Jaguar E-Pace SUV unveiled 14 | 07 | 2017

    JAGUAR HAS LAUNCHED its all-new E-Pace, which promises to become the company’s biggest-selling models. Designed by Scot Ian Callum, the E-Pace — which will rival the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 —  is available to order now from Scottish dealerships priced from £28,500. (Related: New Jaguar E-Pace teaser images)

    The first Jaguar to be built outside of the UK — at Magna Steyr’s plant in Graz, Austria — it’s also the first Jaguar to be available with front-wheel drive since the X-Type. (Related: Watch our video of the all-new Jaguar E-Pace)

    The exterior design is inspired by the F-Type sports car and is characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches.

    “Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-Pace is immediately recognisable as the sports car of its class,” Callum Jaguar’s director of design, said. (Related: Jaguar reveals XF Sportbrake)

    “Our new compact SUV combines the interior space, connectivity and security that families expect with the kind of proportions, purity of design and performance not usually associated with such a practical vehicle.”

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    The new Jaguar delivers impressive interior space for a car within its class. The compact SUV is 4395mm long with short front and rear overhangs of 882mm and 832mm respectively. Its 2681mm wheelbase seats five in absolute comfort and yields a generous rear legroom of 892mm, while the large luggage capacity of 577 litres is made possible by the vehicle’s sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension architecture.

    New chassis hardware developed for the E-Pace maximises interior space while also providing the strong foundations for the vehicle’s impressive all-surface dynamic capabilities. The Integral Link rear suspension layout has allowed Jaguar’s engineers to deliver the responsiveness and agility required without compromising ride comfort.

    Configurable Dynamics gives the driver even more control with individual settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics suspension system.

    The Adaptive Dynamics set-up senses driver input, body and wheel movements and pre-emptively loads the suspension and chassis and adjusts the damping for improved roll control and agility in all conditions. As a result, the E-Pace delivers all the space young families need with all the character of a true Jaguar sports car.

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    Under the bonnet, E-Pace features a choice of efficient and powerful Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The 300PS Ingenium petrol turbo engine powers E-Pace from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 151mph. For customers who want the ultimate efficiency, the front-wheel drive 150PS Ingenium diesel delivers CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

    The new Jaguar’s Active Driveline all-wheel drive system is a technological first for the company. The intelligent set-up combines phenomenal traction with Jaguar’s unmistakable rear-wheel-drive character. The system’s torque-biasing capability delivers optimal stability, dynamics and fuel efficiency in all conditions.

    As you would expect, the E-Pace features the very latest safety and driver assistance technologies. A stereo camera underpins the advanced Emergency Braking system, which also provides pedestrian detection, and supports Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition, as well as the Adaptive Speed Limiter, and Driver Condition Monitor features. Front and Rear Parking Aids are standard on every vehicle providing peace of mind during difficult manoeuvres.

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    The camera also combines with the electric power assisted steering system to deliver a Blind Spot Assist function to help reduce the risk of sideswipe collisions on multi-lane roads. A new Forward Traffic Detection system also warns drivers of approaching vehicles at junctions where visibility is restricted. Advanced active safety features include a pedestrian airbag, which deploys from beneath the trailing edge of the bonnet to enhance pedestrian protection in the event of a collision.

    The E-Pace is the first Jaguar to feature the company’s next-generation Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Head-Up Display technology. The advanced display can project up to 66% more information onto the windscreen using large, full-colour graphics with enhanced clarity.

    Essential information including vehicle speed and navigation directions are in full view at all times, with alerts and updates for the infotainment, safety and convenience features all projected directly into the driver’s eyeline, reducing the need to look away from the road.

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    Every E-Pace also features the latest generation of Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment system. Natural voice control technology, a 10-inch touchscreen interface and a customisable home screen make interactions with the system quick, simple and highly intuitive.

    An optional 12.3-inch full colour digital TFT instrument panel and choice of two premium audio systems developed with Meridian ensure E-Pace offers the technology and connectivity that customers crave.

    Digital connectivity can be found throughout the cabin, ready for every need of the modern family. There are up to four 12-volt charging points and five USB connections as well as a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.

    The new Jaguar is also available with an innovative wearable Activity Key. The waterproof and shockproof wristband has an integrated RFDI transponder, allowing the driver to lock the main key inside the vehicle when enjoying activities such as running, swimming or cycling.

    Whenever the Activity Key is activated, by holding the wristband up to the upper edge of the number plate surround on the tailgate, any conventional key fobs left inside the vehicle are disabled.

    The strong chassis also allows owners to tow up to 1800kg (braked), ideal for customers who use their E-Pace for both business and pleasure.

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    FIRST EDITION: PERFORMANCE DRIVEN

    The E-Pace First Edition is available for the first full year of sales, powered exclusively by Jaguar’s 180PS Ingenium diesel or 249PS Ingenium petrol engines paired with the nine-speed ZF automatic transmission. First Edition models are carefully specified to showcase the E-Pace’s unique design, performance and practicality, based on the R-Dynamic SE specification pack.

    Three colour options are available: Caldera Red, which is unique to the First Edition for the first 12 months; Yulong White and Santorini Black. Gloss Black detailing and distinctive 20in Satin Grey diamond-turned, split-spoke alloy wheels complete the exterior look.

    A special soft grain Windsor leather interior in Ebony with red contrast stitching and an Ebony suede cloth headlining give the cabin a distinctive appearance. Configurable ambient mood lighting and the natural light from the panoramic roof perfectly complement the spacious interior.

     Jaguar’s next-generation TFT Head-Up Display, additional charging points and loadspace rails ensure the First Edition has the perfect blend of personality, technology and real-world practicality.

    Additional highlights include Configurable Dynamics, a gesture-controlled tailgate and Jaguar Activity Key, along with unique First Edition carpet mats and treadplates.

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    R-DYNAMIC PACK

    Specifying the R-Dynamic model enhances the Jaguar’s sporty streak, providing body-hugging sports seats with contrast stitching and a Jet Morzine headlining. Brushed stainless steel treadplates and pedals combine to create a sports-focused interior while soft-grained leather on the R-Dynamic-branded steering wheel and the addition of gearshift paddles provide more focussed benefits.

    On the outside, the R-Dynamic features styling details designed to enhance the E-Pace’s stealth, power and refinement. Front fog lights with a Gloss Black finish are complemented by a similar finish on the grille, rear valance and tailpipe finishers. Body-coloured wheel-arch surrounds and satin chrome highlights on the side vents and grille surrounds also distinguish R-Dynamic derivatives.

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    RANGE SUMMARY

    The E-Pace and E-Pace R-Dynamic are available with S, SE and HSE specification packs and a choice of five powertrains, with three diesel and two petrol engines. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel powerplant is available in 150PS, 180PS and 240PS outputs, while the pair of 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol turbo units deliver 249PS or 300PS.

    High levels of standard equipment are a core component of the E-Pace range. Convenience features such as Touch Pro infotainment, LED headlights and a rear view camera system are joined by advanced driver assistance systems including Driver Condition Monitor and Emergency Braking.

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    “We designed the E-Pace to be a Jaguar for active people who need space and practicality but see no reason to compromise on performance,” Callum explained.

    “Its proportions, stance and lines express the excitement of driving a car of this calibre, while concealing an interior that outclasses traditional competitors with its size, craftsmanship and connectivity.

    “Compact cars need to provide intelligent answers to the little challenges everyday life throws at people, and I believe that Jaguar’s focus on design purity provides enormous advantages. This is a sports vehicle with unmistakable character: a Jaguar sports car designed for daily lives in a package that is as rewarding as it is practical.”

    Related: Jaguar XE, XF, F-Pace get new engines

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    Jim McGill

     

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