Prices to range from $48k all the way up to $85k.
At a swanky event in London, revered British carmaker Jaguar has launched its new E-Pace compact SUV, designed to bring the game on to cars like the BMW X3, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC. As has become the trademark for the Coventry brand, the E-Pace was shown off to the press for the first time with a barrel-roll stunt performed by stuntman Terry Grant.
As for the car itself, the E-Pace is the second SUV by the marque, slotting beneath the bigger F-Pace, and promises to continue the charge that its bigger brother has made in terms of sales. The E-Pace range will hit global markets with four-cylinder Ingenium engines in both petrol and diesel varieties, with the car to be assembled in Austria for global markets and in China to serve the Chinese market exclusively.
With extensive use of aluminium, the E-Pace saves some 30kg of weight compared to if it were constructed from steel. With 4395mm of length (sitting on a 2681mm wheelbase), the E-Pace measures up favourably against its contemporaries and promises enough leg and headroom for all five passengers. Additionally, five USB ports and four 12V power sockets to charge devices that can hook up to the cars’ 4G wireless hotspot means that passengers won’t be bored either, though we predict arguments over whose Spotify account gets played on the stereo.
Cargo room is rated at a healthy 577L behind the rear seats, expandable to 1234L with the rear bench folded. The tailgate is electrically operated, and can be opened with a swing of a foot beneath the rear bumper. As with the bigger F-Pace, the E-Pace can be optioned with the Activity Key, which will allow you to leave the key fob in the car and wear the Activity Key as you embark on some proper adventures (where your regular key fob could be at risk of damage).
Safety-wise, the E-Pace soothes furrowed brows with things like blind-spot monitoring, forward traffic monitoring, semi-autonomous parallel parking assistant, full-LED headlights, airbags for pedestrians, and stability control. Autonomous emergency braking is also expected to feature (though it wasn’t detailed), as Jaguar anticipates a full five-star EuroNCAP rating when it’s tested sometime soon.
The Ingenium engines on offer are wide-ranging, with the engine lineup starting with the E-Pace D150. Offering 110kW/380Nm, this engine can hurtle the E-Pace from rest to 100km/h in just 10.1-seconds. If that isn’t fast enough for you, the D180 can step up to the plate with its 132kW/430Nm, able to do the century sprint in a sprightlier 9.3-seconds. The most powerful diesel packs even more grunt, with 176kW/500Nm on tap, capable of launching the E-Pace from rest to 100km/h in just 7.4-seconds.
If oilers aren't your bag, the E-Pace P250 serves up 183kW/365N, completing the century sprint in 7.0-seconds. However, the most powerful E-Pace comes in the form of the P300 with its 220kW and 400Nm, hitting the 100km/h mark from rest in just 6.4-seconds (a full second faster than the most powerful diesel). All cars (bar the D150 which gets a six-speed manual) get a nine-speed ZF Sachs automatic gearbox, which can send power either to the front wheels or all-four. Australian-spec cars will come only with all-wheel drive.
Getting power to the ground is a new torque vectoring system dubbed Active Driveline, which can move power around flexibly depending on the requirements of the moment. Torque vectoring is served up with braking the inner wheels to achieve a more dynamic drive, while the ECU is able to completely disengage the rear axel to save fuel (like when you’re cruising on a motorway). Power can be sent entirely to the rear wheels too should it be needed. Active Driveline can move 100% off the cars’ power to one wheel within 100-milliseconds should it be needed, with the ECU able to read and re-read the situation every 10-milliseconds.
The ride of the E-Pace can be enhanced further with Jaguar’s Active Dynamics adjustable suspension, which can refine or firm up the ride on the go, able to adjust every 2-milliseconds to ever-changing conditions. And should the going get rough, All Surface Progress Control (ASPC) can assist you by offering semi-autonomous driving capabilities off the beaten track at a preset speed between 2km/h and 30km/h over any terrain. Working together with Active Driveline, ASPC can ensure progress on any surface, and was co-developed with Jaguar’s sister company Land Rover.
As said earlier, the Jaguar E-Pace is expected to make Aussie landfall in the second-quarter of 2018, offering all-wheel drive exclusively as well as a range of engines. Prices are expected to start at $48,000 (before ORCs) and go all the way up to a $85,000 ‘First Edition’ at launch, though we expect mid-range cars to sell most healthily. Stay tuned to CarShowroom as we bring you more details as they come.