Jaguar (partly) re­veals E-Pace

Buoyed by the suc­cess of the F-Pace, Bri­tish brand launches a smaller SUV

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING -

THE WORLD is in a steamy love af­fair with com­pact SUVs and crossovers, and the mo­tor in­dus­try seem­ingly can’t build enough of these hatch­backs-on­stilts.

Jaguar wants in on the ac­tion and joins the fray with its new E-Pace, clearly in­spired by the suc­cess of its larger F-Pace SUV which helped boost the Bri­tish brand’s sales by 83 per cent last year. Jaguar has also an­nounced an all-elec­tric I-Pace will go into pro­duc­tion in 2018.

Due to make its world pre­mier on July 13, the E-Pace is smaller than the F-Pace and will go up against the likes of the Audi Q5 and Porsche Ma­can in the pre­mium cross­over cat­e­gory.

De­tails are sketchy but Jaguar says the ve­hi­cle will fea­ture sports car-de­rived all­wheel drive tech­nol­ogy and an all-In­ge­nium line-up of petrol and diesel en­gines, as well as a suite of con­nected tech­nol­ogy and safety fea­tures.

A teaser press re­lease from Jaguar says the E-Pace will com­bine sports car de­sign and agility with ev­ery­day SUV prac­ti­cal­ity.

“The com­bi­na­tion of sports car looks with Jaguar per­for­mance will en­sure that the E-Pace stands out,” said Ian Cal­lum, Di­rec­tor of De­sign, Jaguar. “Ev­ery Jaguar is de­signed to ex­cite the senses, and we think E-Pace will do just that, al­beit with its own in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter.”

The teaser was ac­com­pa­nied by a close-up pic­ture of the E-Pace’s tail light and this red­washed side shot.

We will pro­vide more de­tails as they emerge on July 13.

- IOL Mo­tor­ing

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