Jaguar Turns To Magna Steyr To Build Upcoming I-Pace Electric SUV

7 months ago by Steven Loveday 12

Jaguar I-Pace at the Los Angeles Auto Show (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Jaguar has confirmed, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, that it will build the upcoming I-Pace electric SUV in Austria, in partnership with Magna Steyr. A contract was signed between the companies back in July 2015, however, at that time Jaguar/Land Rover (JLR) made no mention as to which models would be built by Magna Steyr. Also, the I-Pace wasn’t on the official radar at that time (just a few months back, the vehicle was still mostly a mystery, and being referred to by the automotive press as the E-Pace). JLR premiered the vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week.

Inside the Jaguar I-Pace

Inside the Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUV

JLR Ceo Ralph Speth did make it official that Magna Steyr will build two of the company’s vehicles at the Graz, Austria location. He also confirmed that one would, in fact, be the Jaguar I-Pace. However, Speth didn’t divulge the specifics of the other vehicle. A second electric vehicle? A Land Rover electric vehicle? Another of Land Rover’s upcoming offerings?

The I-Pace is scheduled to hit the market worldwide about halfway through 2018, just in time for a handful of competitors’ electric offerings.

Magna uses the facilities in Graz, Austria to build the Mercedes G-Class and the Mini Countryman. Soon, the plant will begin building the BMW 5 series. Upgrades and expansions are already underway in order to facilitate the two JLR builds. IHS Automotive is projecting about 13,000 Jaguar I-Pace Electric SUVs in 2019.

Source: Autonews

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12 responses to "Jaguar Turns To Magna Steyr To Build Upcoming I-Pace Electric SUV"

  1. SJC says:

    “however, at that time Jaguar/Land Rover (JLR) made no mention as to which models would be built by Magna Steyr.”
    The media seems to think that everything must be disclosed to them, it does not.

  2. William says:

    I bet all 13,000 Jaguar I-Pace SUV’s find homes quickly in 2019. This affordable EV SUV segment, will be the hardest but to crack for the existing ICE manufactures. Who will be the first under $50 K? Probably not Jaguar.

    1. wavelet says:

      “affordable EV SUV segment”? That’s an oxymoron. It’s a vehicle with the size and battery capacity of the Tesla X — it can’t be made for much cheaper than the X, certainly not by a non-high-volume manufacturer (Jaguar makes ~80K car/year total — about what Tesla will have made this year, and it’s unlikely more than a small fraction will be electric).

      And anyway, SUV’s reason to exist is mostly conspicuous consumption.

  3. William says:

    “Nut To Crack”

  4. CLIVE says:

    The real question is why is edit non existent ?!?

    If they can build well for BMW, they can build well for Jag.

  5. Jelloslug says:

    Magna is a larger car company than most car companies.

    1. Yogurt says:

      Outsourcing is one way to put your company out of business down the line…
      It worked out real well for all of the US computer companies of which only Dell and HP are still around but they no longer build computers themselves…
      Yes there are Apples but they are more of a fashion statement…

      1. Aaron says:

        Apple doesn’t assemble their own computers (or iPhones or iPads) either, with the exception of the venerable Mac Pro.

        Even if Apple products are fashion statements (which I personally disagree with), Apple is making money from their products while other PC manufacturers are struggling.

        Magna Steyr also makes the Minis for BMW. Outsourcing can help companies, such as BMW, focused on core products, leaving specialized products to Magna to build for them.

      2. bogdan says:

        After they outsourced every part, they are outsourcing the whole car now.
        They aren’t capable of making cars anymore.

  6. Modeller says:

    JLR has run out of production capacity so Magna makes sense.

  7. James says:

    What is this vehicle’s purpose?

    Some have said it challenges Model X. That’s not true. It’s a very expensive 2 row crossover ( or tall station wagon ). Will it sell to a few NBA basketball players and affluent large people? Sure. Is it a family hauler? Nope.

    We can assume Tata/Jag is going to revise- redesign this car as a 3-row luxury crossover. Then we can talk. As it sits in this form, it’s an attractive design exercise that makes no sense for most people, affluent or not.

    Plus – there’s the grille. It’s huge, and it’s noble-looking if you’re stuck on the idea that a car needs a grille to have a bold “face”. Truly, there are many in the car-buying world that believe this – and will buy a car based on this image. What I see is a vertical wall to push air with. Put fancy grille shutters on it, as they surely would – it still is huge, and flat verticle!

    So while there’s much talk about the I Pace, I think it makes zero sense as a tall station wagon from a luxe brand with 24″ wheels – just because it looks cool and kind of reminds us of a sexier Model X.

    Rich people still demand utility. I hope
    Jag does not build this car in this
    form or they are up for a big expensive
    dud.

  8. speculawyer says:

    Is this the same Magna that did the Ford Focus Electric?

    If so, they better demand much better work than THAT.