LUXURY REVIEW

2018 Jaguar E-Pace

Austin American-Statesman - - CARS - By Olivia Olsen

As the first com­pact SUV from Jaguar, the 2018 E-Pace has a lot to live up to. With­out sac­ri­fic­ing the style and sex ap­peal of the pol­ished Bri­tish man­u­fac­turer, the E-Pace makes a name for it­self by max­i­miz­ing space and luxury in an SUV fo­cused on per­for­mance and agility.

Start­ing at just $38,600, the E-Pace makes a name for it­self with a beau­ti­fully re­fined body, in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy, top safety features and su­perb en­ter­tain­ment, all while of­fer­ing ab­so­lute com­fort.

Sculpted and mus­cu­lar, the E-Pace is an SUV de­signed as a coupe. An op­tional panoramic roof gives the ve­hi­cle a light airi­ness while si­mul­ta­ne­ously pro­vid­ing an open and ex­pan­sive feel to the in­te­rior. Tied to­gether with 21-inch sport-de­signed wheels and LED head­lights, and the E-Pace is a car built to turn heads.

Man­u­fac­tured with the fam­ily in mind, the E-Pace’s cock­pit is all about the driver. With the goal of max­i­miz­ing space with features like a deep cen­ter con­sole and front door bins, it hosts enough room to store two 1.5 liter wa­ter bot­tles — or just a large col­lec­tion of trin­kets and rub­bish that finds its way into your car.

The feel of the in­te­rior is one that evokes com­fort and calm with strate­gic am­bi­ent pools of light­ing in a choice of 10 col­ors. Of course, a Jaguar wouldn’t be a Jaguar with­out per­son­al­iza­tion. Choose from a va­ri­ety of col­ors, ma­te­ri­als, and fin­ishes to craft the E-Pace that’s just right for you.

Com­pact does not mean lack­ing per­for­mance in a Jaguar, and with re­fined driv­ing dy­nam­ics, be­ing be­hind the wheel of an E-Pace is just as ex­cit­ing as con­trol­ling an F-Type con­vert­ible. Reach­ing top speeds of 143 miles per hour and ca­pa­ble of ac­cel­er­at­ing from zero to 60 in 6.6 sec­onds, this 2.0-liter four cylin­der In­ge­nium gas en­gine boasts 246 horse­power.

Built to in­crease rigid­ity to im­prove sus­pen­sion with an in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion sys­tem, the The E-Pace is as ag­ile as a com­pact SUV can be. The in­tel­li­gent all-wheel drive sys­tem en­sures a con­trolled torque as the Ac­tive Driv­e­line op­ti­mizes trac­tion. The ad­di­tion of All Sur­face Progress Con­trol will have you tak­ing on the slip­peri­est of con­di­tions with­out a fear in the world. No mat­ter the road or con­di­tions ahead, the E-Pace can take it with fer­vor and grace.

The in-car tech­nol­ogy suite avail­able in the E-Pace is one that lacks for noth­ing. The cus­tom­iz­a­ble InCon­trol Touch Pro is a highly ad­vanced touch­screen dis­play that can also be com­manded by voice. Route plan­ning nav­i­ga­tion will help you find the quick­est way to your des­ti­na­tion at which point the sys­tem will kick over to your phone to pro­vide pub­lic trans­port and walk­ing di­rec­tions to your fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

The E-Pace heav­ily re­lies on learn­ing and in­tu­ition; it is able to study your driv­ing and route habits to in­form you of nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion for your route with­out you hav­ing to in­put a des­ti­na­tion. The InCon­trol sys­tem is also avail­able on the two rear head­rest dis­plays equipped with en­ter­tain­ment features to help keep the peace and calm on long dis­tance trips. Lastly, a heads up and in­ter­ac­tive driver dis­play work to­gether to keep you in­formed while also keep­ing your eyes glued to the road.

Re­fus­ing to com­pro­mise on style, per­for­mance or flair, the all-new 2017 Jaguar E-Pace is a com­pact ve­hi­cle to help big dreams come true.

COUR­TESY OF JAGUAR

Above: Sleek and stylish through and through. Be­low: This Jaguar is sure to defy ex­pec­ta­tions -- while turn­ing heads.

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