Some new patents filed by Jaguar could hint to an F-Pace-like coupe called the C-Pace.
Love them or hate them, crossovers are here to stay. Now, it seems we can add Jaguar to the list of manufacturers doubling down on the form and adding another crossover to their expanding SUV lineup. As of July 9, 2018, the British luxury builder has filed for a trademark on the name "C-Pace" with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
The move should come as no surprise following the success of the large F-Pace and smaller E-Pace SUV models, as well as the recently revealed electric I-Pace model. Based on Jaguar’s emerging practice of names based on letters, the C-Pace would seem to slot in at a smaller size than even the E-Pace, which is already considered about as small as an SUV can get in the United States.
Sharing a platform with either the F-Pace and the E-Pace could be another route, following in the footsteps of BMW’s X3/X4 and X5/X6 sibling pairs, or the Audi Q7/Q8 SUV/coupe blend. In that case, a C-Pace might just be an F-Pace with a raked rear end. (It seems less likely the E-Pace would be shaved down, given its already somewhat sleek profile.)
The C-Pace trademark was filed by Jaguar Land Rover Limited, which further suggests the ability of the joint brands’ likelihood to share the underlying platforms with future products. The F-Pace currently shares much of its drivetrain, chassis, and mechanicals with the Range Rover Velar, while the E-Pace’s is closely related to Land Rover’s Discovery and the Range Rover Evoque models. Whether a Land Rover or Range Rover equivalent for the new addition is forthcoming remains to be seen.
At this time, the C-Pace name has not been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which actually adds a bit of mystique to the C-Pace’s potential — perhaps a European-only micro-crossover might be Jaguar’s actual goal. The European trademark filing includes Nice Classifications of 9,12, and 37 — designations that really only delineate that the C-Pace is definitely a passenger vehicle of some kind without any narrow characteristics, as the classifications cover everything from computerized driver’s aids to racing cars and even maintenance or repair methodologies.