The Jaguar E-Pace, a five-seater compact SUV, is the newest member of the brand's growing SUV family following the I-Pace concept and the F-Pace. The car is now on sale in European markets and is expected to come to India in the near future.
The exterior design is inspired by the F-Type sports car and is characterised by the distinctive gaping grille, muscular proportions, short overhangs and powerful haunches.
Optional 21-inch alloy wheels give the E-Pace a bold and purposeful stance. Jaguar’s sports car heritage is also evident in the fast sweep of the roofline and the distinctive side window graphic.
The SUV is 4,395mm long while its 2,681mm wheelbase seats five in comfort and yields a generous rear legroom of 892mm while the luggage capacity stands at 577-litres.
The Jaguar 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 power plant is available in 150bhp, 180bhp and 240bhp outputs, while the pair of 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium petrol turbo units deliver 249bhp or 300bhp.
The permanent AWD system reacts to driving conditions to distribute engine torque for optimal traction in all circumstances on 150bhp and 180bhp Ingenium diesel models and the 249bhp Ingenium petrol.
In normal conditions, the system distributes torque between the front and rear 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.
Initially, with UK facilities close to capacity, Jaguar Land Rover has agreed a partnership with engineering and manufacturing specialist Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
The new E-Pace will be the first vehicle produced under the arrangement with the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace also commencing production there in 2018.
Additionally, the E-Pace will be produced for the Chinese market at Chery Jaguar Land Rover's manufacturing plant in Changshu. It will go on sale in China later in 2018.