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RE: Jaguar E-Pace revealed

Sunday 16th July

Jaguar E-Pace revealed

What comes after F-Pace? A smaller, sportier E-Pace, of course!



Jaguar's second foray into the SUV market is here and it is said to be - no surprise, really - brimming with connectivity. Apparently the most connected and intelligent vehicle in its class, it is an SUV for the Facebook generation. 4G Wi-Fi connectivity for eight devices, five USB ports and four 12V charging points see to that. And there's an inventive gadget to keep pedestrians safe. Oh yes, and a clever all-wheel drive system if you're actually interested in the car bit of it. 

Like an F-Pace that's been in a really neat crash
Like an F-Pace that's been in a really neat crash
Those familiar with JLR products will know that Ingenium updates have swept across the range recently, and the E-Pace is no different. The E-Pace and E-Pace R-Dynamic are available in S, SE and HSE with a trio of diesel engines and two petrol engines mated to either a nine-speed ZF automatic or a six-speed manual, all emitting less than 190g/km of CO2. The diesel variants are a D150 available as a 2WD manual, AWD manual or AWD auto, the AWD D180 in either auto or manual guise and the D240, which is only available as an AWD auto.   

More powerful petrol variants - the P250 and P300 - are also available, as all-wheel drive automatics. R-Dynamic models can be distinguished by the deeper air intakes in the front bumper, body-coloured sills and satin chrome detailing.

The all-wheel drive systems in the E-Pace also come in two variants: Standard Driveline, a permanent AWD fitted to the D150, D180 and P250, and then Active Driveline, which is for the most powerful diesel and petrol variants. This system is similar to that seen in the Ford Focus RS, allowing for all the engine torque to be sent to the rear axle in extreme conditions; the regular Active Driveline split will see the E-Pace with a slight rearward torque bias. This is achieved through two independent electronically controlled wet-plate clutches which distribute up to 100 per cent of the torque to either rear wheel in 0.1sec. 

So small you can park it in your house, apparently
So small you can park it in your house, apparently
For those with a need to go sideways, Jaguar is playing ball - by allowing for power-on oversteer to maintain a controlled drift. Well, apparently... But if that isn't your thing and you would rather peacefully mooch around the lanes looking for a perfect picnic spot, the E-Pace is just as capable. Fitted with All Surface Progress control (ASPC) it enables the driver to cruise up to 18mph in automatic models. Consider this your crawler gear or low-range.

At 4,395mm long, the E-Pace is 44mm shorter than a BMW X1 and 25mm longer than a Range Rove Evoque but with more luggage capacity than both at 577 litres versus the BMW's 505 litres and Evoque's 420 litres. From the exterior, the E-Pace is recognisably a modern Jaguar, with the designers taking cues from the F-Type - look at those rear lights - but elsewhere too. The Leica camera was said to be an inspiration (look at the rotary dials on lower dashboard), as was wildlife (see the Jaguar cub graphic in lower part of windscreen) and Gestalt theory (the front console mats and seat labels on the HSE show a Jaguar print at certain angles). And you thought it just looked like a small F-Pace...

Familiar from other Jags, then made better
Familiar from other Jags, then made better
There are plenty of structural elements that have been taken from the F-Pace and the Range Rover Velar including the integral link rear suspension that frees up space inside the cabin. Up front, new suspension with front lightweight hollow-cast aluminium knuckles is said to provide additional camber for improved turn in. It also includes a specially tuned front subframe which is said to improve structural rigidity. The optional Adaptive Dynamic suspension is available featuring a triple tube design with an externally mounted hydraulic valve that controls the damping. When linked with the Configurable Dynamics System, it will monitor the vehicle movements every two milliseconds and calculates the damping force needed every 10 milliseconds as well as reading the driver inputs to pre-emptively load the suspension ahead of cornering.

And that pedestrian safety gadget? Well, if the driver is travelling between 16 and 31mph and the car detects a collision with a pedestrian, the bonnet will lift and an airbag will deploy to cover the base of the windscreen.

Inside, it is a familiar place for Jaguar customers - the F-Type style wraparound cockpit makes its way to the E-Pace, along with the passenger grab handle at the edge of the dash. The 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment helps reduce the number of hard switches, intended to give a cleaner, more minimalist interior feel. The infotainment system can be upgraded to the optional 12.3-inch HD virtual interactive Driver Display combined with a full-colour head-up display. 

You thought 'flipping' cars was now about residuals...
You thought 'flipping' cars was now about residuals...
As with other recent JLR products, the vehicle can be equipped with a gesture tailgate and an activity key. There will be a First Edition as well, in either D180 or P250 guise and available in Caldera Red (unique to the First Edition), Yulong White or Santorini Black.

Furthermore, as has also become the way with recent JLR launches, there's a silly stunt involved. Remember The Man with the Golden Gun? Remember the corkscrew jump, with the AMC Hornet X? Jaguar has done it again, with an E-Pace, at E-Pace. The effort cannot be faulted. And they are both red cars, after all...

The SUV is to be produced in Austria by Magna Steyr, while Chinese cars will be produced at a facility in Changshu. Prices will start at £28,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HorneyMX5

Original Poster:

3,619 posts

71 months

Thursday 13th July
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I strangely like it. Somehow, to my eyes, the current design language works better on this than he bigger f
-pace.

If I was in the market for a small SUV this car would be very hard to ignore.

Tubes63

79 posts

51 months

Thursday 13th July
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HorneyMX5 said:
If I was in the market for a small SUV this car would be very hard to ignore.
My first reaction on hearing of this was a strong "Nope", but i think you're probably right.

BenjiS

110 posts

12 months

Thursday 13th July
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I like it. Comes with a lot of toys that cost a lot of money on other current Jaguars though.

And I can see some confusion with 'S' being the XE, XF, and F-Pace top of the range, but E-Pace bottom of the range...

Nickbrapp

1,472 posts

51 months

Thursday 13th July
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Suzuki swift




Jaguar e pace


RacerMike

1,537 posts

132 months

Thursday 13th July
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For once, the pricing seems to be about right. If you compare it to an equivalent Nissan Qashqai (130ps diesel FWD) it's actually bang on the money, and I know which one I'd rather have. Interested to know what percentage actually spec one up to £60k.....
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RacerMike

1,537 posts

132 months

Thursday 13th July
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Nickbrapp said:
Suzuki swift




Jaguar e pace

It's red. That's about the only similarity I can see....

HeMightBeBanned

416 posts

99 months

Friday 14th July
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I like the way it looks very much, and it'll probably drive pretty well. My wife would have one in a heartbeat... if it had a consumption-improving Hybrid option. The lack of a Hybrid seems to be a significant omission in this day and age.

Meanwhile, Autocar is reporting that, at 1700kg, it's significantly heavier than the competition. Being overweight is a recurring theme for Jaguar. Why? The 300hp petrol model does 0-60mph in a shade under 6 seconds. Pretty lacklustre given all those horses.

had ham

2,737 posts

104 months

Friday 14th July
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No doubt it will drive well, but like every other current Jag product, it's completely bland to look at, inside and out.

Clearly looks are subjective, but this to me is utterly forgetful.

tyrrell

1,023 posts

129 months

Friday 14th July
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I love it, but with a decent engine and spec it's a £50k car, crazy money eek

Evilex

364 posts

25 months

Friday 14th July
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When I read "E-pace", I was expecting some sort of all-electric Tesla rival. Alas, no.

RacerMike

1,537 posts

132 months

Friday 14th July
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Evilex said:
When I read "E-pace", I was expecting some sort of all-electric Tesla rival. Alas, no.
That’d be the I-Pace

Huntsman

5,890 posts

171 months

Friday 14th July
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All the suspension talk and the tyre/wheel combo sounds too me like its just another hard sprung and over damped horrible device that will crash about all over our wrecked roads.

Nickbrapp

1,472 posts

51 months

Friday 14th July
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RacerMike said:
Nickbrapp said:
Suzuki swift




Jaguar e pace

It's red. That's about the only similarity I can see....
And the same shape grill, same shaped headlights, same steep windscreen,

DoctorX

3,490 posts

88 months

Friday 14th July
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I think that looks great but, as others have said, will likely be too pricey with a decent spec.

mradam

24 posts

15 months

Friday 14th July
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What is it about having graphics in the grey windscreen border now? I had the displeasure of driving a Jeep Renegade for a week recently and that is adorned with graphics of 4x4's off roading all around it.

CDP

5,324 posts

175 months

Friday 14th July
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Jaguar used to have the strap line "Grace, Pace and Space".

Now they launch a dumpy little overweight SUV with a kerb crawling mode built in Austria.

It's what the market wants so the right product and should sell in buckets but like it's contemporaries this makes the Austin Allegro look svelte...



Beefmeister

13,859 posts

151 months

Friday 14th July
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Huntsman said:
All the suspension talk and the tyre/wheel combo sounds too me like its just another hard sprung and over damped horrible device that will crash about all over our wrecked roads.
You clearly haven't driven a modern Jaguar then. Despite having big wheels and low profile tyres they ride far better than the competition while still handling well. An XE-S on 20's rides far better than a 3-Series M-Sport on 18's.

GTEYE

912 posts

131 months

Friday 14th July
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Nickbrapp said:
RacerMike said:
Nickbrapp said:
Suzuki swift




Jaguar e pace

It's red. That's about the only similarity I can see....
And the same shape grill, same shaped headlights, same steep windscreen,
Hmm I see different shaped grille, different shaped headlights and a different rake to the windscreen.

They are both red though, and both cars, I'll give you that.

Cotic

455 posts

73 months

Friday 14th July
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Why is it built in Austria? Is Halewood really at capacity? I'd be very surprised if it is, given that Ford used to churn out twelvety-thousand Escorts a week from there, and Jag themselves produced the relatively high volume X-Type and Freelander there.

And no, it looks nothing like a Suzuki, red or otherwise.

Phil Dicky

4,929 posts

184 months

Friday 14th July
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Nickbrapp said:
Suzuki swift




Jaguar e pace

Be honest you were drunk weren't you smile