2018 Jaguar E-Pace unveiled in the UK, is Jaguar’s answer to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
Jaguar has unveiled the E-Pace SUV in the UK with a Guiness world record. The company promises that the E-Pace will be a more sporty SUV because the inspiration for the E-Pace arrives from the F-Type sports car and not from the bigger sibling, the F-Pace.
The Jaguar E-Pace will go on sale in Australia next year and will rival the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3. The E-Pace will be the most affordable Jaguar with prices starting from 48,000 dollars.
The E-Pace is based on the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque platform with a transverse engine layout. On the styling front, the E-Pace gets F-Type styled headlamps, a relatively low roof line and a sloping tailgate.
Under the hood, Jaguar will be offering both 2.0-litre diesel and turbocharged petrol engines that come from the Ingenium family and are available in different states of tunes. The base diesel produces 148 HP while there will also be a more powerful 177 HP and 237 HP versions of the same 2.0-litre diesel. The petrol will come either in 245 HP or 296 HP guise and is expected to be the range topping variant costing about 85,000 dollars.
The entry level models in some countries will get a front wheel drive and a manual gearbox option but all the Australian-spec E-Pace will get a 9-speed automatic gearbox and AWD as standard.
The entry-level diesel claims a 0-100 km/hr time of 10.5 seconds while the petrol hits the ton in just 6.4 seconds. The Jaguar E-Pace measures 4395 mm long, 336 mm shorter than the F-Pace and weighs from 1843 to 1926 kgs for the automatic AWD versions. Boot space is a generous 577-litres.
Although featuring an AWD system, Jaguar is not heavily pushing its baby SUV’s off-road ability and the AWD will just be handy on loose surfaces. On the suspension front, the Jaguar E-Pace features the F-Pace’s five-link independent rear-end with adjustable dampers and the Adaptive Dynamics Package is offered as optional.
The cabin features a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity. Available in S, SE and HSE grades similar to Land Rover models, Jaguar is also offering the E-Pace in an R Dynamic version which gets a more aggressive front bumper with mesh grille openings and 21-inch alloy wheels.
2018 Jaguar E-Pace
– Jaguar has unveiled the E-Pace compact SUV in the UK
– The E-Pace is based on the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque platform
– The Jaguar E-Pace will go on sale in Australia in April 2018