NEW CAT OUT OF THE BAG
Jaguar enters the compact-suv fray with its sporty E-pace
With the release of its secondever SUV model, Jaguar looks set to take the fight to the likes of such premium rivals as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Mini Countryman. The E-pace draws aesthetic inspiration from its bigger brother, the F-pace, and the firm’s F-type sportscar, most noticeably in the form of those rear haunches and slim-line brakelamp arrays.
Jaguar claims the E-pace will be “one of the most connected and intelligent vehicles in its class”, featuring a next-generation touchscreen infotainment system, five USB ports as well as a 4G WiFi hotspot for up to eight devices and the brand’s wearable Activity Key. It’s also the first Jaguar to feature the company’s nextgeneration TFT head-up display. In addition, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system will be standard, while a 12,3-inch full-colour digital TFT instrument panel will be offered as an option.
The lineup will comprise FWD and AWD variants across five units, along with five powerplants: the 2,0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel (110 kw/ 380 N.m; 132 kw/430 N.m; and 177 kw/500 N.m) and a pair of 2,0-litre, four-cylinder Ingenium turbopetrol units (183 kw/ 365 N.m and 220 kw/400 N.m), all of which are coupled with a nine-speed auto transmission.
Engines: full range of Ingenium petrols and diesels Power range: 110 kw to 220 kw Platform: Jaguar Land Rover D8 steel platform (Land Rover Discovery Sport-related) Dimensions: 4 395 mm long x 1 984 mm wide x 1 649 mm high x 2 681 mm (wheelbase) Claimed luggage capacity: 577 litres ETA: Q1 2018