NEW CAT OUT OF THE BAG

Jaguar en­ters the com­pact-suv fray with its sporty E-pace

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

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

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