The Austrian car manufacturer Magna Steyr will be building the upcoming all-electric Jaguar I-Pace, says Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth. The electric crossover will be produced at Magna’s Graz plant, where the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is built as well.
Aside from Mercedes-Benz and soon Jaguar, Magna Steyr also has a contract with BMW Group to build the Mini Countryman. The I-Pace will not be the only JLR vehicle to be produced by the Austrian manufacturer, as the British brand signed a contract for two to be determined vehicles back in July 2015. It is now clear that one of those vehicles will be the new I-Pace, but JLR CEO Ralf Speth did not disclose what the other vehicle will be.
The extra business means that Magna Steyr will need to expand and a construction company has already been seen on site. The extra production capacity should be sufficient to build at least 13,000 I-Pace crossovers by 2019, the EV’s first full year on the market. The I-Pace was revealed this week at the 2016 LA Auto Show and should go on sale in the second half of 2018.