The Porsche Macan is getting another direct competitor, this time from a rival new to the SUV and crossover market.
The E-Pace compact crossover will become Jaguar's second utility vehicle next year. A third crossover, the battery-powered I-Pace, will join Jaguar's lineup after the E-Pace, but also next year.
Porsche created the successful template for high-performance utility vehicles — first with the Cayenne and then the Macan.
The F-Pace crossover, launched last year and Jaguar's first utility vehicle, has been one of the hottest-selling vehicles in the brand's history.
It's unclear what platform the E-Pace will ride on. But like the Macan, the E-Pace will be a high-performance crossover, Jaguar says.
"The combination of sports car looks with Jaguar performance will ensure that the E-Pace stands out," said Ian Callum, Jaguar director of design. "Every Jaguar is designed to excite the senses, and we think E-Pace will do just that, albeit with its own character."
Technical details have not been released, but Jaguar says the E-Pace will be available with the company's Ingenium gasoline engines. That means no V-6, no diesels and no hybrids — at least at launch. The most powerful four-cylinder Ingenium turbo engine this year is rated at 300 hp.
The E-Pace will come standard with all-wheel drive.
Jaguar will officially introduce it in London on July 13. It will start at $39,595 including shipping.