In a nutshell
- New Jaguar E-Pace revealed.
- Range now features both mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid models for the very first time.
- Exterior tweaks to front grille and bumpers are subtle, enhancing the E-Pace’s looks rather than overhauling it.
- Interior is improved while a new 11.25 inch touchscreen steals the show in the cabin.
- Plug-in hybrid variant capable of returning 141 miles to the gallon, travelling 34 miles in electric-only mode, and can get from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds.
The ever-popular Jaguar E-Pace has been given a major update.
And while the compact SUV might not look so different on the outside, the big news is that the E-Pace now comes with mild-hybrid and plug-in power.
The ‘E-Pace’ name has always been slightly confusing for consumers.
Many assumed, at first glance, that the mini SUV must be electric because of the ‘E’ prefix.
But that was never the case… or at least it wasn’t until now.
And that new platform means it can accommodate a battery.
The E-Pace receives JLR’s next-generation ‘Ingenium’ engines, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, and latest 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, and these mills feature mild-hybrid tech to boost efficiencies.
They can be enjoyed in a range of power outputs, from an ample 163 PS to an extremely healthy 300 PS.
Meanwhile the headline-grabbing stat is the plug-in hybrid variant.
Here a 1.5 litre, three-cylinder petrol engine is married to a small electric motor that sends power to the rear axle.
It provides an all-electric range of 34 miles, 141 miles to the gallon, combined CO2 emissions of just 44g/km, and is capable of a 0-80 per cent charge in as little as 30 minutes.
What’s more, Jaguar claims that thanks to a power output of some 309 PS, it’ll sprint from 0-62mph in just 6.1 seconds.
Besides what’s under the bonnet, the exterior has been given a tweak as well.
There’s a new front grille, new bumpers and new LED headlight and tail lights, which give the E-Pace a ‘more assertive stance and luxurious appearance’, according to Jaguar.
If you struggle to tell the difference between the new car and the old E-Pace, you won’t be alone.
But step inside the cabin, and things have definitely been freshened up.
At the heart of the interior is a new 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen, which controls the new ‘Pivi Pro’ infotainment system. The Pivi Pro is also a fixture of the much more expensive Jaguar I-Pace, and essentially connects you to the outside world while also being as easy to use as a smartphone.
A new Cabin Air Filtration system has been added to the climate control, too, which gets rid of harmful fine particulate matter often found in cities and high-traffic areas and can also banish nasty smells.
Dirk Lorenz, Chief Product Engineer, Jaguar, said: “The new Jaguar E-PACE is available with a comprehensive choice of powertrains to suit any requirement while the new Premium Transverse Architecture ensures the exceptional performance, ride, handling and comfort expected from a Jaguar.”
Available to order now, the new Jaguar E-Pace is priced from £32,575.
Meanwhile you can lease the E-Pace from just £319 per month.
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