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Jaguar E-pace Jaguar de­sign di­rec­tor

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JAGUAR’S de­sign boss tells us how (and why) he has cap­tured the spirit of the F-type sports car in the new E-pace small SUV. Q

The E-pace looks like a mix of Jaguar’s SUV de­sign – as seen on the F-pace – and sports car cues from the F-type. Is that in­ten­tional? A

“Ab­so­lutely. We wanted the E-pace to have its own char­ac­ter, its own place. So its head­lights are from the F-type. It’s a Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cle, af­ter all.” Q

Isn’t it dif­fi­cult to make an SUV that’s some­how try­ing to be a sports car? A

“Well, the E-pace is fun­da­men­tally a taller car than the F-type. But el­e­ments such as the sil­hou­ette re­ally give the ap­peal of a sports car. The win­dow graphic drops off even fur­ther at the rear of the car, and the roofline gives the E-pace a real sense of speed and dy­namism.

“The over­lap of the two lines at the rear ‘haunch’ is very im­por­tant too. In fact, they look fa­mil­iar be­cause they’re off the F-type. They’re beau­ti­ful lines. Let’s use them.” Q

The E-pace is based on what is ba­si­cally a front-wheel-drive plat­form. Did that bring its own chal­lenges? A

“Yes. The over­hang be­yond the front wheels can look a bit long. We worked re­ally hard on that. In the end we’ve cham­fered off as much as we can around the cor­ners to make it look as though the front wheels are ac­tu­ally fur­ther for­ward than they are. It was tricky but I think it’s worked.”

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