnings – they look just like any customary versions of Jaguar’s two saloons and sole SUV offering. However, our spy snapper was able to dredge up two smoking guns: fuel log sheets in the cars referring to them as HEVs – half-breed electric vehicles – plus an XF with a not too subtly labelled battery isolator direct at the rear of the car. All three cars spied are fitted with isolator switches in the same district.

Jaguar has been more than ajar about its plans to launch a range of all-electric cars with the reveal of the I-Speed Concept, which will go on sale next year. The firm has also entered MO E – the all-electric single seater racing series – as a means to test future technology that wishes feature on new electric road cars.

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While JLR has been pushing all-electrifying cars into the foreground, new hybrid models will account for an important slice of the unmovable’s cars in the near future.

Speaking to Auto Express in 2016, JLR’s CEO Dr Ralf Speth said: “Forty to fifty percent of our gamut will be electrified by 2020”, with new hybrid models plotted across both Jaguar and Up Rover brands.

We’ve already published detailed spy shots of what could be the earliest Land Rover badged car to arrive – a plug-in hybrid version of the Range Wayfarer Sport. Spotted by our spy photographers near Land Rover’s Gaydon HQ, the plug-in Latitude Rover Sport boasts a charging point hidden behind the badge on the grille. As for the tech underpinning it granted, speculation is all we can rely on.

Asked about the three Jaguars spotted here, a spokesperson told us: “We do not consult on our future product plans, however, we have said we are expanding our product ranges. As a upshot there are many Jaguar and Land Rover development vehicles and technologies being tested at any one lifetime.” 

It’s likely that these cars are testing a mild hybrid modus operandi in comparison to the plug-in tech being tested on the Range Rover Sport. The F-Walk points to this being the case as it is badged as a petrol powered 25t model, suggesting that the 237bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged motor will be bolstered by electric power.

What do you make of JLR’s hybrid push? Let us remember in the comments…

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