Which is why Jaguar is now looking to gain new customers with its first ever compact crossover – the E-Pace, which is about the same size as the Range Rover Evoque for the sake of comparison.
Getting back to the crossover itself, the E-Pace will slot below the F-Pace and become the brand’s entry-level crossover.
The front is distinctively similar to the F-Type and there has been a conscious effort from the company to give it that appeal. The E-pace was launched off a metal ramp one side, with a softer dirt bank on the other side cushioning the car’s landing.
“It would’ve been much easier to just scale down an F-Pace, and I think half of the world would’ve been expecting that”. The least we can say is that it made quite a remarkable entrance! This means you can drive it more like a sporty RWD vehicle – like the F-Type, see? – with controlled drifts and power-on oversteer. From the pronounced shoulders and character lines right down to the shape of the seats, it exudes style everywhere you look.
The E-Pace will cost from about £28,500 when it goes on sale later this year, which means it will go head-to-head with the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA.
The Jaguar design and engineering team have taken this auto to the next level tech-wise.
But E-PACE is a departure from traditional Jags as well.
The 5-passenger, 2-row E-Pace will be offered in all-wheel drive only powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in two states of tune. But don’t try this at home, folks; months of planning – including CAD modelling – went into the stunt, which earned both Jaguar and Grant yet another Guinness record, this time for the longest barrel roll of a vehicle. Inspired by the staggering F-Type, the styling of the new E-pace is apparently sportive and agile. The base motor makes 246 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque, and puts that power to the ground via a standard all-wheel-drive system. The R-Dynamic model’s turbo four produces 296 hp and 295 lb ft., good enough for a 5.9-second sprint to 60 miles per hour. For instance, you’ll get 8.42 litres of central stowage, 10.07 litres in the lockable glovebox, 577 litres of boot space, and 1234 litres of luggage space if you fold the rear seats forward.
The interior also gets all the latest tech JLR has been packing into its products these days, with the added bonus of more than one USB port.
With practicality for modern life in mind, there are four USB ports, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices and storage specifically created to hold phones or music players.
Core models in the range include the standard E-Pace, which starts at $38,600, followed by the E-Pace S at $41,500 and the E-Pace SE at $44,300. It has a bunch of cameras and sensors to help you drive good!
Hoping to build on the phenomenal success Jaguar has enjoyed with F-Pace, the E-Pace will differ in a few crucial ways. R-Dynamic models start at $48,425, and the First Edition tops the price meter at $54,545. The Jaguar is expected to share the transverse-engine mounted architecture of the Rover Evoque – a notable change from the longitudinal-engine, rear-drive based platforms of its sports sedans and F-PACE ute.