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Jaguar Land Rover is aiming to become a fully-electric brand, and on Jaguar’s side of things, their solution for a flagship SUV will be dubbed J-Pace, built around the same architecture as the next-gen XJ.

Production will reportedly kick off at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant, as part of JLR’s £1 billion investment for the development of electric vehicles – the site will eventually churn out all of the British carmaker’s fully electric models.

In order to give the Tesla Model X a run of its money, the J-Pace will have to offer a maximum WLTP range of roughly 300 miles (482 km). It will also come with all-wheel drive (obviously), plus a platform that is said to hold batteries as large as 100 kWh, although smaller options will be available.

Read: Jaguar Land Rover Considering A Hydrogen Fuel Cell SUV

According to AutoExpress, the J-Pace will adopt certain styling elements from the I-Pace, but its profile will resemble that of the F-Pace, meaning it will be more traditional-looking. Meanwhile, defining features will include a closed off grille and sleek LED headlights – typical Jaguar.

While the J-Pace will hold down the fort as Jaguar’s flagship car, the company’s design boss, Julian Thompson, is also interested in smaller vehicles: “I would love to do smaller Jaguars,” he said. “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.”

As of right now, the smallest non-sports car Jaguar builds is the E-Pace crossover.

Note: Jaguar C-X17 Concept pictured


Bentley is pushing for its forthcoming electric sedan to be assembled at its headquarters in Crewe, UK.

The car manufacturer’s new model is tipped to be based on the VW Group’s new Project Artemis architecture whose development is being led by Audi.

Details about Bentley’s Project Artemis-based EV are limited but company chief executive Adrian Hallmark told Autocar in a recent interview that the company wants to have the EV assembled and finished in the UK.

Read More: Bentley’s First EV Will Be A High-Riding Saloon With EXP 100 GT Styling

“We are part of a group so we must prove we are the best option, but from a brand point of view, it is our mission to ensure everything can be built here,” Hallmark said. “Yes, it is feasible that we may get coated, unpainted bodies and then do the rest of the work – all the way through to the bespoke trim and interiors, but we have a proud record of adding value on the site that is exceptional. Today, I can say that the mission for this car is to have it in Crewe.”

Speaking about the new Project Artemis project more broadly, Hallmark said the fact that the automaker has been involved in the development of the architecture from day one will help it moving forward.

“Artemis is a derivative of a new electrical architecture. It will be the basis for multiple products in different segments. With our current cars, we had to get into engineering largely after the architecture had been done. We had to add bits as well as engineer the architecture for Bentley. With this new one [Artemis], we’re right in at the beginning defining what it needs to achieve for us. We’re a benefactor of it and paying a contribution, so we can give detailed engineering requirements from day one so it makes industrialization much easier for the company.”

The new generation BMW 4-Series Convertible will launch in Australia early next year with three powertrain options and a recommended starting price of AU$89,900 (US$68,437) for the base model, which is equipped with the M Sport Package as standard.

The range will kick off with the 420i, which uses a 135 kW (184 PS / 181 HP) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder. Standard gear includes 19-inch wheels, front sports seats with heating, leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, head-up display, smartphone integration, wireless charging pad and digital radio.

Starting at AU$107,900 (US$82,140), the 430i Convertible also packs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine, but with 190 kW (258 PS / 255 HP) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It sprints from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.2 seconds (420i: 8.2 seconds) and comes with features like Adaptive M Suspension, M Sport Brakes, Comfort Access, Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus, including the Surround View with Top View and Side View.

Watch Also: Is The 2021 BMW M440i A Bit Too Soft For A Sports Coupe?

The range-topper is the M440i xDrive, which is powered by a 285 kW (387 PS / 382 HP) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) 3.0-liter straight-six TwinPower Turbo engine that enables it to hit the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark in 4.9 seconds. This variant features all-wheel drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Pricing starts at AU$135,900 (US$103,455) and it is equipped with grippy tires, M Sport differential, Cerium Grey accents for the grille, side mirror caps and tailpipes, ambient lighting, Air Collar and a Harman Kardon premium audio.

The Visibility Package, which is available for the 420i and 430i versions of the new 4-Series Convertible, adds ambient lighting and BMW Laserlight and costs AU$4,300 (US$3,273) when configured with the standard metallic paintwork or AU$5,900 (US$4,491) with the optional BMW Individual paint finish. The Comfort Package brings the Air Collar, Comfort Access and heated steering wheel for the 420i and is priced at AU$2,600 (US$1,979), while for the 430i it costs AU$1,700 (US$1,294). Exclusive to the entry-level model, the Driver’s Assistant Package costs AU$3,770 (US$2,870) and consists of Parking Assistant Plus, Driving Assistant Professional and tire pressure monitoring.

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