NEW JAGUAR E-PACE UNVEILED
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.