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Jaguar’s lat­est of­fer­ing, the five-seater E-Pace com­pact SUV, was un­veiled in Lon­don re­cently. Although the E-Pace will sit be­low the F-Pace SUV in the line-up, Jaguar ap­par­ently want the E-Pace to have its own iden­tity, and not have it be thought of as just a smaller ver­sion of the F-Pace. To this end, styling cues have been taken from Jag’s F-Type sports car. (Yes, all this let­ter­ing is a lit­tle bit con­fus­ing).

The front of the E-Pace has a bold grille like that of the F-Pace, but the LED front lights look more like those of the F-Type.

Jaguar claims a lug­gage ca­pac­ity of 577 litres and the in­te­rior styling of the cabin fol­lows the F-Type theme. Just like in the F-Type, there’s a 360-de­gree grab han­dle for the pas­sen­ger on the side of the cen­tre con­sole, although the dash is more fu­tur­is­tic and in­cludes a next-gen­er­a­tion touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with a stan­dard cen­tral 10.2-inch touch­screen.

Con­ve­niently there are four 12-volt charg­ing points, five USB points and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot that can feed up to eight de­vices. It will also come with the brand’s wear­able Ac­tiv­ity Key.

The E-Pace will of­fer a choice of two petrol and three diesel pow­er­trains. The 2.0-litre four­cylin­der In­ge­nium diesel is avail­able in 110kW/380Nm, 132kW/430Nm and 177kW/ 500Nm out­puts, while the pair of 2.0-litre four-cylin­der In­ge­nium petrol turbo units will de­liver 183kW/365Nm or 220kW/400Nm.

A nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion will be avail­able across the range, although two of the diesel en­gines (the two lower-pow­ered ones) will come stan­dard with a new sixspeed man­ual trans­mis­sion. The com­pact SUV fea­tures an in­te­gral link rear sus­pen­sion setup and will be avail­able in all-wheel as well as fron­twheel drive. Jaguar prom­ises a high equip­ment count across S, SE and HSE trims with a sportier look in­side and out on the R-Dy­namic model.

Ian Cal­lum, di­rec­tor of de­sign, Jaguar, says of the E-Pace: “Es­tab­lished Jaguar de­sign prin­ci­ples en­sure the E-Pace is im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able as the sports car of its class. Our new com­pact SUV com­bines the in­te­rior space, con­nec­tiv­ity and se­cu­rity that fam­i­lies ex­pect with the kind of pro­por­tions, pu­rity of de­sign and per­for­mance not usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with such a prac­ti­cal ve­hi­cle.”

The new model is sched­uled to ar­rive in South Africa in early 2018.

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