New Jaguar E-Pace makes global debut – All you need to know
The all-new Jaguar E-PACE compact performance for next gen buyers is being presented as peppy and fun to drive car, while being technically advanced, and digitally connected. In its newest avatar, it puts to test months of work that’s enabled the E-Pace to effortlessly display Jaguar’s Art of Performance philosophy.
Jaguar’s newest SUV combines precision and agility for performance. The five-seat E-PACE compact SUV packs in the Jaguar sports car appeal into a smaller all-wheel-drive. Advanced tech to keep occupants connected means the vehicle is 4G Wi-Fi enabled with eight USB charging points so everyone can keeo busy in the car. A biggish touchscreen is fitted as standard.
On the outside, the new E-Pace takes inspiration from Jaguar F-TYPE. The compact SUV wears the distinctive Jaguar grille. Design lines build in a muscular proportion, and short overhangs for a dynamic look. The brand’s sportscar DNA comes through in the roofline, large rear spoiler and optional 21-inch alloy wheels. Among 4 different roof designs is a black, fixed panoramic roof that creates a more roomy cabin feel.
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar says established Jaguar design principles help immediately place the E-pace as a sportscar of its class. The new compact SUV is practicality through a combination of ample cabin space, connectivity and security that is not usually found in an everyday use vehicle of these proportions.
In so many words, the Jaguar E-Pace smart compact SUV is designed and engineered to be everything the brand is synonymous with, albeit in a smaller package. It’ll play a role introducing new buyers to the brand while ensuring that you experience everything the brand has come to be associated with in terms of design and tech.
E-Pace uses hardware and software developed in Jaguar’s digital labs to seamlessly access data and network through your devices when on the go.
Inspiration is abundant making the cabin space playful with details inspired by the design team’s favourites to ensure individuality, and attention to detail.
You’re guaranteed a smile with the tiny Jaguar and cub on the First Edition windscreen. ‘The Cub’ being the design team’s internal name for the E-Pace is acknowledged with the specific graphic emblazoned on the windscreen. A small detail that’s unique in its existence. Stowage mats draw inspiration from nature, bringing to life the Jaguar print, i.e., inspired by the animal’s body markings. Horizontal and vertical lines emulating the Jaguar print graphic are not only seen on the rubber stowage mats, but also on front seat labels.
Inspiration from Jaguar’s racing prowess come to life through the chicane line that represents movement and speed. It’s detailed in the tail lamp graphic and atop the dashboard.
Jaguar’s philosophy of personalization comes true through optimizing the sense of touch putting the controls back in the hands of those driving it. The haptic sense manouevering the 35mm camera lens inspired rotary ventilation dials is in itself a touchpoint that responds to feedback immediately.
Jaguar E-pace uses its inhouse Integral Link rear suspension reworked for the compact crossover. The All-wheel-drive E-PACE puts to use the Active Driveline AWD system, so, you can drive them like a regular rear-wheel-drive Jaguar. Steady driving controls means it disengages for drive to be supplied to the front wheels only, taking care of friction loss, and fuel efficiency. Re-coupling is in a matter of 300 milliseconds.
Adaptive Dynamics adjusts damper settings every 10 milliseconds to reduce body roll and makes it adaptable to poor road conditions. Automated All Surface Progress Control enables riding across not so smooth surfaces. Brake-activated torque vectoring maximises vehicle control and stability through fast cornering for highway driving. Structural steadiness comes from high-strength steel durability and lightweight aluminium and composites that are synonymous with Jaguar’s architecture.
The E-Pace is available in two 2.0-litre four-cylinder Si4 Ingenium petrol units that deliver 249PS or 300PS armed with twin-scroll turbocharging for quicker throttle response to pretty much do away with turbo lag. The three 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel options include a 150PS Td4 unit, an 180PS Sd4 unit and, at a top end performance, a 240PS Sd4 unit that returns 500Nm of torque. E-Pace and E-Pace R-Dynamic are available in S, SE and HSE trims in a choice of five powertrains (three diesel and two petrol Ingenium engines).
The 2.0-litre diesel and petrol Jaguar Land Rover Ingenium engines are mated with nine-speed automatic, and six-speed manual transmissions for varied front and AWD configurations.
E-Pace is the most compact car Jaguar built yet. E-PACE AWD dynamics is combined with comfort and runs on a compact Integral Link rear suspension and semi-solid mounted front subframe for optimized precision and body control.
Powered by quad-core processors, and use of ultra-fast wireless and ethernet cables make E-Pace digitally quick to respond. Three new visual interfaces are on offer. The new 10-inch Touch Pro tablet lets you manually scroll through all you need. There’s the 12.3” fully-configurable TFT panel. The most advanced is the TFT-powered, LED-illuminated HUD with full-colour widescreen system that displays info in the driver’s line of sight.
Touch Pro is stores a wealth of real-time, location-driven information. InControl smartphone app monitors remote vehicle status checks, locking, and trip history. The app will find your parked car if you’ve forgotten where you left it. On cold days, you can pre-set climate control before approaching the car. E-Pace is fitted with 12-volt charging points in front, at the centre console, and boot. Two USB points are fitted in the central cubby box. A Meridian premium sound system is offered as optional.
Safety is addressed through Blind Spot Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking working on rear- and forward-looking camera feedback triggers. The system also takes care of Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist functionality to maintain safe distance from a vehicle in front. Park Assist controls steering for tight parking moves. Safety in the E-Pace is upheld with six airbags and two ISOFIX points to protect occupants. A pedestrian airbag reduces injury to others.
Standard features on offer include Touch Pro infotainment, All-Surface Progress Control, Driver Condition Monitoring, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and LED headlights with DRL.
E-Pace measures 2,681mm and offers more rear legroom than what some larger SUVs offer. Smart space optimization is seen in the configurable 8.4-litre central stowage compartment between front seats. A net under the compartment lid holds smaller items. More storage is avialble in the spacious glovebox, and both front door bins. The boot opens up to 577 litres of luggage space. With the rear seats folded, bootspace expands to 1,234 litres. If the narrower of the 40:60 split seats is folded, there’s still be space for two people, and cargo of length.
Available through the first year of sales, E-Pace First Edition specifications are as follows. E-Pace First Edition gets power from Jaguar’s 180PS Ingenium diesel or 249PS Ingenium petrol engines mated to nine-speed ZF automatic transmission. The limited edition models are based on the R-Dynamic derivative fitted with the SE specification pack. Colour choices include Caldera Red unique to First Edition, Yulong White, and Santorini Black. Gloss Black detailing, 20” Satin Grey diamond-turned, six-split-spoke alloy wheels are on offer.
Interiors sport soft, high-quality materials in the cabin with body-hugging front row sports seats in contrasting stitching for a sporty look. Soft grain Windsor leather has been used in Ebony with red contrast stitching. Ebony suedecloth headlining customizes the usual. Interior lighting is a combination of ambient mood lighting and natural light from the panoramic roof. Jaguar’s TFT head-up display, additional charging points and load space rails make the First Edition a more refined rendition.
Gesture Tailgate technology eliminates the need to hold down the key fob when opening the boot by using your foot instead if your hands are occupied. The waterproof and shockproof Jaguar Activity Key wristband substitutes the conventional key for active users. Configurable Dynamics, and First Edition carpet mats and metal treadplates are part of the equation.
The limited jaguar E-pace First Edition models feature the cub-to-Jaguar puddle lamp, an arty display of its evolution that of course guides users to the door .