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Jaguar E-Pace: Everything You Need To Know

The Jaguar E-Pace is the brands latest entry into the SUV market, following on from the success of the Jaguar F-Pace.

Although Jaguar has been slow to enter the SUV market, its effort with the F-Pace has taken the market by storm, with over 20,000 being sold in 2016. Jaguar has recently added a new SUV to its range, named the Jaguar E-Pace, a smaller variant of the F-Pace, which may attract fans of the F-Pace that want something a little bit smaller and a little bit more sporty.

The Jaguar E-Pace will start to hit our roads towards the latter end of 2017, going up against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and the Audi Q3.

Here's everything you need to know about the new Jaguar E-Pace.

Jaguar E-Pace: Pricing

The Jaguar E-Pace holds quite a premium over rival vehicles, with prices ranging from £28,000 all the way up to £50,700 depending on what options are chosen and what engine you go for.

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For the price, the amount of standard equipment you get is more lower down the trim levels when compared to rival vehicles, although top-spec models do massively increase in price but lower spec models are by no means lacking in terms of specification.

Jaguar E-Pace: Exterior and Design

The E-Pace benefits from the brand's new SUV touches, all combined with a smaller, more sporty design. Being the baby brother of the F-Pace, the E-Pace takes a lot of characteristics from the F-Pace in terms of shape and general design, although, deeper into the exterior styling you'll start to see styling that mimics that of the F-Type.

For the most-part, the E-Pace does stay inline with Jaguar's design language, the big squared front grille along with slight overhangs at the front and rear.

The sloping roof-line gives the E-Pace a sporty, compact look whilst wheels from 17in and up give it a raised and prominent road presence.

Jaguar E-Pace: Interior and Technology

The interior of the Jaguar E-Pace is very driver-focus as well as presenting a sporty guise, taking a lot of inspiration from the F-Type.

A very noticeable feature on the E-Pace is the low grab handle which is used on the F-Type. Also adding to the sporty guise is a gear stick for E-Pace's with an automatic gearbox, this is used instead of the rotary controller to give a more sporty and driver-focused feel.

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The E-Pace also benefits from a large range of infotainment and connectivity functions, this is Jaguar's attempt at hopefully attracting some younger buyers - although, the price-tag says otherwise -. Jaguar's 10-inch touchscreen features which brings Jaguar's InControl touch pro system, featuring as standard and can be controlled by three rotary controllers.

An optional TFT display can be added to the E-Pace which will display information such as navigation and further information about the car. A 4G Wi-Fi hotspot will also feature with up to eight devices being able to connect to it. Five USB charging ports can also be found and the wearable key - seen on the F-Pace - can also be added as an option.

Jaguar E-Pace: Safety and Driver Assistance

Much like the F-Pace, the E-Pace benefits from a range of safety and driver assistance features. Cameras around the E-Pace enable Autonomous Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Also offered as options are intelligent Speed Limiter and Driver Condition Monitor systems, although front and rear parking aids are standard.

Cameras around the E-Pace work with the electric power-assisted steering and rear radars, giving the driver Blind Spot Assist functions. When visibility is restricted at junctions - Forward Traffic Detection warns the driver of approaching vehicles when visibility is restricted.

In the event of a collision, a pedestrian airbag deploys from beneath the edge of the bonnet which will help reduce damage on impact.

The Jaguar E-Pace is the first to feature the next-generation Head-Up-Display from the company. Using large full-colour graphics, the new HUD can display 66% more information on the windscreen which are highly visible to the driver.

The HUD displays essential information to the driver, including; vehicle speed, navigation directions, updates, infotainment information, safety and convenience features are displayed to the driver at all times in the driver's line of sight.

Jaguar E-Pace: Engines and Performance

The entry level Jaguar E-Pace is a front-wheel-drive model. With a 2.0-litre diesel that can produce 148bhp, averaging around 60 mpg.

All other variants of the E-Pace get four-wheel-drive, other engines include; a 2.0-litre diesel, producing 178bhp as well as a 237bhp version and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol offered in either 147bhp or 296bhp.

Petrol variants of the E-Pace are paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox as well as the 237bhp 2.0 diesel. 148bhp and 178bhp diesels get a six-speed manual as standard but the nine-speed automatic gearbox will be offered as an option.

All E-Pace models come with four driving modes which drivers can select to suit the conditions they are driving in. The four modes are Normal - used for everyday driving; Dynamic - which sharpens up steering, accelerator and auto gearbox responses; Eco - which softens responses to encourage more efficient driving and Rain, Ice and Snow - which enhances stability in conditions where they may be reduced grip.

An optional Adaptive Dynamics system can be added which will make the suspension more firm, reducing body roll in corners.

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Posted on 23rd August 2017 at 2:54 PM

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