Jaguar’s Baby SUV is finally here, and we have to admit, it’s pretty nice

Jaguar went on record back in May of 2015, saying it wanted a baby crossover to slot in below the F-Pace. It took a couple of years, and a few teasers to get to this point, but we’re finally here, and Jaguar has delivered its promise in typical Jag fashion. Sporting a simple, yet perfectly defined body and a technologically advanced cabin that’s as plush as it is attractive, Jaguar has practically redefined the compact SUV segment. With tons of interior space for its size, a sophisticated suspension system that provides a smooth ride, and a range of 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engines that deliver as little as 147 horsepower or as much as 295 horsepower. But, there’s one major Caveat, it’s set to start out around $38,600 in entry-level form, and that puts it a bit more expensive than models like the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA that it competes with.

With that in mind, you need to know that the E-Pace is a really big deal. It’s bigger brother; the F-Pace, has grown in sales by 44 percent through May of 2017, meaning that Jaguar’s design language and style philosophy is right in line with what the masses want. And, when you consider that luxury segment buyers are pretty picky, that’s saying a lot for a market that’s so crowded with SUVs at the current time. Needless to say, the E-Pace has a lot to live up to and, based on first impressions, I have to say this thing is going to be an amazing success, but we’ll talk more about that later. Does it have what it takes to put the X1 and GLA in their place, even with a significantly higher price tag? Well, let’s dive on in and take a good look to find out.

Official video

Exterior

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To be honest, the exterior design of the new E-Pace is very reminiscent of its bigger brother, the F-pace, but considering just how successful the F-Pace has been, you can’t argue with Jag’s logic here. On top of that, there are enough little differences to set them apart quite well. For instance, where the F-Pace has sleek, almost slanted-eye headlights, the E-Pace has units that are more cornered and open a little wider, almost reminding me of something you would see on a Porsche, really. The face corner vents on the E-Pace are also larger, giving it a slightly more aggressive look while the air dam and grille are a little larger as well. It does look good, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if we see some E-Pace inspiration go into the F-pace next time it’s updated. Back to the topic at hand, the E-pace features an attractive hood that doesn’t sit too high and isn’t too defined, matching overall design well, while the A-pillars are raked pretty steeping making for a longer windshield and really helping with aerodynamics. Jaguar even went so far as to hide away small LED fog lights in the lower corners of the front fascia – nice touch!

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The side profile is dominated and highly characterized by a beltline that gently slopes upward toward the rear, toned rear haunches, smooth and perfectly executed front fenders, and a well-defined bottom side. The rear stationary glass comes to a sharp point, which makes the rearmost pillar thin in the rear and provides for the swooping beltline while layout of the glass itself is curved, providing just the right look, and making it a little-less boxy in comparison to the F-Pace. The front fender is relatively smooth and blends in nicely with the front fascia while the vent in the fender, well, that reminds us that this is for sure a Jag Pace model, right? The black cladding that runs along the bottom provides some protection for the body’s edges, but also provides some style as it is a little more contrast to the overall picture. It’s not too thick and not too thin – even around the wheel wells. Honestly, it’s just the right size all of the way around. Down below the body is defined just a little better than that of the F-pace, giving the E-Pace a more dominant side profile while that curved body line on the rear door and rear quarter (just like on the F-Pace) gives it a hint of muscularity.

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Around back, we find an attractive and well-defined rear end. Clearly, the E-Pace hasn’t been skipping the squat rack at the gym, that’s for sure. The rear hatch is dominated by a sharp bend in the center and short glass, while the three-piece spoiler on top is optimized for aerodynamics. The taillights are sleek and sexy, being joined together by the defining bend of the rear hatch. The rear hatch has a unique bend at the very bottom, allowing it to blend in perfectly with the body lines of the rear fascia. Down below the rear fascia gets a slightly recessed insert that serves as a home for the integrated exhaust outlets and a pair of corner reflectors while the opening at the very bottom is a mirrored version of the air dam up front – a nice way to tie the front and rear ends together.

The competition

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And this is what’s it’s all about. This segment is so competitive, with no lack of options to choose from. Two of the main contenders that Jag is going up against include the BMW X1 and the Mercedes GLA. The X1 is the oldest of the three we’re discussing today and was the model that forced Mercedes to create the GLA and Audi to create the Q3. Needless to say, the German rivalry is strong. Oddly, you’ll find that the E-Pace, X1, and GLA, all share a fairly similar look. Sure, they are all different in their own right, but that all carry some of the same styling, making your decision of which one to go for even harder. The X1 recently entered a new generation for 2016 and as a sporty yet muscular look. Up front, you’ve got the standard Bimmer Kidney Grilles, to match a larger air dam and fairly small corner intakes (especially for the automotive market these days) The side profile is dominated by elegant, strategic lines create a look of length on an otherwise small SUV. Around back, the X1 has a rather bubbly appearance with rounded headlights and a little extra body cladding down below. The exhaust outlets are integrated into the lower trim cladding but aren’t completely surrounded. All told, the X1 is attractive and sports that traditional BMW design.

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Stopping by your local Mercedes dealership will have you looking at an attractive and sporty little crossover that really reminds me more of a taller hatchback than a crossover, especially in GLA45 form. It does, in fact, sit lower that both the E-Pace and the X1, and like the E-Pace, as a big dominant grille up front that screams supremacy. It does have larger air intakes in the front corners, but they aren’t as big as the jag, so the Jag definitely wins that award, but they do sit in harmony with the size of the air dam and the headlights. The side profile has a very dominant body line that runs from the front lights to the rear, with a smaller, smooth line in the middle of the doors for added style. What I really like the most about the GLA, however, is that from the right angles, the door glass is almost seamless. It’s very clean and attractive looking. Around back a long overhang casts some shade on the rear glass which is only half of the large hatch that pretty much dominates the rear. The fascia is sporty and attractive, and quite menacing in GLA45 form.

Interior

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Open up the door to the E-Pace, and you’re going to quickly realize that this thing has class up the wazoo. There’s not much in terms of space between the seats, but the cabin is outright gorgeous. And, the best part is, that it’s actually quite different from the F-Pace, which is refreshing to see with some many copy-and-paste models on the market today. The most commonly shared feature between the E-Pace and the F-Pace is the steering wheel, which is practically identical, with the exception of the hand grips, which are much thicker on the E-Pace – more in line with what you would expect from a sports car. The dash itself features a unique look with a thin pad with a wraparound portion that resides below the glass and links up with the door panels. The lower tier of the dash is angled on the passenger side, while the pad that sits above the instrument cluster traverses across the center HVAC vents, down the passenger’s side of the center stack, and wraps around the center console, creating a cockpit-like feel for the driver. I’ve never been a fan of the passenger being somewhat blocked off from heater controls and the front of the center console, but it works surprisingly well in the Jag.

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The door trim panels actually run alongside the dash but are linked into a wrap-around look thanks to the uppermost tier of the dash. The arm rests have a slight angle to them, but are padded quite well, making them exceptionally comfortable. While there’s not a lot of storage space up front for passengers, there is a relatively large cubby in each door that provides more than enough for most people. The one thing that really throws me off, though, is for an SUV that’s based solely around having a sports-car feel, the seas don’t appear to have very supportive side bolsters. That may not be the case in the higher-end models, but it’s certainly the case with the specific example we see here.

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As far as technology goes, you’ll get a 10-inch, Touch Pro touchscreen interface as standard equipment and, as an option, you can choose a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster as well. You can choose between two audio systems developed in coordination with Meridian while a TFT head-up display is available as an option and provides clear graphics on the windshield for safer driving. This system display all essential information, including navigation instructions. Finally, the E-Pace also comes with a wearable activity key that is water and shockproof, allowing you to leave your main key in the vehicle without worry. Depending on the trim level you can have up to four 12-volt charging points, five USB connections, and a 46 Wi-Fi hotspot. There’s no word on the wattage of the available audio systems or the passenger room, but we’ll be sure to update this information as it becomes available.

The Competition

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Both competitors offer pretty nice cabins with it being a hard toss up between which is better. The X1 gets a two-tier dash with a separated center console while the GLA’s dash is more of a single-piece design. Both come complete with soft-touch surfaces and leather seating, while the GLA can be equipped with Alcantara in the GLA45 trim. Both the X1 and the GLA can be had with digital instrument clusters if you’re willing to pony up the cash. Neither model has a dated look really, but you’ll find the Mercedes GLA to be a little more modern. The infotainment display is more tablet-like than that of the BMW and actually floats ahead of the dash as opposed to on top of it. Both models offered up rather supportive seating in higher trims but don’t expect the seats in the lesser models to hold you all that well if you really decide to get frisky.

As far as passenger and cargo room goes, you’ll find that the BMW X1 wins hands down between the two. With 41.9 inches of headroom, it beats out the GLA by 3.6 inches, while it takes the leg room award by 0.2 inches up front and a staggering 9.9 inches in the rear. As far as shoulder room goes, the GLA actually wins up front by 0.4 inches but loses out back by a whole two inches. The X1 has a cargo capacity of 27.1 cubic-feet to as much as 58.7 cubic-feet while the GLA comes in far short with 14.9 to 41.8 cubic feet. We don’t know what kind of room the E-Pace is working with yet, but it looks like the X1 could be a clear winner here – we’ll just have to wait and see.

Drivetrain

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The E-Pace is offered with a range of diesel and gasoline 2.0-liter engines that will offer anywhere between 147 horsepower and 295 horsepower. On the diesel front, you can choose between three different motivators – a 147-horsepower engine, a 177 horsepower engine, or a 236-horsepower unit. On the gasoline front, you can choose between 245 horsepower and 295 horsepower. At this time torque figures have yet to be released, but you can bet that the diesel engines will win in that department, hands down. Performance figures are also scant at this time, but Jaguar reports the 295-horsepower gasoline engine being capable of a 60-mph sprint in 5.9 seconds or 6.5 seconds to 62.1 mph while it tops out at 150 mph thanks to an electronic limited. Performance figures for the other engines will be announced closer to launch, so you’ll have to check back then. Shifting duties for all engines appear to be handled by a ZF nine-speed automatic.

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As far as the driveline goes, there are two systems available, depending on which engine you choose. The standard system, which is available the 147 horsepower and 177-horsepower diesel engines, or the 245-horsepower gasoline engine. It is a permanent all-wheel-drive system that distributes torque between the front and rear wheels to maximize stability or economy, depending on conditions. When needed, nearly all of the engine’s torque can be sent to the rear wheels, if necessary. Meanwhile, those equipped with the 236-horsepower diesel or the 295-horsepower gasoline unit will get a Jaguar’s Active Driveline system. Much like the permanent all-wheel-drive system, it can send most of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels if necessary, but in normal operating conditions, it gives the E-Pace a rear-wheel bias for more of a sports-car feel. In the rear differential, two wet-clutches are used to distribute torque between the rear wheels in a full spectrum. Furthermore, when you’re cruising along the highway, the system will send power only to the front axle, reducing parasitic loss of torque throughout the system and saving fuel economy. Should AWD be needed on demand, the system will re-engage automatically within 0.3 seconds.

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In addition to this, the E-Pace also gets brake torque vectoring, effectively monitoring conditions and balancing the distribution of between all four wheels when corning, while using the brakes as needed at each individual wheel to get the vehicle back into the intended path in an over-steer or under-steer condition. A low-speed cruise control system known as All Surface Progress control is available to help the E-Pace get going on icy or otherwise slick conditions. The system will automatically adjust engine and brake settings on automatic models, at speeds of between 1.1 mph and 18 mph. It also works as a hill ascent and descent system as well. This system works from a standstill, allowing the driver to get rolling without having to touch either pedal and will hold at a steady speed if needed.

The Competition

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Here in the U.S., the competition has a real problem – the lack of powertrain options. The X1 is available only 28i form, which means you get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be had in all-wheel drive if you pony up and extra $2,000 for the xDrive28i. It can hit 60 mph in 6.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 131 mph while fuel economy sits at 23 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg combined.

Over in the Mercedes stable, you’ll be looking at the GLA250, the only non-AMG version of the GLA available here in the States. IT also gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps out a mundane 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. With the standard, seven-speed dual clutch transmission, you’ll get to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and achieve fuel economy somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. When it comes to the GLA, however, you do have one other option, and that’s the GLA45. It comes in about $17,000 more expensive than the two-wheel drive GLA, but it will get you more go-juice than anything BMW or Jaguar has on offer right now. As an AMG model, it gets a hand-built 2.0-liter that’s good for a staggering 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. It gets AMG’s 4Matic AWD system and the Speedshift seven-speed dual clutch transmission and can hit 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. It manages to attain 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, so you don’t really sacrifice all that much in fuel economy.

Pricing

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When the E-Pace goes on sale, it will start out at $38,600. The S trim or SE trim will set you back even more at $41,500 or $44,300, respectively. The R-Dynamic model which is available in the first year of sales can be had in S trim for $47,250, SE for $50,050, or HSE for $53,100. In comparison to the competition, the Jag comes in a bit more expensive, with the X1 starting out at $33,750 for the sDrive28i or $35,750 for the xDrive28i. For the GLA you’ll have to pony up $33,400 for the two-wheel-drive model or $35m400 for the 4Matic, AWD model. Going with the GLA45, which is the only way you can beat out the Jag at this point, will get you a starting price of $50,600.

Another Option

Audi Q3

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The Audi Q3 debuted for the 2012 model year and was revamped for the 2015 model year when it came to the U.S. the Q3 is Audi’s smallest SUV and is based on the Volkswagen Tiguan. In current form, the Q3 comes with a 200 horsepower, TFSI, gasoline powered engine. Power is routed to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system via a six-speed Tiptronic transmission. At the time of this writing, the Q3 retails for $33,700 in base form, with the range-topping trim starting out at $38,600. Considering the E-Pace will probably hit dealers in 2018, the Q3 will also see an update by then as well. It will be interesting to see how the two compete.

Read our full review on the Audi Q3 here.

Conclusion

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I have to say that the E-Pace comes off as a pretty impressive machine with a wide range of engine options and a pretty nice interior. However, it’s also a bit on the pricier side if you compare to any other compact luxury crossovers like the X1, GLA, and Q3. However, it also offers the most power you can get without paying out $50,000 for the GLA45. Does Jaguar have a real winner here, or will the higher price be a big setback for the brand’s latest SUV? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Pre-Release Teaser

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The E-Pace will come standard with all-wheel drive, and an “all-Ingenium line-up of petrol engines.”

So, as you can see, we have two teasers – one that depicts the rear quarter/ taillight area of the new performance SUV and another that shows off the side profile next to that of the I-Pace Concept (goes into production next year) and the F-Pace SUV. Based on the teaser of the rear quarter, we can see that the E-Pace will, indeed, be muscular in the rear haunches and will feature some rather attractive body lines that really help to give it character and separate it from the rest of the “Pace” SUVs. The taillights are sleek but attractive, with a defining and angular LED strip that screams class. Meanwhile, the side profile shows off taillights that are longer and set into the corners more than on the others, which really matches the elevated waistline and sloping roof. We can’t make out much of the front from either of the teasers, but the hood does have a bubbly appearance to it while the bumper looks to sport some pretty serious corner intakes, assuming they actually serve a purpose outside of aesthetics, that is.

Outside of the teasers, most official information is still classified and only available to the powers that be over at Jaguar, but we have been informed that the E-Pace will come standard with all-wheel drive, and an “all-Ingenium line-up of petrol engines.” There will also be a whole “suite” of connected technology and convenience features. So, to break that down a bit, expect a range of engines that likely includes turbocharged four-cylinders, and maybe even a six-cylinder for the range-topping model. Features should include a Wi-Fi hotspot, an infotainment system with app store access, the usual phone connectivity suites, navigation, and a few driver assistance features like automated cruise control and parking assist. But, we’ll find out more about that in the coming weeks and will be sure to give you the full update as soon as Jaguar spills the beans on July 13. Until then, let us know what you think about the E-Pace so far in the comments section at the end of this article.

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Spy Shots

April 5, 2017 - Jaguar E-Pace caught testing at the ’’ring

January 19, 2017 - Jaguar E-Pace goes for another testing session

February 15, 2016 - First testing session

Update History

Updated 01/19/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Jaguar E-Pace out for a new testing session, this time during cold, winter conditions. Also, new rumors suggest that the new model could be released sometime in mid-2017.

Updated 02/22/2016: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors we decided to create a rendering for the upcoming E-Pace. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

Press release

The Jaguar E-PACE is a five-seat compact SUV that packs the design and performance of a Jaguar sports car into a spacious, practical and connected all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Trademark Jaguar driving dynamics and stirring design put the brand’s sports car DNA in a practical design packed with advanced technologies. The E-PACE, the newest member of Jaguar’s SUV family following the F-PACE performance SUV and I-PACE Concept all-electric SUV, takes design inspiration from the F-TYPE sports car.

The exterior design is characterised by the distinctive Jaguar grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches while optional 21-inch alloy wheels give the E-PACE a bold and purposeful stance, instantly communicating dynamic agility. Jaguar sports car DNA is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic.

“Established Jaguar design principles ensure the E-PACE is immediately recognisable as the sports car of its class. 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.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The E-PACE will be one of the most connected and intelligent vehicles in its class. The next-generation touchscreen infotainment system connects customers to their favourite apps, such as Spotify through Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl apps.

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 E-PACE has exceptional interior space. The compact SUV is 4,395mm long with short front and rear overhangs of 882mm and 832mm respectively. Its 2,681mm 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.

Under the bonnet, E-PACE is endowed with the full range of powerful and efficient Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The 300PS Ingenium petrol turbo engine powers E-PACE from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds (6.4 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint) before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 243km/h. For customers who want the ultimate efficiency, the front-wheel drive 150PS Ingenium diesel delivers CO2 emissions of 124g/km.

“The E-PACE provides the best of both worlds: Jaguar sports car dynamics with compact SUV practicality. The latest addition to our growing PACE family provides comfort, interior space and leading stowage solutions allied to engaging handling and Jaguar Land Rover’s latest Ingenium petrol and diesel engines.”
Alan Volkaerts, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar E-PACE

The E-PACE’s Active Driveline all-wheel drive system is a technological first for Jaguar. 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.

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.

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 per cent 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.

Every E-PACE 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 put the E-PACE on a par with vehicles from the class above when it comes to interior technology.

The E-PACE is also the only vehicle in its segment 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 outdoor pursuits such as running 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 1,800kg (braked), ideal for customers who use their E-PACE for both business and pleasure.

FIRST EDITION: FULLY EQUIPPED AND 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, Yulong White and Santorini Black. Gloss Black detailing and distinctive 20-inch 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 suedecloth 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 provides a seamless blend of refinement, 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.

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 tangible benefits for the driver.

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.

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.

DESIGN
The E-PACE combines sports car looks with ingenious packaging to create a compact performance SUV with trademark Jaguar presence

The E-PACE blends sports car design with compact SUV practicality, removing compromise from the equation. The result is a car that will attract many new drivers to the Jaguar family and energise the entire market segment.

“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. Its proportions, stance and lines express the excitement of driving a car of this calibre.

“Compact SUVs need to provide intelligent answers to the challenges of everyday life and I believe that Jaguar’s combination of design purity and functional integrity provides the perfect solution . This is a vehicle with unmistakable character - a Jaguar sports car designed for our daily lives in a package that is as rewarding as it is practical.”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar

The E-PACE combines the dynamic body language and proportions of a Jaguar sports car with the space, safety and practicality typically associated with a compact SUV.

Short front and rear overhangs place its large wheels at each corner and the teardrop graphic of the side windows, inspired by the F-TYPE, gives the newest addition to the PACE family a purposeful stance. The front view of the compact SUV reveals a confident, assertive face that showcases the shared DNA with Jaguar’s sports cars.

The fast sweep of the roofline works in harmony with the bold side window graphic, sending a clear message about the vehicle’s dynamic promise – and ingeniously creating more space for rear-seat passengers. The dynamic body sides have the fuselage-like profile found in the most iconic Jaguar designs.

The muscular haunches, which taper towards the rear, draw inspiration directly from the F-TYPE sports car and contribute to the E-PACE’s powerful stance. Sharp creases in the front and rear fenders further emphasise this.

The E-PACE’s bold grille gives the vehicle an assertive attitude that is unmistakably Jaguar. Advanced LED headlights (optional) are similar in concept to those used on the F-TYPE sports car and feature Jaguar’s signature J-blade daytime running lights, which flow around the outer edges of the headlights.

The high-specification headlight system also features Adaptive Matrix LED technology (optional), with two slim horizontal LED modules to manage the low and high beams. The crystal-like lenses add a beautiful technical detail to the muscular front-end design, as well as superior illumination of the road in the dark. Additionally, the J-blade running lights also perform the indicator function with a sweeping movement.

Approaching from the rear, the taut surfaces and muscular haunches fuse with the sharp lines of the rear light clusters. The slim, blade-like rear lamps feature full LED technology and are another sign of the E-PACE’s shared DNA with Jaguar’s flagship sports car.

The option of a body-coloured, black contrast or fixed panoramic roof gives customers an opportunity to personalise their vehicle. The black finish extends the entire length of the roof, from the windscreen to the trailing edge of the roof spoiler in a style that mirrors the F-TYPE Coupé.

E-PACE can be specified in 11 exterior colours, either Caldera Red (First Edition only) or Fuji White (Solid); Borasco Grey, Firenze Red, Caesium Blue, Yulong White, Indus Silver, Santorini Black or Corris Grey (Metallic); and Farallon Pearl Black or Silicon Silver (Premium Metallic).

“You best appreciate the profile and proportions of E-PACE when viewed from a little distance; given the E-PACE’s longer front overhang, we’ve balanced this with a shorter rear overhang to give the car a sense of movement, even when stationary, which is a Jaguar trademark.”
Wayne Burgess, Studio Director, Production Vehicles

Beautiful details
• The E-PACE is the first vehicle in its class to offer 21-inch wheels. The five split-spoke, diamond turned Satin Grey rims provide the ultimate wheel-to-body ratio and are among 12 options
• Side fender vents in polished chrome, a signature Jaguar design touch, provide an element of premium detailing to the E-PACE. On R-Dynamic models, the vents are finished in satin chrome
• The grille mesh features a 3D chamfering detail on its wide, flat hexagons motif to catch the light with Jaguar’s biggest-ever Growler grille badge at the centre, concealing the Adaptive Cruise Control sensors
• Round tailpipe finishers are neatly integrated into the rear valance, providing a visual reminder of the vehicle’s performance, exhaust note and refinement, inspired by jet engine tailpipes
• The large upper tailgate spoiler is a three-piece design that has been tuned for optimum airflow

First class cabin: space and practicality
The interior is further proof the E-PACE is a compact performance SUV. Its dynamic, modern, high-quality design amplifies the driving experience, while providing space and practicality for everybody else.

Occupants are enveloped in premium materials, ensuring every touch point emphasises the sense of quality. Soft trimmed door casings with cool touch, satin chrome door handles, the beautifully crafted leather-clad facia and seat upholstery with twin-needle stitching all enhance the sense of luxury.

The interior focal point is a wraparound cockpit with the passenger grab handle forming the boundary of the driver console – a design concept directly inspired by the Jaguar F-TYPE. Its geometry provides a powerful visual connection with the doors while the seating position gives the driver an elevated ‘Sports Command’ driving position, offering excellent visibility while retaining a cockpit-like feel.

The bold and intelligent use of colour is a hallmark of the interior, aided by a visually-cohesive linearity between the cockpit and doors. The colour sections on the seats, instrument panel and door panels all echo a similar treatment found in the F-TYPE sports car – a strategy highlighted in R-Dynamic models, which combine a youthful colour palette with brighter contrast stitching.

The choice of colour scheme combines with the E-PACE’s premium instrument panel materials to create an interior that combines sporty precision and tasteful simplicity.

The E-PACE breaks with tradition by favouring a premium Noble Chrome treatment over traditional wood trim finishes. The understated metal finish for key details such as the gearshift surround, instrument panel, side vents and door pulls gives the cabin a contemporary premium character.

Primary controls, such as the sports gear shifter and drive mode selector, have been carefully designed to promote driver engagement. The sports car interior provides the blueprint with a sculpted tactility that reinforces the E-PACE interior’s sporty feel and tunes the driver into the driving experience.

Premium leathers are used on key touch-points such as the steering wheel, centre-console grab handle and gear shifter to enhance refinement, while the secondary controls have been made simpler and more intuitive. The 10-inch touchscreen for the Touch Pro infotainment reduces the number of hard switches while tactile and intuitive rotary dials operate the climate control functions. A 12.3-inch HD virtual Interactive Driver Display combined with the Thin Film Transistor (TFT) full colour Head-Up Display means the driver has all the information they could possibly need within their field of vision.

The interior balances the driver-focused design with a broad emphasis on overall usability and provides generous passenger and luggage space for five people with ingenious small item stowage solutions. The 8.42-litre centre console compartment can house four large water bottles, as well as configurable cupholders and trays; the lockable 10.07-litre glovebox offers secure storage, while 10.56-litre front and 8.26-litre rear door bins offer plenty of space for passengers. The E-PACE also demonstrates versatility with a configurable console stowage solution centred on smart device connectivity and customer experience.

Attention to detail is also evident in the design of the interior lighting, which illuminates essential features such as handles and stowage areas while task lighting enables customers to configure colour settings to their personal preference.

The seat materials are designed for active lifestyles with durable, technical materials and contrast stitching in vibrant colours that emphasise the E-PACE’s sportiness. Optional soft Windsor leathers with tonal stitching bring additional luxury and refinement.

A raft of beautiful details also show the fun and quirky side of Jaguar; on HSE models Jaguar ‘contemporary animal print’ designer labels are sewn into the shoulder hem of the front seats (in red on First Edition vehicles) and the same pattern is repeated on rubber mats in stowage areas.

“Creating a dynamic, modern and relevant interior continues the promise of the E-PACE’s exterior character as soon as the doors are opened. The soft, high-quality materials used throughout the cabin are the first ‘handshake’ with the customer, while charming British detail design leaves a lasting memory. The E-PACE interior design raises the bar for the compact performance SUV.”
Alister Whelan, Creative Director, Jaguar Interiors

Spot the inspiration
The Jaguar E-PACE features a number of details inspired by timeless automotive and design ideas:
• Race circuit chicane – the distinctive shape of a chicane inspired elements inside and outside the new E-PACE – most obviously in the light signature of the rear LED lamps
• Leica camera – the tactile rotary dials found at the centre of the lower dashboard are inspired by the precise controls of a classic Leica camera lens
• Gestalt theory – the theory that describes visual perception and how people organise visual elements into groups or unified wholes, even when they’re not. The front console mats and seat labels (HSE only) deliver on this promise, with a Jaguar print visible from certain angles
• Wildlife – the fun ‘Jaguar Cub’ graphic in the obscuration band of the windscreen and integrated into the puddle lamp projection have been incorporated solely to put a smile on customers’ faces

R-Dynamic design
For customers who want their E-PACE to make a clearer statement of its high-performance character, the R-Dynamic model is the solution. It is available with the same choice of powertrain options and S, SE and HSE specification packs as standard models, but has a series of visual enhancements inside and out.

On the exterior, R-Dynamic models use a series of intelligent design upgrades to achieve their standout style and enhance the E-PACE’s athleticism. A unique front bumper provides deeper outboard air intakes and includes fog lights to promote the vehicle’s sports car aesthetics.

Body-coloured sills and lower rear bumper surfaces with a Gloss Black rear valance give the vehicle a stronger sense of power and purpose. Satin chrome detailing on the front grille surround and the fender vents provides the finishing touches.

Inside, R-Dynamic models retain the E-PACE’s exceptional comfort and refinement. Sports-style seats with unique shoulder profiles and deeper bolsters are the most eye-catching addition. The R-Dynamic seats feature a unique and highly tactile Sportmesh finish and a selection of leather seat finishes in vibrant colours with contrast stitching to highlight the model’s sporty character.

Elsewhere, Jaguar’s design team has enhanced key details. A Jet Morzine headlining, brushed stainless steel pedals and R-Dynamic treadplates complete the E-PACE’s subtle change in character.

CHASSIS
The E-PACE embodies Jaguar DNA with a balance between agility and comfort, combining sports car on-road dynamics with family-friendly comfort

New chassis hardware developed specifically for the E-PACE provides the foundations for the compact performance SUV’s impressive dynamic capabilities. The chassis is based on the sophisticated Integral Link rear suspension concept developed for the Jaguar F-PACE. The Integral Link architecture separates lateral and longitudinal forces, providing the optimum combination of responsive steering and handling with longitudinal impact absorption and refinement.

The E-PACE’s advanced rear suspension is also incredibly compact, maximising interior space and allowing for generous wheel travel and articulation that gives the compact SUV excellent all-surface capability.

A new front suspension design further enhances the driver’s connection to the road. The front knuckle is a lightweight hollow-cast aluminium component designed to provide additional camber for improved turn-in and minimise understeer. A specially-tuned front subframe was developed to generate a stiffer structure including solid rear mounts to contribute to the vehicle’s connected steering feel.

The use of stiff suspension bushes and anti-roll bars enhance the sense of performance by improving steering responses and control while ensuring low roll angles, which are a key part of making the E-PACE a true Jaguar.

“With the E-PACE, our aim was to develop a Jaguar SUV that feels and responds with the character of any of our rear-wheel drive vehicles. It was fundamental to us that E-PACE delivers exceptional drive dynamics, yet is refined and comfortable, and this was achieved with intelligent solutions, such as the compact Integral Link rear suspension and the semi-solid mounted front subframe. Here is an all-wheel-drive compact performance SUV that has the precision and body control to make the E-PACE as rewarding for the driver as it is comfortable for the passengers.”
Mike Cross, Chief Engineer of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar

Jaguar engineers have used lightweight aluminium suspension components extensively, increasing stiffness and reducing unsprung mass, to achieve the E-PACE’s dynamic performance. The rear suspension is mounted on a light, stiff steel subframe to optimise both steering responses and refinement.

Configurable Dynamics and Adaptive Dynamics
The E-PACE’s Configurable Dynamics package allows customers to access even more of the compact performance SUV’s rich dynamic range by enabling the driver to tailor the driving experience to suit both the conditions and their own personal preferences – selecting either Normal or Dynamic settings for the throttle response mapping, steering response, transmission shift speed and, where fitted, the Adaptive Dynamics suspension.

Adaptive Dynamics on E-PACE introduces a continuously variable damper technology featuring a triple-tube design and externally mounted hydraulic valve that controls damping. This gave Jaguar’s dynamics team greater scope to carefully tune the balance between handling responses and body control to deliver traditional Jaguar driving DNA. The system’s benefits include faster responses to inputs, better inside/outside wheel force distribution and a dedicated off-road tune. It is available as an option and gives customers additional benefit of 21-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Adaptive Dynamics monitors vehicle movements every 2 milliseconds (0.002 seconds) and calculates the required damping force every 10 milliseconds (0.01 seconds). The package is programmed to respond instantly to the driver’s inputs and road surface changes. It gives the driver greater control and minimises body roll, providing a flatter, more balanced ride. Rough surfaces and off-road conditions are sensed immediately and the damping adapts instantaneously to retain its equilibrium.

Drivers can select both Normal and Dynamic settings for the Adaptive Dampers through a Configurable Dynamics system, as part of the JaguarDrive Control system. The Dynamic setting has been calibrated to provide increased body control, for a more connected and engaging drive. Using the Touch Pro infotainment system, customers can also access the Dynamic-i interface, which has a g-meter, stopwatch and a map of accelerator pedal response.

JaguarDrive Control in all E-PACE models gives customers a choice of four driving modes, selected using buttons on the centre console:

• Normal – an optimum balance of performance, control and comfort for regular journeys
• Dynamic – a more engaging driving experience, with dedicated Dynamic settings for a wide range of vehicle systems. Depending on the vehicle specification, these can include the steering, throttle response, Adaptive Dynamics, AWD/Active Driveline, transmission shift strategy, Dynamic Stability Control and Torque Vectoring by Braking
• ECO – modifies settings to optimise fuel economy and encourage a more efficient driving style, with revised settings for throttle response, automatic transmission, climate control and other interior comfort features
• Rain, Ice and Snow – enhances stability in low-grip conditions with revised settings for Dynamic Stability Control, throttle response and automatic transmission


ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
The E-PACE has an advanced all-wheel-drive system that complements Jaguar’s characteristic rear-wheel-drive handling balance and agile steering feel

The E-PACE is equipped with a range of advanced technology to deliver exceptional agility and feedback through the corners, efficiency during steady-state cruising and outstanding all-surface capability, delivered via a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.

Standard Driveline: confidence on all surfaces, in all weathers
The permanent AWD system reacts to driving conditions to seamlessly distribute engine torque for optimal control and confidence in all circumstances on 150PS and 180PS Ingenium diesel models and the 249PS Ingenium petrol.

In normal conditions, the system intelligently distributes torque between the front and rear to maximise stability and handling, or fuel economy, where appropriate. On slippery surfaces the system can send almost all of the engine’s power to the rear if the front axle loses traction.

Active Driveline: intelligent performance
The E-PACE’s Active Driveline all-wheel drive (AWD) system is a technological first for Jaguar that combines phenomenal all-wheel traction with Jaguar’s unmistakable rear wheel drive character. The system’s torque-biasing capability delivers outstanding assurance and dynamic handling, as well as helping to reduce fuel consumption.

The Active Driveline AWD system can transfer almost all the engine torque to the rear axle in extreme conditions. Under standard conditions, the nominal torque split delivers a rear-wheel-drive character, ensuring the E-PACE handles with the clarity and feel of a rear-wheel-drive sports car.

At the rear axle, two independent electronically-controlled wet-plate clutches distribute torque between the rear wheels, with the capability to direct 100 per cent of that torque to either rear wheel in 100 milliseconds (0.1 seconds). The extraordinary capability of the E-PACE’s Active Driveline AWD system ensures the compact SUV remains stable and predictable in all conditions.

Data from the E-PACE’s vehicle sensors enables the software to analyse the driving conditions and calculate the optimum torque distribution, updating every 10 milliseconds (0.01 seconds). The Active Driveline can then distribute torque to the rear wheel with the most available traction in an instant, enabling the vehicle to respond intelligently to different driving situations.

When the E-PACE corners, the driveline’s software analyses the yaw rate, throttle position, steering angle and lateral acceleration. The control unit will pre-emptively distribute more torque to the outside wheels when cornering based on lateral acceleration and steering angle, contributing to a neutral and predictable base handling balance. If the beginning of understeer is detected, the control unit sends even more torque to the outer rear wheel, keeping the vehicle pointing precisely where the driver is steering. If oversteer is detected, the system stabilises the vehicle by locking both rear clutches equally to provide yaw damping, making it easier for the driver to safely recover from the situation.

On low-friction surfaces, the E-PACE’s Active Driveline can allow the driver to initiate power-on oversteer and maintain a controlled drift. On very slippery surfaces, Active Driveline maintains the E-PACE’s composure and fully utilises available traction from each tyre. The slip control unit monitors individual wheel speeds every 10 milliseconds (0.01 seconds) and adjusts torque transfer to each rear wheel to minimise wheel slip and maintain vehicle stability. During mu-split conditions, the control system will lock both rear clutches to provide traction performance equal to that of a conventional AWD vehicle equipped with a locking rear differential.

During steady state cruising, Active Driveline disengages the AWD system, sending power only to the front axle, increasing fuel efficiency due to reduced parasitic losses. The system can re-engage AWD seamlessly within just 300 milliseconds (0.3 seconds) when a change in driving conditions is detected.

The technology ensures all four wheels are engaged whenever needed – pulling away from rest, accelerating sharply around a corner or when poor driving conditions are detected. When ECO mode is selected using the JaguarDrive controller, the disconnect thresholds are revised to optimise fuel efficiency but in Rain, Ice and Snow and Dynamic modes, all-wheel drive is always on.

Active Driveline is available on the 300PS petrol and 240PS diesel variants, providing the ultimate combination of Jaguar driving dynamics and all-surface traction.

Torque Vectoring by Braking
The E-PACE also offers a brake-based Torque Vectoring option that works with the car’s AWD system to support the driver in fast on-road cornering and enhanced traction in off-road conditions.

The Torque Vectoring system uses the brakes to imitate the effect of a torque-vectoring differential, balancing the distribution of engine torque between all four wheels during cornering, improving grip and steering control, reducing understeer and enhancing driver confidence.

The E-PACE’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) module uses the compact SUV’s yaw sensors, steering input, and longitudinal and lateral acceleration to spot the onset of under- and oversteer. Once detected, engine torque is decreased and imperceptible levels of braking torque is applied to individual wheels to alter the vehicle back to the driver’s intended path.

The Torque Vectoring system is active whether the compact SUV is on-throttle, off-throttle or braking. The level of intervention varies according to the selected JaguarDrive mode, with responses optimised for both Dynamic and Rain, Ice and Snow driving settings.

All surface capability
The E-PACE offers All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), the low-speed cruise control that helps drivers maintain optimum control in low-traction conditions.

Developed by Jaguar Land Rover’s all-terrain specialists, the system recognises differences between surfaces to exploit available grip by automatically adjusting engine and brake settings. The intelligent ASPC system is available on automatic models only and functions between 1.8km/h and 30km/h (1.1mph and 18mph) to ensure getaway and smooth, safe progress in slippery conditions such as icy roads, wet grass and muddy tracks.

The system can also maintain a comfortable, steady speed on steep inclines and descents, enabling the driver to focus fully on steering and negotiating obstacles.

The system is operated using the cruise control settings and even works from a standstill, allowing the driver to pull away without touching the pedals and then maintain a steady, pre-set, speed. A dedicated launch feature, Low Friction Launch, is also available. It features a unique throttle map that allows the driver to maintain complete control and operate the accelerator pedal as normal to pull away in challenging conditions.

Tested to extremes: exhaustive global test programme
From the demanding Nürburgring circuit and high-speed Nardò test track to the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa, the E-PACE has been put to the test in the world’s most challenging environments. Jaguar’s engineers have braved the freezing temperature of the Arctic Circle and the high altitudes and rivers of China’s most remote provinces to ensure the E-PACE can withstand a lifetime of use in the hands of the most active and demanding customers.

“Jaguar engineers and dynamics specialists have meticulously developed the driveline to work in harmony with the E-PACE’s chassis and stability systems. Months of tuning and calibration work on proving grounds, test facilities and public roads around the world have helped our engineers to deliver a fully capable compact SUV with Jaguar’s trademark driving DNA.”
Graham Wilkins, Chief Programme Engineer, Jaguar E-PACE


ARCHITECTURE AND BODY STRUCTURE
Designed and developed for exceptional dynamics and passenger safety, the E-PACE uses an advanced combination of high-strength steels, aluminium and lightweight composites

Jaguar’s engineers have used a variety of ultra-high-strength steels, lightweight aluminium, advanced composites and precision processes to create a compact SUV capable of delivering Jaguar dynamics and meeting strict global safety standards.

The body structure is exceptionally strong and stiff. Achieving torsional stiffness of 28.7kN/degree is key to this – the intensive use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels in critical load-bearing areas improves crash impact performance and minimises weight.

Throughout the vehicle body, the intelligent use of lightweight materials delivered the optimum balance of stiffness, strength and weight:
• The E-PACE’s powerfully profiled bonnet is produced from lightweight aluminium, saving up to 10kg over an equivalent steel part. The front fenders are produced from the same weight-saving material, yielding a 3kg benefit
• The roof panel is produced from aluminium, reducing weight by 6kg over an equivalent steel panel, lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity for improved handling and stability
• A lightweight aluminium tailgate is 15kg lighter than a conventional steel assembly. Its advanced design uses a riveting/bonding process pioneered by Jaguar, along with laser welding on selected joints to further optimise weight and quality
• The cross car beam structure, which supports the instrument panel, is a lightweight magnesium casting. The casting’s precision makes a key contribution to the tight tolerances and high quality of the car’s interior
• Thin bodysides made from a high formability steel – just 0.7mm thick – help shed an additional 3.5kg over a conventional material

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