- Small SUV joins F-Pace and all-electric I-Pace
- Available to order now
- Costs from £28,500
Jaguar reveals new E-Pace small SUV
The E-Pace will rival the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
This small SUV is a similar size and price to the BMW X1, and Audi Q3, but could also be a rival for the Volkswagen Tiguan (slightly bigger and cheaper), and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
This car follows the launch of the bigger F-Pace in 2016. It's a five-seat family car with all-wheel drive, that can tow up to 1,800kg.
The optional advanced LED headlights are similar to the ones of the F-Type, and feature Jaguar’s J-blade daytime running lights, which run around the edges of the headlights. At the rear, there’s slim, blade-like rear lights with full LEDs.
Buyers can choose from a body-coloured, black contrast, or fixed panoramic roof, and there are 11 colours to choose from. And the E-Pace comes with the option of 21-inch wheels, along with 11 other wheel possibilities.
The built-in sat-nav can work even when a GPS signal can’t be received, and you can share estimated arrival times by text or email. Commute Mode learns your daily drive so it can offer alternative routes, and Arrival Mode shows a 360-degree interactive view of your destination when you’re 200m away, and suggests the nearest available parking spaces.
Jaguar’s next-generation head-up display is also available. It can project up to 66% more information than the previous model onto the windscreen using large, full-colour graphics. Vehicle speed and navigation directions are in view at all times, with alerts and updates for infotainment, safety, and convenience appearing when needed.
Around the cabin, 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. And plenty of space to store small items, with a large centre console compartment, cupholders and trays, a large glove box, and rear door bins.
The boot is 577 litres, which translates to comfortably fitting a folded buggy, a full set of golf clubs sideways, or six flight suitcases. And if you don’t opt for a spare wheel, there’s a bonus 93-litre load space. The seats can be split 60:40, which takes the space up to 1,234 litres. And a Gesture Tailgate is optional, so you can wave your foot underneath the rear
bumper and it’ll open the boot.
On the options list is the Activity Key. It’s a waterproof and shockproof wristband which allows the driver to lock the main key inside the car (which is disabled), and head off to go scuba diving, cycling or running.
The engines are paired with either a nine-speed automatic gearbox, and the 150/180PS diesel engines are available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
All-wheel drive is standard on the 150S/180PS diesel models, and the 249PS petrol. On a slippery surface for example, the system can send almost all the engine’s power to the rear if the front axle loses traction.
Drivers can choose settings for the throttle, automatic transmission, steering, and if chosen, the adaptive dynamics suspension system – which improves roll control and agility in all conditions.
There’s also a new Forward Traffic Detection system, which warns drivers of approaching vehicles at junctions where visibility is restricted, and a pedestrian airbag, to help protect pedestrians in the event of a collision. Adaptive Drive Beam can adjust the pattern of light beams to prevent them from dazzling other drivers but without compromising visibility, Park Assist can steer the vehicle into parallel and bay parking spaces, and Front and rear parking aids are standard on every vehicle, to help with tricky manoeuvres.
The new Jaguar E-Pace is available to order now, costing from £28,500.