Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

New Jaguar E-Pace SUV to be revealed tonight

New Jaguar E-Pace SUV to be revealed tonight

The all-new E-PACE is a follow up to Jaguar's wildly successful F-PACE crossover SUV that went on sale in 2016.

The Jaguar E-PACE is expected to allow Jaguar to better capitalize on the SUV craze that has swept across the automotive landscape. This latest crossover confidently casts its own shadow with a design theme paralleling that of the stunning Jaguar F-type coupe. To finally kick this into the weeds, Callum says in designing the E-Pace he and his team were "thinking of the city dwellers, the urbanites, dare I say it stretches as far as the Shoreditch bunch".

The E-Pace has the honour of being the sole offering in Jaguar's range available with front-wheel drive, because it shares some mechanical components with the Range Rover Evoque.

The E-Pace is also equipped with All Surface Progress Control, a low-speed cruise control created to handle low-traction conditions.

As for the AWD, the regular system can push nearly full power to the front or the rear depending on grip conditions. Full details of what's included with these are still being ironed out, but a four-mode driving selector and all-round parking sensors are standard, as is a 10-inch infotainment system with pinch-to-zoom functionality.

Much like the F-Pace the E-Pace will be muscular, masculine and sporty.

A key part of what separates the E-Pace from the bigger F-Pace is the fact that it was inspired by Jaguar's flagship sports auto, the F-Type.

As a final flourish, a new graphic depicting a jaguar cub following its mother appears in the lower-left corner of the windscreen, and is projected onto the floor by "puddle lamps" fitted to the underside of the wing mirrors - "incorporated exclusively to put a smile on customers; faces", Jaguar says.

The all-new Jaguar E-PACE, a luxurious compact performance SUV, celebrated its global debut today in London.

To that end, you'd be hard-pressed to find many folks willing to call the E-Pace unattractive both inside and out. And nor does it look like an F-Pace spat out of a photocopier at 75%; this is a vehicle with its own distinct look.

This is the new Jaguar E-Pace SUV. Although it may look like a mini F-Pace, the E-Pace actually is based on the front-drive Range Rover Evoque architecture-rather than the rear-drive-based F-although the wheelbase has been stretched 0.9 inch compared with the Evoque, which should help with rear-seat space.

A 10-inch touchscreen is complete with voice commands and customisable apps. That sleek SUV's cues have been compressed here, in a mostly attractive way. Other neat treats include an optional 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that's customizable and can almost fill the screen with a navigation display, much like Audi's Virtual Cockpit.

There's plenty of safety kit on-board with autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection and lane keep assist.

Thanks to Active Driveline technology, the E-Pace utilizes all four wheels only when needed. If you want the 296 HP engine, that'll be $47,250 for the E-PACE R-Dynamic S, $50,050 for the R-Dynamic SE, and $53,100 for the R-Dynamic HSE.

With a starting price of $38,600, the 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is substantially more expensive than existing entries in the segment, with most priced around $33,000.

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