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-Paces 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 wasnt until now.
And that new platform means it can accommodate a battery.
The E-Pace receives JLRs 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.
Whats more, Jaguar claims that thanks to a power output of some 309 PS, itll sprint from 0-62mph in just 6.1 seconds.
Besides whats under the bonnet, the exterior has been given a tweak as well.
Theres 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 wont 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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