Jaguar E-Pace SUV set to become new bread-winner

Posted July 14, 2017

The Jaguar E-Pace is a crossover SUV that is likely to sell like hotcakes. The headlamps are a similar shape to those of the F-Type rather than the wider, shallower F-Pace, while a line on the rear haunches mimics the curved rear quarter of the high-performance coupé and roadster.

Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said on Thursday (13 July) it is to build its new E-PACE compact sport utility vehicle in Austria and China, the first of its cars only to be manufactured outside of its home market.

If F-Pace global orders are anything to go by, the E-Pace is going to keep these factories very busy indeed. Power, meanwhile, will come from a range of turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines already found in other Jaguars.

Entertainment comes via Jaguar's 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment screen that acts as a suite for apps, wifi, and various modes of entertainment. "(Instead) it gave us something really quite unique; it's playful and youthful in a way that I think a scaled down F-Pace maybe wouldn't have delivered".

Thanks to Active Driveline technology, the E-Pace utilizes all four wheels only when needed.

The E-Pace is the newest member of the Jaguar SUV family, joining the all-electric I-PaceConcept and the 2017 World Car of the Year victor, the Jaguar F-Pace, which was launched in 2015 with a Guinness record of its own, the loop-the-loop. E-Pace rides on a modified version of the platform that underpins the Range Rover Evoque.

The E-Pace also promises practicality alongside its optional 21-inch wheels, with a large 577-1234 litre boot space, and a commodious storage space under the centre armrest that can variously hide a charging tablet or, with cupholders removed, swallow two large drinks bottles lying down horizontally. In all, it's an even more attractive space than the F-Pace's.

At London's world premier of the Jaguar E-Pace there were an equal number of English, Russian and Chinese journalists present to cover the event.

The E-Pace is also equipped with All Surface Progress Control, a low-speed cruise control created to handle low-traction conditions.

A nine-speed automatic transmission is offered as an option over the standard six-speed manual on the D180, while the D240 bi-turbo diesel is automatic only, as are the two petrol versions, the P250 and P300, both using Jaguar's new 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine. Fender vents and a cat-eyed rear side window match up with a steeply raked roofline and a slim band of angled LED taillights.

"Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-PACE is immediately recognisable as the sports auto of its class". A First Edition model will be exclusively available for the first year, priced at £47,500, available with either the 178bhp diesel or 246bhp petrol engine and based on the R-Dynamic SE specification pack.

Prices for the Jaguar E-Pace will start at $38,600, with orders beginning in the United States later this year.

Other options include a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch digital dashboard display in lieu of traditional dials, two premium Meridian sound systems and an all-new, full-colour head-up display, which beams pertinent information (such as the car's speed, and sat nav directions) onto the windscreen. The latter will be available in the car's sporty, R-Dynamic trim.