New Jaguar E Pace SUV Gets Official

New Jaguar E Pace SUV Gets Official

New Jaguar E Pace SUV Gets Official

Jaguar has pulled the drapes off its all-new E-PACE that will be a direct rival for Audi's X3 and the BMW X1.

In the front fascia, the newly launched E-Pace SUV sports a bold, large grille giving it a boxy look combined with a row of LED front lights.

The big SUV F-Pace was launched one year ago and the next in the lineup is the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV concept.

Sure, the new E-Pace looks spectacular. The E-Pace consists of an F-Pace that has been devalued in terms of the price tag, the capacity and the design philosophy. Even still, there are hints of a hatchback-like silhouette, and this entry-level Jaguar could easily be mistaken for one if it weren't for the pronounced wheel arches and exaggerated ride height. The name is "cheekily referenced in a small graphic around the edge of the windscreen with a mother Jaguar being followed by her cub". The least we can say is that it made quite a remarkable entrance! Both are part of Jaguar's in-house Ingenium engine family, and sport direct fuel injection, and twin-scroll and variable-geometry turbochargers. Aussie cars will be bolted together at Magna-Steyr's plant in Graz in Austria, while Chinese market vehicles will roll off the lines of the Chery plant in Changshu.

Based on an evolution of Land Rover's LR-MS platform (that, itself, is loosely based on Ford's EuCD platform that underpinned the last-gen Mondeo), the E-PACE mounts its engines transversely benefitting interior space. Despite aluminium body panels that save dozens of kilograms versus older steel equivalents, the front-wheel drive auto is still a minimum of 1700kg, and the heaviest model easily tops 1900kg once you add a 75kg driver. Note that choosing an automatic gearbox sees this figure fall to 50.4mpg, and those selecting the 237bhp diesel will see a further efficiency fall, with this engine officially pegged at 45.6mpg. The E-PACE S will be $41,500, while the E-PACE SE will be $44,300. This will reach 60mph in 9.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124mph. Jaguar claims a 0-100 kmph time of 7 seconds and a top speed of 230kmph. As standard, the E-Pace gets a 10-inch colour screen with Jaguar Land Rover's own TouchPro infotainment system.

For the frugally minding, the 110kW diesel uses 5.6-litres per 100km but the higher-powered petrol model is an 8.0L/100km proposition.

Revealed at London's EcXel centre, in typical Jaguar style the E-Pace showed off its lightweight body with a pretty impressive stunt.

The E-Pace will be offered in standard and R-Dynamic forms. 21-inch wheels will be optional, and there'll be either polished or satin chrome side fender vents, depending on whether you go for E-PACE or E-PACE R-Dynamic trims. The 246-hp E-Pace splits torque between the front and rear wheels in the usual way, and has a braking system that simulates torque vectoring. Jaguar's new SUV is actually loosely based off the Range Rover Evoque but with many signature touches from Jaguar themselves.

Number time: The Jaguar E-Pace is 4,395mm long and has a 2,681mm wheelbase, providing rear leg room of 892mm.

For practicality, there's a 24.2 cubic foot trunk with the rear seats up.

There's even a wearable, waterproof activity key wristband so you can lock your keys in the vehicle while running, swimming or cycling. Priced at $53,550, the First Edition tops the range and is offered in three colors (red, white and black). Finally, the E-PACE First Edition will be $53,550.

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