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Jaguar I-Pace Will Be Built In Magna Steyr’s Factory



A Canadian-owned contract manufacturer, Magna Steyr will be building Jaguar’s upcoming I-Pace full-electric crossover in their manufacturing plant in Austria.

Back in 2015, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) signed a contract with Magna Steyr to build some vehicles at their plant, but at that time the company didn’t specify which models will be produced there nor did they mention the amount of models. Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche has revealed the automaker’s plans to produce an electric vehicle at the Austrian plant alongside the new Land Rover Discovery.

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has already confirmed one of two models that Magna will build for JLR. Automobilwoche was told that one of them is the I-Pace, but Speth refused to say if the other model will be an EV or a vehicle for the Land Rover brand.

Magna has already started constructing an extension to their factory in Graz to prepare for the two new JLR models and we could see an output of around 13,000 I-Paces in 2019.

We’ve already seen a preview of what the I-Pace crossover could look like at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the production model is expected to debut in late 2017. Jaguar is aiming for at least a 220 mile range on one charge, pitting its range against of that of the smaller Bolt EV.

The production model should go on sale globally in the second half of 2018.
 

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Currently the Magna Steyr factory is producing the Mercedes G class and the Mini Countryman so we can look at those for manufacturer build quality. I doubt there'll be many factory production flaws as Daimler and the BMW Group are both large names and a penchant for quality.

The I-Pace should be just as well built but it may be the first EV built there, so we may see a learning curve from Steyr.
 

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That will provide some slight indication but when you look at all the places parts come from we still have alll of those to factor in. Never going to get a spot on answer unless we have the vehicle for a good amoutn of time
 

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Well RR just unveiled a new compact SUV and look at what the I-Pace is.... can you see how its adding up now?
I can't imagine JLR splitting up production of the two that come so close in platform dimensions. Plus these days car makers are trying to throw everything on the same platform.
 

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Are you referring to the Range Rover Velar? It's sitting on the Jaguar F-Pace’s IQ lightweight aluminium platform so it makes sense for it to be built alongside the new I-Pace.
 

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If we've learned anything about the prior F-Pace, it's that build quality was pretty piss poor. A lot of misalignment in body panels. That's something I'll be looking out for.
 
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